‘Better Call Saul’: Cast, Timeline Details and New Photos

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Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, creators of AMC’s upcoming “Better Call Saul,” shared details on the new cast members who will be joining “Breaking Bad” alums Bob Odenkirk and Jonathan Banks in the Emmy-winning show’s highly anticipated spinoff series.

As was previously reported, Michael McKean will play Chuck, Rhea Seehorn will play Kim, Patrick Fabian will play Hamlin and Michael Mando will play Nacho – characters that will represent both legitimate and illegitimate sides of the law.

“McKean plays Bob’s brother,” Gould confirmed. “We have these two comedy legends working together. He’s playing Saul’s brother. He’s one of the main characters we’ve introduced. He’s just a tremendous performer and he also answers questions about ‘Spinal Tap’.”

The duo were mum about other character descriptions, although in regards to Seehorn’s character and the inevitable comparisons to Anna Gunn’s Skyler White, Gilligan joked that he “will never write less-than-perfect women again.”

“Rhea, she is just as cute as she can be and just a wonderful funny actress and capable a great deal of depth,” Gilligan added.

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AMC also released two new photos, shown here, and noted in the press release that the show is a prequel — possibly putting aside speculation about the show’s flexible timeline.

“It is period,” said Gilligan, stating it takes place in 2002 and adding that “we tried hard on ‘Breaking Bad’ to try not to be too specific where it is.”

Still, he later teased, “you saw on ‘Breaking Bad’ that we like nonlinear storytelling.”

As previously announced, Gilligan directed the first episode of the series, which has already been greenlit for a second season of 13 episodes.

The debut season, which will consist of 10 episodes, will premiere in 2015 — later than expected and something for which Gilligan says he takes responsibility.

“We have a way of doing things that is slower than most TV shows,” Gilligan said. “We want to think everything through and we feel that that pays dividends.”

“Better Call Saul” is executive produced by Gilligan, Gould, Mark Johnson and Melissa Bernstein with “Breaking Bad” alums Thomas Schnauz and Stewart A. Lyons as co-executive producers for Sony Pictures Television.

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  1. missyrocks5 says:

    Can’t wait

  2. ToddGack says:

    I don’t mean to harp on about a comment that clearly not many people are concerned with, but I think it’s evidence of a pretty problematic relationship TV viewers have with female characters. I know that Gilligan was being sarcastic, and that he’s been a great defender of Skylar White and calling out criticism of her character as not-so-veiled misogyny.

    I like less-than-perfect female characters, because they remind me of real women- who are dynamic, complex, don’t have all the answers, have contradictory wants and needs, are not always congenial, or supportive, don’t always put their husbands and children first (gasp). Our expectation of female characters have a lot to say about our expectations of women. And we, as a culture, have got to get a grip, otherwise our daughters are doomed.

    • Ned says:

      Less than perfect women are everywhere. It’s a peculiarity of our place in time that we’ve talked ourselves into their being anything ELSE. They’re pretty. Pretty’s not perfect. And here’s the kicker: NOBODY knows it more than they do. That’s not misogyny. That’s acknowledging human nature. Hanging that “perfect” jive on them is the REAL disservice.

  3. Bill Pena says:

    I just hope they return Lavell Crawford (Huell)..I got a kick out of him. And its great that Jonathan Banks is returning. I got a kick when Saul would say that Banks had those “Shark eyes” that would roll for the kill!

  4. ToddGack says:

    Why won’t Gilligan “write less-than-perfect women again”?

  5. shokamo says:

    This is going to be real cool. It would be a riot to see Saul Goodman in a court room. Taking out the snubbish silver spoon attorney’s and hashing out deals with the baddest of the bad. Got to bring back Armentraute. And don’t forget Huell!

  6. Heather Thorpe says:

    Hurry up already! I cannot wait to see this show! I already know it’s going to be awesome!

  7. So glad to hear this is going forward but what about Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston? In the first press releases, I read they would be appearing…albeit possibly only in cameo roles…but I think to leave them out would be a big letdown for all Breaking Bad fans. If they are not included in Better Call Saul, who is being foolish enough to not create an additonal series with them either together or apart.

  8. The Wise Guy says:

    In Vince Gilligan we trust! Can’t wait!

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