It’s no surprise that the upcoming “Breaking Bad” spin-off “Better Call Saul” would be considered a drama, despite initially being conceived as a sitcom, but how much of it is a drama? In a recent interview, Saul himself, Bob Odenkirk, gave out some official percentages (which were a little higher than series creator Vince Gilligan’s take on the series) on how much drama and comedy we can expect from the series.
“It’s total drama, man,” Odenkirk told The Hollywood Reporter. “It’s 85 percent drama, 15 percent comedy.”
The series will also feature Jonathan Banks, Michael McKean, Rhea Seehorn, Patrick Fabian and Michael Mando. “Breaking Bad” creator Vince Gilligan and executive producer Peter Gould created the show together and serve as co-showrunners of the premiere season, which is set six years before Saul Goodman meets Walter White.
When we meet him, the man who will become Saul Goodman is known as Jimmy McGill, a small-time lawyer searching for his destiny, and, more immediately, hustling to make ends meet. Working alongside, and, often, against Jimmy, is Mike Erhmantraut (Banks). The series will track Jimmy’s transformation into Saul Goodman, the man who puts “criminal” in “criminal lawyer.” The series’ tone is dramatic, woven through with dark humor.
Gilligan directed the first episode of the series, which has already been greenlit for a second season of 13 episodes. The first season will consist of 10 episodes and will premiere in February of 2015.