“Better Call Saul” fans-to-be finally have a date to put on their calendars. AMC announced Thursday that the wait for the “Breaking Bad” spinoff will end with a two-night premiere on Feb. 8 and Feb. 9. Following the special debut, the show will assume a regular time slot on Monday night. “Better Call Saul” is set six years before the events of “Breaking Bad” and deals with the origin story of Walter White’s sleazy lawyer Saul Goodman, played again by Bob Odenkirk.
In light of the announced premiere date, here is (almost) everything fans know so far about “Better Call Saul” on AMC:
1. It’s funny.
Though the show will look very similar to “Breaking Bad,” using many of the same locations and shot in a similar style, the tone will be very different. While “Breaking Bad” was a drama that occasionally made fans laugh, “Better Call Saul” will be a comedy first.
Jonathan Banks will resume his role as Mike Ehrmantraut from “Breaking Bad” in the new series. The fan-favorite character will be a series regular, back in action as Goodman’s fixer, who does whatever is necessary to get the job done (“No half measures,” remember).
3. Jimmy McGill
When the series begins, Saul Goodman will not be Saul Goodman but an upstart lawyer named Jimmy McGill. Series creators Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould teased fans over the summer by asking what kind of trouble Jimmy would have to be involved in to require changing his name to Saul Goodman. Fans will find out next February.
4. The Kettlemans
The show has cast Julie Ann Emery (“Fargo”) and Jeremy Shamos (“Birdman”) as Betsy and Craig Kettleman. The couple is described as “the world’s most square outlaws.” Like Walter White, the Kettlemans might not look the part, but they're criminals, searching for a lawyer, when they meet Goodman. The Kettlemans were made series regulars after impressing the show’s producers in their premiere appearance.
5. The Song
Show creator Gilligan wrote a song for the show called “Better Call Saul.” Country singer Junior Brown performed the song and AMC produced a music video for the funny tune. Will “Better Call Saul” be the show’s theme song?
Watch the latest promo for "Better Call Saul" below:
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