Hit AMC crime drama “Breaking Bad” may be about to come to an end, but for Bob Odenkirk, who stars as lovably slimy lawyer Saul Goodman, it could be the beginning of a beautiful spin-off.
According to Deadline, “Breaking Bad” creator Vince Gilligan and Odenkirk are in talks with “Breaking Bad” writer and producer Peter Gould to helm the Saul Goodman spin-off. The tentatively titled “Better Call Saul!” would be an hour-long legal comedy, though it’s possible it could clock in at a half-hour instead.
Possible series showrunner Gould originally created Odenkirk’s character of Saul Goodman for the season 2 episode “Better Caul Saul!” in which Goodman was introduced as a criminal lawyer able to guide series leads Walt and Jesse through the ins and outs of meth distribution.
Fans have spread rumors about a possible Saul Goodman spin-off in the past, but on Wednesday Odenkirk spoke with Vulture to say that not only has Gilligan thought about the idea but that the two have actively been pitching ideas for the Saul Goodman spin-off.
“Oh yeah, we've talked about it,” Odenkirk told Vulture after filming "Breaking Bad's" final episode. “Vince is still really busy with the show so we haven’t talked very in-depth about it, but he clearly thinks it’s a possibility. And I've certainly told him that if there was some way to see more of Saul then I would be happy to do it. It would be fun.”
At this point, nothing seems set in stone, but as “Breaking Bad” wraps up its series finale later this month, fans are sure to be clamoring for more from the Emmy-winning cast. Even if Odenkirk is the only actor to return in the possible Saul Goodman spin-off, fans would definitely tune in as long as Gilligan and company could deliver the same level of quality “Breaking Bad” offers.
The problem is that spin-offs can be a mixed bag. For every universally beloved spin-off like “Frasier,” there are three subpar shows like “The Cleveland Show,” “Joey” and “Joanie Loves Chachi.” Even successful, highly rated programs can birth terrible, unloved spin-offs, and it’s entirely possible that a TV show dedicated entirely to Saul Goodman would be dead on arrival.
Still, this hasn’t stopped fans and writers from speculating about the look and feel of a Saul Goodman spin-off. Most agree that as long as Odenkirk can deliver the same sleezy, manic energy he brought to “Breaking Bad,” “Mr. Show” and dozens of other comedic gems, fans would turn in as long as it aired.
To celebrate the idea of a possible Saul Goodman spin-off, let’s take a look at one of the greatest Saul Goodman moments from “Breaking Bad,” the commercial that introduced Albuquerque’s greatest criminal lawyer to the world at large.