In a conversation with The Hollywood Reporter chief TV critic Tim Goodman, Bob Odenkirk revealed a lot of fun things about the highly anticipated Breaking Bad spin-off, Better Call Saul.
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When IFC ordered a series from Los Angeles sketch-comedy group the Birthday Boys, the septet wasn’t starting from scratch: Not only did it have eight years of performance experience under its belt, but it also had Bob Odenkirk—a man whose face belongs on the Mt. Rushmore of sketch comedy—as a collaborator, frequent star, and executive producer. That said, television remained a new frontier for the Birthday Boys, and the 10 episodes they made last year—now available on Netflix—provided a crash course in TV production for them.
Ahead of the season 2 premiere of The Birthday Boys tonight at 11:30 ET on IFC, EW sat down with Jefferson Dutton, Dave Ferguson, Michael Hanford, Tim Kalpakis, Matt Kowalick, Mike Mitchell, and Chris Vanartsdalen at IFC headquarters in Manhattan to talk about what they learned.
1. Standards & practices doesn’t do jokes about child molestation.
TIM KALPAKIS: There was a fun sex romp comedy movie trailer called Molesters. [Everyone laughs.] That one made it through the group, made it to IFC, and came right back. [Laughs.]
JEFFERSON DUTTON: When they rejected it, [they said] “We don’t even have to tell you why this won’t work.”
KALPAKIS: It was the only time ever that the note was “We can’t do this.”
DUTTON: It was “No, we can do no version of this.” [Laughs.]
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What was the premise?
KALPAKIS: It was in the dog days of summer, and seven adult guys are hanging out in the cul de sac of a suburban neighborhood.
DUTTON: “Another bummer summer.”
KALPAKIS: “Man, this summer is boring.”
DUTTON: A van pulls up.
KALPAKIS: A cherubic new boy in town struts by [Laughs.] and everyone goes “Whoa!”
DAVE FERGUSON: Like Michael J. Fox when he sees the 4-by-4 [in Back to the Future].
KALPAKIS: With some cool music. And then it was just a hard cut to prison. They’re like, [dejected] “Man, this summer…”
FERGUSON: The only thing that’s unfair about shooting that down is they do get their comeuppance.
Drive after drinking three Long Island Iced Teas? Steal a George Foreman Grill from a Walmart? Have kids in your “creepy van?” Now there’s a song telling you to do what Breaking Bad fans already know you should: call Saul Goodman.
In anticipation of Saul’s Breaking Bad prequel series, Better Call Saul, AMC released a “Better Call Saul” music video for the song performed by country musician Junior Brown. The video features a bit of footage from the show, though it mostly focuses on Brown, who is surrounded by pretty women showing off TVs with Saul on their screens. READ FULL STORY
Maybe it hasn’t been put this way yet, but we’re living in the golden age of sketch comedy on television. When else has there been such a plethora of great options? Comedy Central has several of them—Key & Peele, Kroll Show, Inside Amy Schumer—but comedy nerds should also be watching The Birthday Boys on IFC.
Executive produced by sketch-comedy guru Bob Odenkirk (for Ben Stiller’s Red Hour) and starring the titular L.A.-based group, the series returns for its second season Oct. 17—which leaves plenty of time to binge the 10-episode first season on Netflix if you missed it. Fans of Odenkirk’s seminal sketch series Mr. Show will undoubtedly see its influence on the Birthday Boys’ sketches, which mostly eschew timely references (that quickly grow dated) in favor of a more whimsical goofiness.
In this exclusive clip from the show’s upcoming second season, the Boys star in a commercial for designer clothes too expensive to really wear. It features another comedy legend, Dana Carvey (on whose short-lived sketch show Odenkirk wrote).
The Birthday Boys airs Friday nights at 11:30 p.m. ET on IFC.
We may not have seen the last of Walter White.
Peter Gould, executive producer of AMC’s Breaking Bad spinoff Better Call Saul, told the New York Daily News that the spinoff will jump between decades and may even include scenes that take place during the Breaking Bad timeline. This means that there’s a chance Bryan Cranston will reprise his three-time Emmy-winning role as school teacher-turned-meth kingpin Walter White. READ FULL STORY
One of the big questions surrounding Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul has been: Will any characters from the original show be seen conspiring with shady criminal lawyer Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk)? The answer: You can Banks on it.
Jonathan Banks — a.k.a. lethal, world-weary fixer Mike Ehrmantraut on AMC’s acclaimed drug drama — has signed on as a series regular, the network confirmed today. (Deadline first reported the news.) The one-hour prequel, which is being overlorded by BB creator Vince Gilligan and co-executive producer Peter Gould, will focus on Goodman’s legal wheeling and dealings before crossing paths with chemistry teacher-turned-crystal meth king Walter White (Bryan Cranston). The casting of Banks makes sense: In addition to serving as the head of security for drug and chicken lord Gustavo Fring (Giancarlo Esposito), and later partnering up with Walter and Jesse (Aaron Paul), Mike worked as a PI/cleaner in association with Saul. Banks joined Breaking Bad at the end of season 2 and received an Emmy nomination in season 5 for his role, which ended when [SPOILER ALERT] Mike was murdered by Walt. READ FULL STORY
'The Birthday Boys': See a clip from the IFC sketch series produced by Bob Odenkirk and Ben Stiller -- VIDEO
Yes, Bob Odenkirk is returning to the world of weekly sketch comedy series. Nope, it’s not in the form of Mr. Show. (Though, if you said that, you’ve got guts… the guts of a man who’s fired!). Odenkirk and Ben Stiller — who teamed up in the early ’90s on Fox’s short-lived, Emmy-winning The Ben Stiller Show — are the executive producers of The Birthday Boys, which premieres Oct. 18 at 10:30 p.m. on IFC. Look for Odenkirk to appear regularly on the show as well. (And, of course, on the Breaking Bad spin-off featuring Saul Goodman. And on Fargo.) Stiller, meanwhile, will guest-star in one episode.
In case you’re not familiar with the Birthday Boys — a.k.a. Jefferson Dutton, Dave Ferguson, Mike Hanford, Tim Kalpakis, Matt Kowalick, Mike Mitchell, and Chris VanArtsdalen — they are a sketch group that formed in 2007 and have performed regularly at L.A.’s Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. Now they’re ready to kick things up multiple notches and get into a special kind of mischief. How crazy does it get? Click on the video below before you get TP’d.
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Need a Minnesota deputy? Better call Bob!
Comic-actor Bob Odenkirk has signed on to FX’s series version of the Coen Brothers film Fargo.
He’ll play Deputy Bill Olson, a Bemidji deputy with seniority over his younger, smarter and more ambitious fellow deputy, Molly Solverson, played by Allison Tolman.
FX also announced Friday that Oliver Platt, Kate Walsh and Glenn Howerton are also joining the cast. Platt (The Big C) will play “the Supermarket King of Minnesota,” Kate Walsh (Private Practice) will play a former stripper and mother of teenaged twin boys, and Howerton (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) will portray an ambitious personal trainer. READ FULL STORY
Yes, Breaking Bad is gone for good, and Better Call Saul is still just a glimmer in Vince Gilligan’s eye. But if there’s a Bob Odenkirk-shaped hole in your heart, fear not: The scene stealer will return to TV later this month with The Birthday Boys, a new IFC series. It’s the first sketch show Odenkirk has headlined since his Mr. Show days — and that fact, plus the presence of co-executive producer Ben Stiller, should be enough to excite any fan of ’90s cult comedy.
Though The Birthday Boys doesn’t premiere on TV until Oct. 18, IFC has already posted an episode online. Check it out here — then discuss whether you think it’ll be an effective Saul stopgap.
Looks like Saul just got the call.
In news that will please soon-to-be-in-mourning Breaking Bad fans, AMC is greenlighting a spin-off series that will feature Breaking Bad character Saul Goodman, played by Bob Odenkirk. While the network and studio, Sony Pictures Television, announced today only that they have reached a licensing agreement for the show, it’s expected to receive a series order from AMC once contracts are finalized. READ FULL STORY
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