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'Better Call Saul' creators: Walt and Jesse not in first season (but all 'Breaking Bad' characters might eventually appear)

Better Call Saul creators Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould want to clear up some of the online confusion over their Breaking Bad prequel. The writer-producers and the Better Call Saul cast took the stage at the Television Critics Association’s semi-annual press tour in Pasadena on Saturday to take questions from reporters, many of whom have seen the first two episodes of the eagerly anticipated series which debuts Feb. 8 (the first-blush verdict in the room seems to be: The spin-off is much better than skeptics expected).

Gilligan and Gould said the question they’re most often asked is whether certain Breaking Bad characters will show up in the new series. It turns out stars Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul will not appear in the first season, but all Breaking Bad characters could and likely will show up on Saul at some point.

“In the spirit of full disclosure, Walt and Jesse will not appear in season 1,” Gould said. “Having said that, everything else is on the table.” Gould noted there’s a large board in the Saul writers’ room listing all the characters from Breaking Bad as potential script fodder. READ FULL STORY

Get your first look at Vince Gilligan and David Shore's 'Battle Creek'

Crimes in Battle Creek, Mich., are taken seriously, but the local law enforcement has to contend with an unusual set of criminals.

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Patton Oswalt to guest on CBS' 'Battle Creek'

Battle Creek, CBS’ upcoming buddy cop drama co-created by Breaking Bad‘s Vince Gilligan and House‘s David Shore may not have a premiere date, but it does have a noteworthy guest star.

Patton Oswalt joins stars Josh Duhamel and Dean Winters as the unorthodox mayor of Battle Creek, Mich., in the freshman season’s sixth episode, “Cereal Killer,” EW has learned exclusively. The character’s full name? Mayor Scooter Hardy. There really was no other casting choice.

Duhamel stars as Milton Chamberlain, a handsome, charismatic FBI agent with unlimited resources, who opens a field office at the underfunded police station in Battle Creek and chooses a gruff local detective, Russ Agnew (Winters), to be his partner. Janet McTeer, Kal Penn, Edward Fordham, Jr. and Aubrey Dollar also star.

Oswalt, who’s become a go-to guest star, is also set to reprise his role as Fire Marshall Boone on Fox’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine this fall. Other recent turns include appearances on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Modern Family, Drunk History, Justified, and  Parks and Recreation.

Vince Gilligan on the 'Breaking Bad' finale, the abandoned 'Wild Bunch' bloodbath ending, and the all-time best finale

All Bad things must come to an end, read the tagline for the final season of Breaking Bad. And when the revered drug drama came barreling to a finish last September, creator Vince Gilligan, his writers, Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, and the rest of the cast sent off Walt in a machine-gun blaze of tragic glory — and it was good. And that’s no easy task. For EW’s “The Art of Saying Goodbye” story, which ran in the April 11 issue, we interviewed the masterminds behind 10 iconic series, who discussed the formidable challenges of concocting the perfect farewell episode. Here, in a bonus Q&A, Gilligan — who wrote and directed the send-off, titled “Felina” — dishes on the process of crafting the last installment of the critically adored drug drama, provocative ideas for the endings that were abandoned, how the spin-off Better Call Saul factored into the plans, and his all-time favorite TV finale. READ FULL STORY

Spanish 'Breaking Bad' remake 'Metastasis' vs. the original: What's new? PHOTOS

The bad news is you’re suffering from Breaking Bad withdrawal. The good news? Fans of the hit AMC show — which wrapped up its five-season run in a gripping finale last fall — can look forward to an upcoming Spanish language remake that has plenty in common with Vince Gilligan’s Emmy-winning drama.

Or will it? Sure, true to the original, Walter Blanco — his last name means “white” — is a timid chemistry teacher who transforms into a meth-dealing mastermind after he’s diagnosed with lung cancer. But there are also a few notable differences too, which make Metástasis a blend of high-stakes telenovela drama and American cable TV storytelling. (Never fear: Gilligan consulted on the Colombian remake.) Here are a few of the most striking differences — with the promise of a lot more to come when the show premieres in July in the United States on Univision-owned network UniMás.

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'Battle Creek': Kal Penn cast in Vince Gilligan detective drama

Kal Penn is the first actor to be cast in CBS’ Battle Creek, a detective drama from Breaking Bad mastermind Vince Gilligan and House creator David Shore, EW has confirmed.

This marks a reunion for Penn — best known for the Harold & Kumar movies — and Shore, who worked together on House from 2007 to 2012. While the series will focus on the relationship between a detective and an FBI agent in Battle Creek, Michigan, Penn plays a different detective who bumps heads with the fed.

Battle Creek is set to debut in the fall on CBS. The casting news was first reported by Deadline.

'Breaking Bad' creator Vince Gilligan on the finale, 'Better Call Saul' and his acting debut on 'Community'

2013 was the breakout year for Breaking Bad. The critically adored meth drama, which had enthralled a fervent yet modest-sized fanbase, went next level with its final eight episodes, rocketing to record ratings while dominating talk on Twitter and around watercoolers. Before the New Mexico dust had settled, the show also scored its first Outstanding Drama Series Emmy. For those reasons and more, Breaking Bad was named as one of EW’s Entertainers of the Year and EW critic Melissa Maerz’s No. 1 TV show of 2013, while season 5’s “Ozymandias” topped our Best Episodes of 2013 list. Series creator Vince Gilligan talked with EW about his year to remember, Breaking Bad‘s finale, the plans for spin-off prequel Better Call Saul, his upcoming guest spot on Community and the person he’s dying to work with.
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'Breaking Bad' creator Vince Gilligan to guest on 'Community' -- EXCLUSIVE

Vince Gilligan’s next project will take him in front of the camera: The Breaking Bad creator/executive producer will guest star in an episode of Community, EW has learned.

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Vince Gilligan talks 'Breaking Bad' spin-off 'Better Call Saul'

It’s been more than two weeks since Breaking Bad signed off the air, which means that now is as good as any time to turn attention to AMC’s Breaking Bad spin-off featuring unscrupulous lawyer Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk). In a meaty profile of Vince Gilligan in The Hollywood Reporter, the Breaking Bad creator dropped a few notable hints about the architecture of Better Caul Saul.
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'Breaking Bad': Creator Vince Gilligan explains series finale

[SPOILER ALERT: Stop reading if you have not watched the finale of Breaking Bad, titled “Felina.” This story contains discussion of major plot points.]

You’ve now had a few minutes to gather your breath, wipe away the tears and start to process that brutal and poignant series finale of Breaking Bad. Whether your predictions were on the money barrel or off-base, you will most certainly want to read what series creator Vince Gilligan had to say about this satiating last-ever episode, which saw the fall of meth kingpin Walter White (Bryan Cranston). “Ours is nothing if not a definitive ending to the series,” says the show’s mastermind, who also wrote and directed the episode. It’s a heady challenge to wrap up five seasons of one of TV’s most daring, beloved and obsessed-over dramas in a manner that’s provocative and satisfying, and Gilligan was keenly aware of it as he and his writers toiled away for endless hours in search of the perfect ending. “I think plenty of people out there will have had a different ending for this show in their mind’s eye and therefore we’re bound to disappoint a certain number of folks,” he says, “but I really think I can say with confidence that we made ourselves happy and that was not remotely a sure thing for the better part of a year. I feel that the ending satisfies me and that’s something that I’m happy about.” Gilligan spoke with EW about the fates for Walt and Jesse, the possible alternate endings, the classic Western movie that turned out to be a huge influence on the ending and the most structurally important scene of the finale.
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'Breaking Bad': Betsy Brandt says 'The ending is good, it's really good'

Betsy Brandt may be devastated Breaking Bad is ending on Sunday, but there are upsides to her new job as Michael J. Fox’s wife on The Michael J. Fox Show. “[The Michael] show doesn’t make me physically ill, whereas I really thought I might throw up on Breaking Bad,” she explained to EW this week. “I thought, ‘Oh my God, my chest hurts. I don’t feel well, I don’t feel well.’ On Breaking Bad we laugh a lot when the cameras aren’t rolling, and on this show we laugh a lot when the cameras aren’t rolling and then I get to laugh when they are rolling too.”

It’s no surprise Brandt’s final moments as Marie Schrader weren’t upbeat. While she’s of course mum on the details of her final scene in Sunday’s finale, “I wasn’t thinking ‘Oh this is the end,'” she said of the filming. “I was thinking about the moment. But then after it was over I just thought, ‘Oh my God. That’s it.’ [And then] Bryan Cranston was there and he was standing out of my sight line off to the side just staring at me and holding his AK-47 [laughs] with like his Heisenberg killer look. It was very, very funny.” READ FULL STORY

'Breaking Bad' creator Vince Gilligan signs deal for CBS detective drama

Just two weeks after plans were announced for a Breaking Bad spin-off, series creator Vince Gilligan has inked a deal to create another TV show. He will join forces with House creator David Shore on the police drama Battle Creek, which will debut during the 2014-2015 season on CBS. READ FULL STORY

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