AMC today provided the first of several planned updates on the Breaking Bad prequel Better Call Saul, including the release of a first-look photo from the Albuquerque, New Mexico set where the widely-anticipated drama began production on its first 10-episode season earlier this month. The first-look photo shows Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould from the set, with star Bob Odenkirk (Saul Goodman).
Breaking Bad creator and showrunner Vince Gilligan is directing the Better Call Saul series premiere, and co-showrunning along with fellow Breaking Bad alum Peter Gould, creator of the Saul Goodman character.
AMC confirmed it has already ordered a second season of 13 Better Call Saul episodes, for an initial total of 23.
The network also announced a change for the series schedule with Better Call Saul premieres slated for early 2015 and early 2016, respectively. Specific dates will follow, but the show will join The Walking Dead and Talking Dead, two of television's top-rated hits, on AMC in the first quarter of each of the next two years.
Here's what AMC president Charlie Collier had to say about the early renewal in a statement.
"Production on Better Call Saul is underway and we could not be more proud of nor more excited about the work to date. We join the fans in eager anticipation for this series and today we happily confirm that our initial Saul order is for two seasons and a total of 23 episodes. When introducing any series, especially one with the DNA of Breaking Bad, there are countless factors to consider in making sure the show gets the launch it deserves. We have a strong history with Vince, Peter, Bob, the studio and so many involved with this production; we are enjoying the process on Saul and all share a focus on making it a true television event. No half measures."
In addition to Gilligan and Gould, several Breaking Bad writers have returned to work on Saul, including Thomas Schnauz and Gennifer Hutchison. Bradley Paul has also joined the writing team, along with Gordon Smith, who was a writers' assistant on Breaking Bad. Better Call Saul is executive produced by Gilligan, Gould, Mark Johnson (Breaking Bad, Diner, Rain Man) and Melissa Bernstein (Breaking Bad, Rectify, Halt & Catch Fire) with Breaking Bad alums Stewart Lyons and Schnauz as co-executive producers for Sony Pictures Television.