If you crack open a dictionary and look up the term “travesty,” you’ll simply discover the not-so-fun fact that Better Call Saul was nominated for 46 Primetime Emmy Awards throughout its six-season run… and yet somehow failed to take home a single golden statuette. But this slight could soon be avenged by the next series helmed by creator Vince Gilligan, which will also star Better Call Saul alum Rhea Seehorn AKA attorney Kim Wexler.
“After fifteen years, I figured it was time to take a break from writing antiheroes — and who’s more heroic than the brilliant Rhea Seehorn?” Vince Gilligan expressed via statement, referencing to his masterfully-crafted Breaking Bad universe.
“It’s long past time she had her own show, and I feel lucky to get to work on it with her. And what nice symmetry to be reunited with [former co-presidents of Sony Pictures] Zack Van Amburg, Jamie Erlicht, and Chris Parnell (Rick and Morty, Archer, 30 Rock)!”
“Jamie and Zack were the first two people to say yes to Breaking Bad all those years ago. They’ve built a great team at Apple, and my wonderful, long-time partners at Sony Pictures Television and I are excited to be in business with them.”
Specifics about the currently untitled Vince Gilligan series starring Rhea Seehorn are few and far between at this stage. All we know for certain aside from the above:
- It’s a “blended, grounded genre drama”; potentially in the same space as The X-Files (which Gilligan previously wrote for), Black Mirror, and The Twilight Zone
- It’s coming to Apple TV+ with a two-season straight-to-series order
- Vince Gilligan himself has created the series, signing on to also serve as both executive producer and showrunner
- Jeff Frost and Diane Mercer will also executive produce while Jenn Carroll of Gilligan’s High Bridge Productions will simply produce
- This is all part of Vince Gilligan’s overall deal with Sony; which also produced both Breaking Bad and its recently-concluded prequel series starring Bob Odenkirk
“There was a lot of anticipation for Vince Gilligan’s pitch, with at least eight to nine networks and platforms lined up to hear it and read his script,” explains Nellie Andreeva of Deadline.
“There were multiple rounds of bidding for the project, which I hear was seeking a series order and a budget in the vicinity of $13.5 million to $15 million an episode.”
“Apple TV+, which showed great enthusiasm for the project and pursued it aggressively, had been considered a strong contender from the start because of toppers Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht’s longstanding relationship with Gilligan.”
Stay tuned for all the juicy deets.