Is Better Call Saul going to be the new Breaking Bad? We won't know until February, but this is what we do know so far...
AMC release a second teaser trailer for the February release - teaser being the operative word. The 10-second clip "Amen" - of which under four seconds is actual footage - sees Bob Odenkirk in the courtroom, trying out a gag...
In an interview with E! Online, Bob Odenkirk hints that aspects of Breaking Bad are going to be carried over into Better Call Saul, and the result is going to be tense. For those of us who saw Saul Goodman as light relief in Br Ba, and were wondering if Better Call Saul would tend more towards comedy than the gut-churning joyride of Breaking Bad, that's a big deal. "All those cliffhanger moments, the tension, it’s all there and I think the fans are going to be super glad to have that back in their life" is how Odenkirk puts it.
With a confirmed 23 episodes to look forward to, that's very exciting.
The Telegraph's Bryony Gordon writes: "I get emotional when I think about Breaking Bad. I’m not yet at the "acceptance" stage of box-set bereavement, and I still can’t believe it’s over. The upcoming spin-off show, Better Call Saul, is all I cling to. Read the full column here.
Creators Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould discuss Saul Goodman when he was still called Jimmy McGill. At 30 seconds long, it whets the appetite for more.
The first teaser trailer is released. It's short. All we know so far is that Better Call Saul will be set six years before the events that bring Saul Goodman and Walter White together in Breaking Bad, so that makes it set in about 2002. Mike Ehrmentraut is already working as Saul's fixer, and Gus Frink could be involved in some way. It's not much to go on.
We now know some of the cast for the new series. Aside from Bob Odenkirk and Jonathan Banks returning as Saul Goodman and Mike Ehrmentraut, we know that Spinal Tap's David St Hubbins, Michael McKean, will play Saul's brother Chuck. This suggests that Better Call Saul is going to be funny. Rhea Seehorn will play a character called Kim, Patrick Fabian will play a character called Hamlin and Michael Mando will play the neatly named Nacho.
Netflix confirm that AMC's Breaking Bad spin-off series will be available on its global platform. Read the full story here.
The rumours become fact as the Breaking Bad spin-off series Better Call Saul is confirmed by AMC. They describe it as "a prequel that will focus on the evolution of the popular Saul Goodman character before he ever became Walter White's lawyer". Read the full story here.
The recent box-office success of The Fault in Our Stars advertised the extent to which teenage tear-ducts can deliver a lucrative result when targeted correctly. There is a strong sense that identical crosshairs are in play with the arrival of another weepie of the torrential variety, If I Stay.
The Great British Bake Off has seen its very own red wedding in week three (a 'bread wedding' if you will, only it's not bread week so I'll keep that pun for laters), with Iain Watters storming out in tears after his Baked Alaska was removed from the freezer by "ice cream-melting supervillian" Diana Bird.
A possible foreshadowing of Breaking Bad's success at the awards ceremony (Cranston's wearing red, what does it mean?!), the 2013 Emmys has released a promo video starring Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston that sees the duo back in their meth-cooking gear.