So... we reckon it's safe to assume that Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul is pretty darn good. Why? Because cable network AMC has renewed the drama for a second series before the first has even aired.
But the excitement doesn't end there. Today also brings a first official picture from the set (see above) and a rough air date for the eagerly anticipated first episode which will premiere in the States in the first quarter of 2015 (with the second series to follow a year later).
The recommission is for thirteen new episodes, bringing the total number to 23. Starring Bob Odenkirk as tricksy criminal lawyer Saul Goodman, the show is overseen by Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan who is directing the first episode along with Peter Gould, the man behind Saul's character. A number of Breaking Bad production staff are also on board, including writers Thomas Schnauz and Gennifer Hutchison who won two Writers Guild of America Awards for their work on the series.
Michael McKean has joined the cast in a new role, along with fellow Breaking Bad star Jonathan Banks who is reprising the role of cop-turned-private investigator Mike Ehrmantraut for the series which is a prequel, set before the events of the acclaimed series which followed the crystal meth-filled endeavours of Walter White (Bryan Cranston) and his former pupil Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul).
Speaking of the recommission, AMC president Charlie Collier said, "Production on Better Call Saul is under way 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."