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AMC Raises Its Bet on 'Breaking Bad' Prequel Deadline

Two programming moves by AMC indicate the cable network is paying attention to its “Breaking Bad” prequel “Better Call Saul.” Writing on Deadline.com, Nellie Andreeva reports that the show has been given a second season order, while the network also shifted the premiere date for the show.

The prequel, which features the morally dubious attorney Saul Goodman, played by Bob Odenkirk, will now debut in early 2015, rather than the November 2014 premiere that had been targeted. The second season is set to debut in early 2016.

“Production on ‘Better Call Saul’ is under way and we could not be more proud of nor more excited about the work to date,” AMC President Charlie Collier said.

Andreeva notes: “Following a blazing hot start with ‘Mad Men,’ ‘Breaking Bad’ and ‘The Walking Dead,’ AMC has struggled to repeat that success with its more recent entries, including ‘Low Winter Sun,’ which was canceled, and the two dramas that premiered this year, ‘Turn’ and ‘Halt and Catch Fire.’ That has put extra pressure on expanding the ‘Breaking Bad’ and ‘Walking Dead’ franchises with the spinoff series AMC has in the works on both shows.”

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