FX President John Landgraf said the network turned down "Breaking Bad" because the channel already had several male antiheroes, reports EW.com’s Inside TV.
The report is based on a radio interview with KCRW’s "The Business."
“We had three dramas with male antiheroes and we looked at that script and said, ‘OK, so here’s a fourth male antihero,’” Landgraf said. “The question was: ‘Are we defining FX as the male antihero network, and is that a big enough tent?’”
“Look, it was a wonderful script. If I had known Vince Gilligan was going to be one of the best showrunners in television, and ‘Breaking Bad’ was going to be literally one of the very best shows in television, I would have picked it up despite the concept. But the truth of the matter is anybody who does what I do for a living, who’s honest, will tell you that you’re making decisions based on too little information all the time, and you make good ones and you make bad ones," Landgraf said, according to the story.
The next season of "Breaking Bad" will premiere July 15 on AMC.