Sure things are few and far between in the TV business, but AMC is feeling pretty confident about its Breaking Bad spinoff Better Call Saul.
How confident? The network has already ordered a second season of the series starring Bob Odenkirk as an oleaginous lawyer before a single episode of the first season has ever aired.
"We join the fans in eager anticipation for this series," said AMC president Charlie Collier in a recent statement. "And today we happily confirm that our initial Saul order is for two seasons and a total of 23 episodes."
Better Call Saul will reunite the principal members of the Breaking Bad creative team, including BB creator Vince Gilligan, who will direct the first episode of the series documenting the fictional adventures of slick solicitor Saul Goodman in the days before he hitched his wagon to Breaking Bad's meth kingpin Walter White (Bryan Cranston).
Gilligan will serve as executive producer on Better Call Saul. In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Gilligan discussed the challenges of making a spinoff by referencing the follow-up shows spawned by M*A*S*H and Cheers.
"If it's After M*A*S*H [a short-lived flop] rather than Frasier [a longrunning hit], it won't be for a lack of hard work and wishful thinking and a lot of smart people doing their best," said Gilligan. "But you just don't know until the world takes it."
Originally slated to begin airing this November, the first 10-episode season of Better Call Saul has been pushed back by AMC a few months to premiere in early 2015. The sophomore campaign will consist of 13 episodes and is slated to begin in early 2016.
That means for the time being and the foreseeable future, fans will have to be content with the first official picture taken on the set of Better Call Saul.
Released by AMC, the photo shows Odenkirk in character with Gilligan and co-executive producer Peter Gould, who appear to be discussing a scene in front of a classic black muscle car somewhere in the arid New Mexico desert.
And judging by the smart grey double-breasted suit worn by Odenkirk in the snapshot, we can safely assume Saul will remain true to his fashion-plate roots in the prequel series.
Nobody can ever say that Zoe Kravitz isn't devoted to her profession. To get in character for her role as an anorexic and bulimic teen in the upcoming feature The Road Within, the 25-year-old actress dropped 20 pounds by going on a cleanse – and not your average fruit-juice cleanse. "I ended up drinking clay," said Kravitz, "because it cleans out your body and fills you up. I was eating like a Mason jar of pureed vegetables a day and running." Kravitz joins the ranks of young actresses who have undergone cleanses involving clay-based drinks comprised of bentonite clay, which are believed to help purify the body.
Can we talk? Joan Rivers claims actress Kristen Stewart has threatened to sue her for outrageous comments made in the comedy veteran's upcoming book. In Rivers' new memoir Diary of a Mad Diva, she calls the Twilight star a "one-trick pony" who advanced her film career by sleeping with a movie director. The claim references Stewart's much-documented affair with Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders. Rivers claims that Stewart's legal counsel contacted the publisher and threatened to sue for defamation unless the passage was removed; Rivers says she has no intention of removing the comments. Diary of a Mad Diva goes on sale early next month.
If things don't work out in the music business, Rihanna could find a new career as a soccer commentator. The Diamonds singer has been live-blogging the early rounds of the quadrennial soccer event on Twitter in recent weeks. Among other pithy comments, the Barbadian singer responded to England's recent loss to Uruguay ("England, whatchu gon do??!") and rallied support for the struggling Italian team ("Okay Italy, I'm up. Ima need y'all to wake up!"). And of course Rihanna has also tweeted out, "Goooooaaaaaaalllllllllll."
How far over the top did Kim Kardashian and Kanye West go for North West's birthday party? Hey, she's a Kardashian. The celebrity couple's baby turned 1 last week and her parents naturally went overboard for the occasion. The Coachella-themed soiree included a Ferris wheel, a lip-sync booth and dozens of crafts for young guests. The bad news: For reasons unknown, Kim's sister Khloe wore a traditional Native American headdress to the event, which has several native-rights groups up in arms.
Source: Hollywood Life
THE BIG GET
Barbara Walters may have retired, but she's still scoring the big interviews. The 82-year-old news veteran has already taped her interview with Peter Rodger, the father of Santa Barbara shooting suspect. In a tweet posted Sunday, Walters wrote that she had just finished her sit-down with Rodger, a second-unit director on The Hunger Games and the father of Eliot Rodger, who is accused of killing six people and injuring six others in Santa Barbara before taking his own life last month. The interview with air on a special edition of ABC's 20/20 this Friday night.
Source: Hollywood Reporter