Vince GilliganLatest News and Opinion
Posted Tuesday 8/07/18 at 4:22AM EDT
Better Call Saul is still great in Season 4 because it forces you to pay attention, unlike many other shows
"Like its predecessor Breaking Bad, this is a series you can’t just half-watch while scrolling your phone, because if you do, you won’t know what’s going on," says Matt Zoller Seitz. "The show can be hard to follow even if you’re watching closely, because so much of the plot is inferred." He adds that "more so than most current series, the pleasures of Better Call Saul are almost entirely visceral and emotional. It’s about what happens in the frame: what you see, what you hear, the looks on people’s faces, and the thoughts that pass through their eyes as they contemplate their next move. Series creators Peter Gould and Vince Gilligan were smart to rethink the tone of this tale as they refocused the Breaking Bad lens on Saul Goodman, a.k.a. Jimmy McGill."
- Better Call Saul's obsession with the mundane is a tonic for our crazy times
- Tragedy has reinvigorated Better Call Saul
- Season 4 kicks off with the best opening episodes of the series
- Better Call Saul has turned out to be a masterclass in how to turn small things into something emotionally huge
- Bob Odenkirk says the Breaking Bad world is "going to swallow us, and that’s okay with me"
- Odenkirk says this season is funnier, thanks to increased confidence from the writers
- In praise of Rhea Seehorn for scrambling TV’s traditional gender tropes with Kim Wexler, while bringing a steely gravitas to the role
- Seehorn's Kim Wexler has become the show's working-woman hero
- Seehorn on Kim Wexler: “I think of Kim as a recovering addict that can’t stop hanging out with people that use"
- "The transmutation of Jimmy to Saul ... is likely to produce the best balance of darkness and humor that the series has mustered"
- Better Call Saul co-creator Peter Gould explains why there wasn't a time-jump to kick off Season 4
- Vince Gillian talks avoiding "schmuck bait," and says "never say never" to another Breaking Bad spinoff
Posted Friday 7/20/18 at 5:44AM EDT
Vince Gilligan: Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul won't be appearing on Better Call Saul this season
“You will not see Walt or Jesse on Season 4 of Better Call Saul,” Gilligan said at Comic-Con, promising not to be a jerk and pull a fast one on viewers. Gilligan then added, as he's said many times before: “We would be seriously remiss if these characters don’t appear on Saul before it is all over."
Posted Tuesday 7/17/18 at 9:09PM EDT
Better Call Saul Season 4 will feature scenes set in the Breaking Bad world
Source: Entertainment Weekly
Vince Gilligan would only say the scenes involve Saul Goodman, but he wouldn't reveal if any other Breaking Bad characters will also appear. “We have a subplot that very squarely gets into Breaking Bad territory and brings us into the world — or at least points us on a path toward the world of Walter White and the territory of Walter White,” says Gilligan. “I can’t wait for folks to see that.” ALSO: Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul made a short film aboard the Breaking Bad RV for charity.
Posted Monday 7/16/18 at 3:05PM EDT
Breaking Bad's Vince Gilligan signs a new deal with Sony TV
Gilligan, who is currently working on Breaking Bad spinoff Better Call Saul, has been with Sony Pictures Television for the past 11 years. His new deal will keep him at Sony for three more years. As Variety notes, Gilligan is one of the "most sought-after showrunners and creators" and Sony's renewal of his deal "is a win for the studio at a time when A-list showrunners are being heavily courted by Netflix and other streaming services for exclusive production pacts."
Posted Friday 6/29/18 at 1:21PM EDT
Breaking Bad's Vince Gilligan: "Maybe it’s time for heroes again" on TV
“I watched a lot of TV growing up, a lot of ’50s and ’60s re-runs," Gilligan, creator of the antihero Breaking Bad, said on a CNN panel last night promoting the upcoming The 2000s docuseries. "Back then, the order of the day was you had folks wearing white hats and you had folks wearing black hats. There were good guys and bad guys. But real people are various shades of grey. With Walter White, and loving The Sopranos and The Shield, maybe now we’ve got so many of them that maybe it’s time for heroes again.”
Posted Thursday 6/28/18 at 1:18PM EDT
Breaking Bad stars reunite
Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly brought the cast of the groundbreaking AMC series back together months after the 10th anniversary of the series premiere and in advance of the fifth anniversary of the series finale. ALSO: Vince Gilligan will join his cast for a Breaking Bad reunion panel at Comic-Con.
# TOPICS: Breaking Bad, AMC, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn, Betsy Brandt, Bob Odenkirk, Bryan Cranston, Dean Norris, Giancarlo Esposito, Jonathan Banks, RJ Mitte, Vince Gilligan, Entertainment Weekly, Retro TV, San Diego Comic-Con
Posted Monday 6/11/18 at 8:19AM EDT
Better Call Saul was originally envisioned as a half-hour sitcom
Source: Entertainment Weekly
“We sold it to Sony and AMC without knowing what it was,” Vince Gilligan said at the ATX Television Festival. “We thought it might be a half-hour sitcom. We thought about ripping off Dr. Katz. Week in and week out famous comics would come in with their legal problems. But we knew nothing about writing straight-up comedy.”
Posted Tuesday 5/01/18 at 6:32PM EDT
Carol Burnett: "I'm crazy about anything Vince Gilligan writes"
The comedy legend is a big fan of binge-watching Gilligan's two shows, Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul, on Netflix, home to her new show A Little Help with Carol Burnett. She also tells Jimmy Kimmel she watches Homeland and Schitt's Creek.
Posted Tuesday 3/13/18 at 10:17PM EDT
Vince Gilligan wanted to end Breaking Bad after five seasons because he thought The X-Files went on too long
Source: Digital Spy
"I was very anxious about the idea of folks suddenly moving on, and saying, 'Is that show still on the air? I used to watch it. It used to be good,'" Gilligan said recently while promoting Better Call Saul. "I'd wanted folks rather to say, 'Don't end it now!' That's what I wanted, and that's what we got, thank goodness. So it was me as much as anybody who said, 'I want to leave the stage at a high point, and not go past the high point.'"
Posted Wednesday 1/24/18 at 11:32PM EST
Vince Gilligan reunites with his Breaking Bad writers, admits he’s been watching the marathons on AMC
“I get asked a lot what would I change about it,” Gilligan says of the series finale. “It sounds like a joke answer, but I wish Jesse’s teeth weren’t so perfect. I’m not kidding. The kid smokes meth and gets the living sh*t beat out of him.” ALSO: Jimmy Kimmel gives Aaron Paul a baby meth suit for his upcoming baby girl.
Posted Sunday 1/21/18 at 3:26AM EST
Breaking Bad stars celebrate the show's 10th anniversary on Twitter
“10 years ago today Mr. White and Jesse Pinkman decided to start cooking crystal meth,” tweeted Aaron Paul. “Thank you Vince (Gilligan) for coming up with this crazy concept.” Bryan Cranston responded hours later to his former co-star: “Yo Bitch! I stole your line, Aaron. But you can ‘Say my name!’ Just thinking about the 6 magical years on BB with our great cast and crew. I miss you all, even those Heisenberg had to kill. Vince, you're a genius and a wonderful human being. Thank you for the ride of our lives!” Meanwhile, Dean Norris thanked TV wife Betsy Brandt and tweeted he was celebrating the anniversary with a “Shraderbrau and a new mineral. Brandt responded: “I was just about to text you “meet me in the kitchen with a box of wine…I love the story that we told, and I love you.” ALSO: Breaking Bad fans in Albuquerque celebrated the 10th anniversary by flocking to “Los Pollos Hermanos.”
Posted Friday 1/19/18 at 10:48PM EST
Breaking Bad still has a hold on Albuquerque 10 years after its premiere
Source: Vanity Fair
Saturday marks the 10th anniversary of the groundbreaking AMC drama, which ran five seasons through 2013. “Albuquerque is a diverse metropolis of more than 550,000 people spread over 190 square miles—yet a full 10 years after the show’s premiere, Breaking Bad still has a hold on the city,” reports Erin Vanderhoff. "In Old Town, you can still buy the rock candy 'meth' made by the woman who supplied the crew for the first two seasons; curio stores still sell T-shirts with Walter White’s face on them alongside their ristras and kachina. ‘Bathing Bad’ bath salts can still be found for sale, and for $75, you can take a tour of Breaking Bad filming locations in an R.V. designed to look like Walt and Jesse’s first lab. On Albuquerque’s Craigslist, you can occasionally find copies of the local newspaper published the day after the finale—which includes a fan-placed obituary for Heisenberg himself.
It’s an impressive feat of staying power—especially in a Peak TV era that tends to send viewers lurching wildly from buzzy show to buzzy show.”
Posted Tuesday 1/16/18 at 6:10PM EST
Vince Gilligan recalls the “F*CK YEAH!” in Breaking Bad oral history in honor of its 10th anniversary
The groundbreaking AMC series premiered on Jan. 20, 2008 amid the writers’ strike and up against the overtime portion of the NFC championship game between the New York Giants and Green Bay Packers. Few watched Season 1’s first seven episodes, yet they were good enough to garner four Emmy nominations, including a surprise victory for Bryan Cranston for best actor in a drama series. “I’ll never forget that moment they read out Bryan’s name,” says Gilligan in Esquire’s oral history. “I launched out of my seat like some drunken sports fan, and screamed “F*CK YEAH!" so loud I actually hurt my vocal chords, and I was slamming my hands together. It wasn’t even clapping, just beating them together. I’d never clapped so hard in my life, it was almost scary. Bryan is the whole package; he’s such a fine actor that even if he were the world’s biggest a**hole, he’d be worth working with. But he’s also the greatest guy, and so beloved by his peers. So in hindsight, I think, of course he won! But at the time, it was a shock.” ALSO: Watch a Better Call Saul gag reel.
Posted Tuesday 11/21/17 at 9:19PM EST
Why are there so many cults on TV all of a sudden?
It’s not just Charles Manson and American Horror Story: Cult. Paramount Network will soon come out with Waco based on David Koresh, Jake Gyllenhaal and A&E are working on an anthology series on cults for A&E, and Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan is developing a Jonestown miniseries for HBO. “What specifically about cults is making them such a huge part of American entertainment right this second?” asks Adam Epstein. The recent American Horror Story: Cult season may hold a clue, he says, noting that “the prevalence of cults on TV simply reflects an America, and much of the world, that’s devolving further and further into tribalism.”
Posted Monday 9/11/17 at 3:14PM EDT
Fear the Walking Dead pays homage to Breaking Bad
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Showrunner Dave Erickson says of last night’s midseason premiere: “It’s a gentle nod of admiration and adoration to Vince Gilligan.”