AMC and "Breaking Bad" producer Sony TV are looking at a spinoff featuring Bob Odenkirk's Saul Goodman, the website reports. New deals are in place, but "Breaking Bad" creator Vince Gilligan and producer Peter Gould are working on the concept, according to TV Guide.
Odenkirk joined "Breaking Bad" in Season 2 in the guest starring role of Saul Goodman, Walter White (Brian Cranston) fast-talking, corrupt lawyer, but he was added as a series regular later on.
Rumor is the show is more on the comedy side of things to play to the strengths of Odenkirk's acting chops. The actor wrote for "Saturday Night Live," had a recurring role on "The Larry Sanders Show" and co-created "Mr. Show" with David Cross.
“I would love to see a Saul Goodman spin-off show when it’s all said and done,” Gilligan told EW in November 2012. “I think that would present itself pretty nicely, storywise. While 'Breaking Bad' is by design a show that is finite and limited in its scope -- it’s a story of transformation that cannot go on forever -- I think a Saul Goodman show could have great legs. I love the idea of a lawyer who will do anything to avoid going to court. He’s always going to settle on the courthouse steps.”
With "Breaking Bad" ending this summer, this is far from the first time a spinoff has been explored and/or launched to keep a franchise around when its parent program was coming to an end. NBC attempted to keep "Friends" alive with "Joey," "M*A*S*H*" was continued with "After M*A*S*H*" and "The Golden Girls" was continued with "The Golden Palace." Those spinoffs didn't find the same success their parent shows did.
Request for comment from Sony TV was not immediately returned.
"Breaking Bad" will end its run this summer after five season on AMC. No premiere date has officially been announced.