Vince Gilligan will start his post-“Better Call Saul” life at Apple TV+ with a two-season straight-to-series order. And Variety reports that an alum from Gilligan’s last show will star in the new series: Rhea Seehorn. Plot details are being kept under wraps.
Sony Pictures Television produce the show, as they did with “Breaking Bad” and “Better Call Saul.” No surprise there, as Gilligan is under an overall deal with Sony at the moment. But the move to Apple TV+ reunites Gilligan with several ex-Sony executives who now work for Apple. Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlich, the previous co-presidents of Sony Pictures Television, are now Apple’s heads of worldwide video. Chris Parnell, another ex-Sony TV co-president, is now at Apple in a senior programming position.
Seehorn starred in “Better Call Saul” as Kim Wexler, and earned an Emmy nomination this year for her performance in the show’s final season. Her other work includes “Veep,” “Franklin And Bash,” and “Whitney.” Meanwhile, “Saul” stars Bob Odenkirk and Giancarlo Esposito also landed new series recently. Odenkirk will star in AMC‘s “Straight Man,” while Esposito stars in “Parish,” another upcoming AMC series.
“After fifteen years, I figured it was time to take a break from writing antiheroes… and who’s more heroic than the brilliant Rhea Seehorn?” Gilligan said in an announcement about the new series. “It’s long past time she had her own show, and I feel lucky to get to work on it with her. And what nice symmetry to be reunited with Zack Van Amburg, Jamie Erlicht and Chris Parnell! Jamie and Zack were the first two people to say yes to “Breaking Bad” all those years ago. They’ve built a great team at Apple, and my wonderful, long-time partners at Sony Pictures Television and I are excited to be in business with them.”
So, while “Better Call Saul” and the “Breaking Bad” universe may be definitively over, Gilligan and Seehorn will keep up their working relationship. One wonders what Gilligan has up his sleeve next for TV audiences. Last month, news dropped that the upcoming show resembles Gilligan’s term as a writer on “The X-Files,” but stay tuned on that.