Specific: The biggest TV project to hit the market in no time has landed with a huge series commitment. Apple TV+ catches up with the latest shows breaking bad manufacturer and better call Saul co-creator Vince Gilligan, who has better call Saul Star Rhea Seehorn is attached to play the lead role. The untitled project, which has been described as a mixed, grassroots genre drama, has received a two-season straight-to-series order from the streamer.
Coming from Gilligan’s longtime studio home Sony Pictures Television, the new series marks the follow-up to Gilligan’s back-to-back critical and ratings hits. breaking bad and prequel better call Saul. It also marked the second collaboration with Gilligan. better call Saul Star Seehorn, who received a 2022 Emmy nomination for her performance on the show.
Gilligan will serve as showrunner and executive production through his High Bridge Productions. Former Sony Pictures TV president Jeff Frost, who recently oversaw the project before stepping down from his executive position, will also executive produce with Diane Mercer. Jane Carroll is producing for High Bridge.
As Deadline exclusively reported last month, there was a lot of anticipation for Gilligan’s pitch, with at least 8-9 networks and platforms ready to hear it and read his script. There were several rounds of bidding for the project, which I heard had a series order and budget around $13.5 million-$15 million per episode – on the high end for premium drama with significant genre elements but not in Jaws like the show’s. Dropping the $20M-plus-an-episode range for LOTR: The Rings of Power, dragon house or now on hold Demimonde.
Apple TV+, which showed a lot of enthusiasm for the project and pushed it aggressively, was considered a strong contender from the start due to toppers Zack van Amberg and Jamie Ehrlich’s long association with Gilligan. As presidents of Sony Pictures Television, Van Amberg and Ehrlich both led and sold breaking bad And better call Saul. At Apple TV+, Gilligan will reunite with former SPT studio co-president Chris Parnell, now a senior TV programming executive at Streamer. (Other outlets I’ve heard were in contention for the chain included Amazon and Breaking Bad / Better Call Saul Network AMC.)
“15 years later, I thought it was time to take a break from writing antiheroes… and who’s more heroic than the fabulous Rhea Seehorn? It’s been a long time since she had her own show, and I feel lucky to be working with her,” Gilligan said. Jamie and Jack were the first two to say yes breaking bad all those years ago. They’ve made a great team at Apple, and my wonderful, longtime partner at Sony Pictures Television and I are excited to do business with them. ,
As always, Gilligan would not divulge details about the premise of her show.
As Deadline previously reported, the show is believed to be a departure from the world of drugs and crime they explored breaking bad And better call SaulWhose series finale aired last month.
Compared to the Twilight Zone, The new series is said to be set in our world, putting a twist on it, bending reality and focusing on people and exploring the human condition in unexpected, surprising ways. Thoughtful but not a morality tale, the series is also expected to have the signature Gilligan tone that infuses the drama with humour.
One of the most celebrated TV creators of his generation, Gilligan created and executive produced AMC breaking bad, which won two Emmys for Outstanding Drama Series. He is co-producer/executive producer with Peter Gould breaking bad prequel better call Saul, Which has also been an award juggernaut, receiving 46 Emmy nominations so far, seven of which are this year for Outstanding Drama Series. Gilligan also earned several Emmy nominations for her work. x-files. He is repealed by the CAA and Dale Shaw Moonves Tanaka.
in addition to the following better call Saul, Seahorn’s credits include Weep, things heard and seen, more upcoming movies linoleum And break, Seehorn was also nominated for an Emmy nomination for Actress in a Miniature Digital Series. cooper bar, Which she produces and directs. It has been retitled by Untitled Entertainment and UTA.
Update: Chris Parnell reacts to the deal that coincides with the announcement of Apple TV+ and talks about the quality of the series.
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