Netflix to Bow 'Breaking Bad' Spin-Off 'Better Call Saul' Next Year — in Foreign Markets16 Dec, 2013 By: Erik Gruenwedel
U.S. audiences of the AMC Networks series will have to wait until the conclusion of the first broadcast season
Netflix Dec. 16 said it will exclusively stream serialized drama “Better Call Saul” next year in Europe and Latin America shortly after the series’ bow on AMC Networks. U.S. and Canadian audiences will have to wait until the conclusion of the show’s first-season broadcast.
“Saul,” which is produced by Sony Pictures Television, is a spin-off from AMC’s wildly popular “Breaking Bad” series, which featured mall-based lawyer Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) as Walter White's (Bryan Cranston) smart-talking attorney.
“'Breaking Bad' is recognized as one of the great TV experiences in this new golden age of television," said Ted Sarandos, Netflix chief content officer in a statement. “It has also proved very popular with Netflix subscribers around the world. This spin-off promises to continue its tradition of powerful storytelling."
"Breaking Bad," which concluded on AMC in late September, followed Walter White, a chemistry teacher diagnosed with terminal cancer, who turns to making methamphetamines to support his family, ending up a ruthless drug lord. The series has won 10 Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Drama Series in 2013, and is regarded by critics as one of the best-ever dramatic television series.
"Coming off of the overwhelming success of 'Breaking Bad,' we're excited to continue our collaboration with ['Bad' creator Vince Gilligan], as well as Peter Gould, and that fans around the world will be able to embrace 'Saul,'" said Steve Mosko, president of Sony Pictures Television.
Gilligan has credited Netflix for building viewer interest in "Bad" over the course of the series run. AMC and Netflix have a long-standing SVOD license deal.