Aaron Paul in 'Serious Talks' to Join BREAKING BAD Spin-Off
BREAKING BAD fans may not have seen the last of Jesse Pinkman, after all.
Aaron Paul has confirmed to The Associated Press that he's had "serious talks" with 'BAD' creator Vince Gilligan to join the cast of the show's upcoming spin-off BETTER CALL SAUL. The series tells the story of mall-based super lawyer Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) in the years before he became Walter White's attorney.
"Anything Vince is involved with, I'm there," Paul said while promoting his film NEED FOR SPEED. "I owe him my entire career. And the idea of jumping into the skin of Jesse Pinkman again in his lighter days - because it's all a prequel - it would be fun."
Paul previously confirmed he'd be up to make a guest appearance alongside Bryan Cranston in the project, slated for a November bow on AMC.
Breaking Bad was created and produced by Vince Gilligan. Set and produced in Albuquerque, New Mexico,the series tells the two-year-long story of Walter White (Bryan Cranston), a struggling high school chemistry teacher who is diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer at the beginning of the series. He turns to a life of crime, producing and selling methamphetamine, in order to secure his family's financial future before he dies, teaming with his former student, Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul). The series has been labeled a contemporary western by its creator.
The series premiered on January 20, 2008 in the United States and Canada on the cable channel AMC, and the series finale aired on September 29, 2013.Breaking Bad received widespread critical acclaim, and is widely regarded as one of the greatest television series of all time. By its end, the series was among the most-watched cable shows on American television, with audience numbers that doubled in the fifth season from the previous year's episodes.
The series has won ten Primetime Emmy Awards, including three consecutive wins for Outstanding Lead Actor for Bryan Cranston (2008-2010), two wins forOutstanding Supporting Actor for Aaron Paul (2010, 2012), an Outstanding Supporting Actress win for Anna Gunn (2013), and, after three previous nominations,Outstanding Drama Series for the first half of the fifth season in 2013. The series has been nominated for seven Golden Globe Awards and won Best Television Series - Drama and Best Actor for Cranston for its final season. Cranston also received five nominations and won twice for a Screen Actors Guild Award forOutstanding Male Actor, and the series won for Outstanding Ensemble (Drama Series) for its final season. In 2013, the Writers Guild of America named Breaking Bad the 13th best-written TV series of all time. That same year, Guinness World Records called it the highest-rated TV series of all time, citing its season 5Metacritic score of 99 out of 100.
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