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Vince Gilligan Will Follow 'Breaking Bad' with a 10-Year-Old CBS Procedural

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | September 26, 2013 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | September 26, 2013 |

Look, I don’t think that Gilligan is going to be too terribly involved in this series (so, no need to be concerned for Gilligan’s future), but a procedural he pitched to CBS about a decade ago is being picked up by the network and given a 13-episode order. Gilligan may direct the pilot, but House show runner, David Shore, will be running Battle Creek. What’s it about?

From THR:

An early drama spec from the Breaking Bad creator has been granted a series production order for the 2014-15 season. The project, which was first developed at CBS in 2002, centers on two detectives with very different world views who are teamed up. Together, they must answer the question: Are cynicism, guile and deception enough to clean up the semi-mean streets of Battle Creek, Michigan, in the face of a complete lack of resources, or is the exact opposite true — it takes naïveté, trust and a boatload of resources?

It sounds, at best, like a complex detective procedural, but it’s not only for a network, but CBS, so I would not expect anything groundbreaking or even terribly interesting. Network shows are designed for 22 episodes a year, with hopes of running multiple years, so series arcs tend not to be too complex. Your parents, however, will probably love it.

Gilligan, of course, will also executive produce the Better Call Saul spin-off for AMC, but he’s expected to hand that off to Peter Gould, the Breaking Bad writer who created the Saul Goodman character.

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