Friday, September 23, 2022

Vince Gilligan's New Series Starring Rhea Seehorn Gets Two-Season Order At Apple TV+

Vince Gilligan's New Series Starring Rhea Seehorn Gets Two-Season Order At Apple TV+
"Breaking Bad" and "Better Call Saul" creator Vince Gilligan is gearing up for his next project. The yet-untitled new series will star "Better Call Saul" Emmy-nominated actress Rhea Seehorn in the lead role, and Apple TV+ has already signed on for a two-season deal.

Hailing from Sony Pictures Television, Gilligan's longtime collaborators, the new show has been described as a blended, grounded genre drama, and drew comparisons to "The Twilight Zone". The new series is said to be set in our world while putting a tweak on it, bending reality and focusing on people and exploring the human condition in an unexpected, surprising way. Thought-provoking but not a morality tale, the series also is expected to carry the signature Gilligan tone that infuses drama with humor.

Gilligan will serve as showrunner and executive produce through his High Bridge Productions, and former Sony Pictures TV president Jeff Frost will also executive produce, along with Diane Mercer. Frost oversaw the project prior to recently stepping down from his executive post.

Gilligan's new project raised a lot of interest, with at least 8-9 networks and platforms lined up to hear the pitch and read the script, including Amazon and AMC, and apparently there were multiple rounds of bidding for the project. The budget Gilligan was asking for was in the vicinity of $13.5-15 million per episode.

Apple TV+ showed great enthusiasm for the project and pursued it aggresively. Also, Gilligan had a longstanding relationship with the streaming network's Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht, who while acting as presidents of Sony Pictures Television, spearheaded and sold both "Breaking Bad" and "Better Call Saul".

Here's what Gilligan had to say about the project:
"After 15 years, I figured it was time to take a break from writing antiheroes… and who's more heroic than the brilliant Rhea Seehorn? 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, longtime partners at Sony Pictures Television and I are excited to be in business with them."


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