As Jesse Pinkman once said to Walter White, "when the going gets tough, you don't want a criminal lawyer. You want a *criminal* lawyer." Online streaming giant Netflix realizes this, which is why they have already placed Saul Goodman's services on retainer for next year.
'Breaking Bad' has long enjoyed a symbiotic relationship with Netflix streaming. The AMC drama stands as one of the most viewed programs in Netflix history, and series creator Vince Gilligan has repeatedly thanked the service for helping to increase the show's profile year after year. Binge watching of past seasons prior to each new season's premiere is widely believed to be a major cause behind the steady rise in live viewership that the third, fourth, and fifth seasons of 'Breaking Bad' experienced.
Obviously hoping to continue this profitable arrangement, Netflix has acquired the exclusive streaming rights to upcoming 'Breaking Bad' spin-off 'Better Call Saul.' New episodes of 'Better Call Saul' will premiere on Netflix in overseas markets such as Europe and Latin America shortly after their first USA airing on AMC, and the entire first season will be available to North American Netflix subscribers not long after the season finale airs.
A prequel to 'Bad,' 'Better Call Saul' will focus on the titular unethical attorney's exploits prior to getting mixed up with Walter and Jesse. Peter Gould (who created the character) will serve as showrunner, while Gilligan will return to executive produce, as well as direct the pilot episode.
A premiere date for 'Better Call Saul' has yet to be determined, although prior reports point to the spin-off making its debut sometime between August and October of 2014.