In the second piece of ‘Better Call Saul’ news today, following the tease that Aaron Paul would like to make an appearance or two on the spin-off, a veteran behind the scenes of ‘Breaking Bad’ has signed up to carry on the legacy.
Tom Schauz, a co-executive producer on ‘Breaking Bad,’ has signed a two-year deal with Sony Pictures, reported first by Deadline. He will join creators Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould (the initial brain behind Saul Goodman) working on the much scrutinized series.
While it may not be the most exciting news for those eagerly anticipating all the details behind a bold, potentially great, potentially awful spin-off of arguably one of the greatest show in television history (certainly one of the most acclaimed), it’s still pivotal.
Continuity among those in creative control is important in any show – how many times do we see showrunners change and a series fall away (ahem, ‘Community’). Schnauz is part of the club, having worked on ‘Breaking Bad’ for its final three seasons, writing and directing the episode "Say My Name," for which he was nominated for an Emmy and a Writer’s Guild Award.
He also wrote, among others, "One Minute," a most memorable one involving Hank; "Shotgun," where Mike and Jesse head on the road; "End Times," the penultimate Season 4 episode, and "Buried," the second of the whirlwind final eight.
The professional relationship between Schnauz and ‘Breaking Bad’ creator Vince Gilligan dates back to 2001, when they worked together on ‘The X-Files’ as well as Gilligan’s first (and failed) attempt at a spin-off, ‘The Lone Gunmen.’ Gilligan has said previously he is determined to get it right this time around.