“A bit gratuitous, but glorious!”
Better Call Saul
In today’s arguably ‘politically correct’ dialogue, panelists from AMC Network’s most popular programmings dismiss the confines of what one can and cannot say in Hollywood during an era led by the #MeToo movement and inclusive diversity at the second annual AMC Network Summit held in New York City’s Lower East Side.
AMC networks first summit was dedicated to explaining and appreciating fandom, empowering and recognizing the kick-ass women on and off screen in AMC series, discussing the process and development of turning a book into a pilot, and insight on the creation of the network’s series; Better Call Saul. After breakfast, the event was divided into four sections, three of which featured different panelists, who aimed to speak on the realities of their crafts and participate in a Q&A with the audience.
On Sunday evening, the Split Screens Festival held a screening and discussion of BETTER CALL SAUL. The festival screened the upcoming episode “Slip,” airing tonight. The post-screening discussion took place with Michael McKean and Peter Gould. McKean plays Chuck McGill, the brother of Jimmy (aka Saul Goodman). Gould is the co-creater and executive producer of the AMC original series.
BETTER CALL SAUL is a prequel series to AMC’s BREAKING BAD. The show centers around Jimmy McGill, the lawyer that becomes Saul Goodman. The show is now in its third season, building towards the world of BREAKING BAD. Most notably, BETTER CALL SAUL has reintroduced notable villain Gustavo Fring. The show has gotten a lot of critical love in its own right.
The screening and discussion was held by the Split Screens Festival. The Festival is a new event series, celebrating television. The festival is holding several such discussions at the IFC Film Center. The festival will include panels from shows like BILLIONS, ORPHAN BLACK, and MR. ROBOT.
Michael McKean plays Chuck McGill, Jimmy’s angry older brother. Peter Gould is the co-creator and executive producer of the series. The two sat down with Matt Zoller Seitz. McKean talked about the “yummy curves” that come with playing a character like Chuck. Gould expanded on this, discussing the “dad energy” that courses through Chuck’s relationship with Jimmy.
The episode “Slip” comes on tonight at 10:00PM. The Split Screens Festival will run until June 8th.
Better Call Saul, the Breaking Bad prequel series, is returning for its third season Monday. Ahead of its release, AMC has unveiled a pop-up “Los Pollos Hermanos” restaurant. Los Pollos Hermanos, the popular fried chicken spot from Breaking Bad, will be coming to Saul’s third season – along with its villainous owner, Gustavo Fring.
Leading the pack are the usual shows in Mad Men, Game of Thrones, and Downton Abbey, while some new faces make their first appearances such as Better Call Saul, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and Orphan Black