EW Praises Saul; Michael Mando Already Eager for Season 2

better-call-saul-episode-104-jimmy-odenkirk-nacho-mando-325This week, Entertainment Weekly praises Better Call Saul as a “spin-off that works,” while Michael Mando tells Albuquerque Journal he’s already eager for Season 2. Plus, Gennifer Hutchison teases the rest of Season 1 to The Hollywood Reporter. Read on for more:

Entertainment Weekly lauds Better Call Saul as “the rare spin-off that works, expanding the original show’s mythology while creating its own distinct funny-sad sense of humor.” [No link]

• Michael Mando, talking to Albuquerque Journal, says he’s eager for Season 2 and notes, “Nacho is really unlike any character I’ve ever played. He’s extremely intelligent and patient. He’s very ambitious and to be in that character’s skin is a journey for me.”

• Esquire has an excerpt of Ian Black’s conversation with Bob Odenkirk, where he talks about “the origins of Saul Goodman.”

• Gennifer Hutchison, who wrote the latest episode, “Hero,” tells The Hollywood Reporter that Jimmy “doesn’t yet understand the implications of the things he does. As the season goes on, that’s what happens — there are consequences to his actions.”
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Letters From Saul: Jacobsen’s Security vs. America

Each week, members of the Better Call Saul Insiders Club get a first look at letters from the desk of Saul Goodman, Esq., penned by the writers of Better Call Saul

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Bob Odenkirk Talks to British GQ, Reminisces With Conan on SNL Days With THR

better-call-saul-episode-103-jimmy-odenkrik-325This week, Bob Odenkirk talks about Jimmy vs. Saul to British GQ, while The Hollywood Reporter features Bob Odenkirk, Conan O’Brien and Greg Daniels reminiscing about their Saturday Night Live days. Plus, Raymond Cruz talks more about returning as Tuco. Read on for more:

• British GQ chats with Bob Odenkirk, who says Jimmy (vs. Saul) is “a much more dimensional character, and I think much more sympathetic.”

• Bob Odenkirk, along with Conan O’Brien and Greg Daniels, reminisces to The Hollywood Reporter about his time on the writing staff of Saturday Night Live.

The Hollywood Reporter speaks with producer Thomas Schnauz, who warns that Nacho’s “definitely no Tuco. He has a little more clear thinking. But there are several things you have to worry about with him.”
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Better Call Saul Two-Night Debut is #1 Series Premiere in Cable History! Watch on amc.com

better-call-saul-episode-102-jimmy-odenkirk-tuco-cruz-325The verdict is in, and the evidence couldn’t be more clear: Better Call Saul has now been confirmed as the #1 series premiere in cable history among adults 18-49 and adults 25-54 in live+3 ratings, which include three days of time-shifted viewing. The series’ two-night premiere on February 8th and 9th delivered a combined total of 15.6 million viewers, 9.7 million adults 18-49, and 9.1 million adults 25-54 (live+3). The viewership records were set by just the first half of the two-night premiere, the February 8th telecast, which delivered 9.8 million viewers, 6.1 million adults 18-49, and 5.7 million adults 25-54.

“There are many who are responsible for taking Better Call Saul from ‘Can we actually do this?’ to the biggest series premiere in the history of cable television,” said Charlie Collier, AMC president. “It’s a good day indeed and, at the same time, we all know there’s a lot of road to navigate ahead. We remain collectively focused on sharing, in style, Jimmy McGill’s long, strange trip from nail salon to Cinnabon.”

Missed part one, “Uno,” or part two, “Mijo,” or want to see them again? Watch both of them right now on amc.com (no login required).

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Better Call Saul airs Mondays at 10/9c on AMC.

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Letters From Saul – World’s Greatest Lawyer vs. World’s Greatest Landlord

Each week, members of the Better Call Saul Insiders Club get a first look at letters from the desk of Saul Goodman, Esq., penned by the writers of Better Call Saul

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Better Call Saul Q&A – Michael Mando (Nacho)

better-call-saul-season-1-character-portrait-nacho-mando-325Michael Mando, who plays Nacho on AMC’s Better Call Saul, talks about his character and shares some insightful advice he got from Raymond Cruz (Tuco).

Q: Talk a bit about landing the role of Nacho.

A: My agent got an audition request from the amazing Better Call Saul casting department. I really thought they would never see my tape, but I received an invitation to go to L.A. for a screen test. That’s where I met Vince Gilligan, Peter Gould and Melissa Bernstein for the first time. I immediately fell in love with their ways of working and communicating with the actors. A few weeks later, I received the fabulous news that I was going to be a part of the cast. When I did the audition, what I remember really sticking with me was the fact that Nacho was very intelligent and ambitious.

Q: Nacho definitely comes across as intelligent and ambitious, while still being menacing.

A: I agree. Nacho is extremely menacing. He’s like a crocodile in a pond that’s absolutely still, and he’s watching your every move. At any moment, he can just snap his jaw. I would say he’s like a young crocodile who wants to feed so he can grow and become the king of the pond – or maybe even the lake. From playing Nacho and being in his skin, I’ve learned the importance of patience and the importance of silence. I’ve never played a character with such courage and confidence.

Q: How do you approach playing the role of a tough guy?

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Bob Odenkirk Talks Tuco’s Return With EW; Vince Gilligan Teases Next Episodes to THR

better-call-saul-episode-102-jimmy-odenkirk-nacho-mando-325This week, Bob Odenkirk and Peter Gould talk Tuco’s return with Entertainment Weekly, while Vince Gilligan teases the next episodes to The Hollywood Reporter. Plus, Michelle MacLaren and Raymond Cruz discuss Episode 2. Read on for more:

Entertainment Weekly talks Tuco’s return with Peter Gould and Bob Odenkirk, who cautions, “I’m always looking forward to seeing Tuco, but I’ve got to say: Nacho is scary on a whole other level. He’s an incredibly frightening character, but there’s wheels turning in his head, which in some ways makes him scarier.”

• Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, Peter Gould reveals that Jimmy is “a character whose secret weapon is his mouth. Bob probably learns more dialogue for a single episode than most actors have in a season. He comes in and he’s letter perfect every time.” And Vince Gilligan teases that the Episode 2 montage has a character who “will be very important in episode four.”

• Michelle MacLaren talks to The Hollywood Reporter about directing the Episode 2 montage, which is meant to show that Jimmy is “a hard-working, dedicated lawyer. He’s a good guy. He’s trying to do the right thing and he cares deeply. The guy just can’t get a break.”
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Letters From Saul – The Albuquerque Community Center vs. the Trivia Tuesdays Thief

Each week, members of the Better Call Saul Insiders Club get a first look at letters from the desk of Saul Goodman, Esq., penned by the writers of Better Call Saul

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Better Call Saul Q&A – Raymond Cruz (Tuco Salamanca)

better-call-saul-episode-102-jimmy-odenkirk-tuco-cruz-325Raymond Cruz, who plays Tuco Salamanca on AMC’s Better Call Saul, talks about getting a second chance to portray the loco drug kingpin and his approach to playing a “walking menace.”

Q: How did you react when you first learned Tuco was going to appear on Better Call Saul? Did you ever think you’d get another chance to play him?

A: I really didn’t. I thought Tuco was a done deal, dead and gone, but I heard about the show and the fact that it’s a prequel, and I thought, “Wow! How are they going to twist this around?” It worked out, and I was excited about it.

Q: Better Call Saul is set six years before Breaking Bad. How does Better Call Saul Tuco compare with Breaking Bad Tuco? Did you approach playing him any differently?

A: Oh yeah, of course. Tuco, at this point, is not discovered through meth. He’s not as explosive, but you also realize that it wasn’t the drug that made him that way. Deep down inside, he just has anger issues! [Laughs] This guy is a complete walking menace, and the drugs just amplify that. When I first did Tuco, I had to first build the character and then figure out how the drugs — physiologically, psychologically, emotionally — affected him. You layer that on top of the character. With Better Call Saul, my work was done. It wasn’t like I had to build a whole new character. I was just revisiting him and taking him to a different point in his life.

Q: Are there any inspirations behind your portrayal of Tuco?

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Better Call Saul Has the Biggest Series Premiere in Cable History! Watch It Now on amc.com

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The jury is in! Last night’s debut of Better Call Saul on AMC was the biggest series premiere in cable history, drawing 4.4 million adults 18-49 and four million adults 25-54. “In a competitive environment that sometimes gets as much press as the shows themselves, it is gratifying to deliver programming that breaks through and reaches passionate audiences,” said Charlie Collier, AMC president. “We are supremely thankful… for the fans who continue to make AMC a television destination unlike any other.”

Missed the premiere episode of Better Call Saul, “Uno,” or want to see it again? Watch it right now on amc.com (no login required).

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Fans can also tune in to an encore presentation of the premiere tonight at 9/8c on AMC. The encore leads into the premiere of the second episode of Better Call Saul, “Mijo,” airing tonight at Better Call Saul‘s usual day and time, Mondays at 10/9c.

During both episodes, don’t forget to log in to Better Call Saul Story Sync for a live, interactive experience that immerses you in the world of the show and lets you interact with other fans and relive exciting moments.

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