Breaking Bad writers launch new shows w/ impressive pedigrees


Being on the writing staff of one of the most critically acclaimed tv shows ever opens a few doors… And we get some promising shows to look forward to. Check out their new gigs.

L-R: Tom Schnauz, George Mastras, Sam Catlin, King Vince, Peter Gould, Gennifer Hutchison, Moira Walley-Beckett

• Sam Catlin
Then: BB writing credits include "4 Days Out," "The Fly," "Crawl Space," "Rabid Dog"
Now: Showrunner - PREACHER - AMC (produced by Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg)


Could Preacher become AMC’s next Walking Dead? AMC has officially put into development the long-rumored TV version of Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s twisted 1990s comic series. Preacher follows Reverend Jesse Custer, a tough Texas preacher who has lost his faith, has learned that God has left Heaven and abandoned His responsibilities. He finds himself the only person capable of tracking God down, demanding answers, and making Him answer for His dereliction of duty. Accompanying Jesse on his journey is his former girlfriend and a friendly vampire who seems to prefer a pint in the pub to the blood of the innocent. On his tail is one of the most iconic bad guys in print – an immortal, unstoppable killing machine named the Saint of Killers – a western lone gunman archetype whose sole purpose is to hunt and kill Jesse. Rogen and Goldberg wrote the pilot.

• George Mastras
Then: BB writing credits include "Crawl Space," "Dead Freight," "To'hajiilee"
Now: Showrunner - UNTITLED ROCK DRAMA - HBO (produced by Boardwalk Empire's Martin Scorsese, Terence Winter)


From the team behind Boardwalk Empire: Set in 1970s New York, the pilot explores the drug- and sex-fueled music business as punk and disco were breaking out, all told through the eyes of record executive Richie Finestra, with a great ear for discovering talent, who tries to resurrect his label and find the next new sound. He undergoes a crisis of character when confronted with a life-altering decision.
Cast includes Bobby Cannavale, Olivia Wilde, Juno Temple, Ray Romano, Max Casella and Jack Quaid.


Moira Walley-Beckett
Then: BB writing credits include "The Fly," "Gliding Over All," "Ozymandias"
Now: Showrunner - FLESH & BONE - Starz (produced by Quentin Tarantino veteran Lawrence Bender)


World-renowned dancers attached to Starz original ballet drama, Flesh And Bone. Starz is adding a female-skewing drama to its roster. The drama centers on Claire (Black Swan's Sarah Hay), who has a distinctly troubled past, as she joins a prestigious ballet company in NYC. The dark and gritty series will unflinchingly explore the dysfunction and glamour of the ballet world. She is a transcendent ballerina, capable of reaching the sublime, but her inner torment and aspirations drive her in compelling, unforeseeable ways.
Cast includes former American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Irina Dvorovenko, ABT soloist Sascha Radetsky, Ballet Arizona company dancer Raychel Diane Weiner and Boardwalk Empire's Emily Tyra. Director David Michod (Animal Kingdom, Rover) is directing the pilot.


• Peter Gould
Then: BB writing credits include "Half Measures," "Salud," "Blood Money," "Granite State"
Now: Co-showrunner - BETTER CALL SAUL - AMC (produced by Vince Gilligan)


Better Call Saul tells the story of mall-based super lawyer Saul Goodman in the years before he became Walter White’s attorney. From parking tickets to mass murder, from slip-and-fall to bond fraud, Saul handles it all. Cast includes Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, Michael McKean, Patrick Fabian.


Vince Gilligan is directing the pilot. Gould and Gilligan are joined in the BCS writers room by fellow BB scribes Gennifer Hutchison ("I See You," "Salud," "Confessions") and Tom Schnauz ("One Minute," "End Times," "Say My Name")
Gennifer Hutchinson also worked on Guillermo Del Toro's The Strain for FX and is adapting "The Red Queen" for Universal. Tom Schnauz also wrote for NBC's Resurrection post Breaking Bad.

Anything look promising... or not so promising?

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