Vince Gilligan’s New Series Reunites Him With Better Call Saul Star

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Vince Gilligan is reuniting with Better Call Saul’s Rhea Seehorn on his new Apple TV+ series.

By Douglas Helm
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Vince Gilligan will be taking his brand new series to Apple TV+ and Rhea Seehorn will be along for the ride. Seehorn played Kim Wexler for Gilligan on his Breaking Bad prequel Better Call Saul, which just ended with its series finale last month. The new series is set to be a grounded genre drama that is being compared to The Twilight Zone.

Rhea Seehorn has done incredible work on Vince Gilligan’s Better Call Saul, which acted as a sort of origin story for the slippery lawyer Saul Goodman aka Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk). Seehorn was nominated for Best Supporting Actress at the recent Emmy awards, though she lost to Ozarks‘ Julia Garner. It was certainly a category packed with talent this year, as Seehorn also went up against Patricia Arquette, Jung Ho-yeon, Christina Ricci, J Smith-Cameron, Sarah Snook, and Sydney Sweeney.

Rhea Seehorn in Better Call Saul

With that being said, this isn’t the first time Better Call Saul has lost out on an Emmy win. In fact, the series has been nominated a whopping 46 times without taking home a single trophy. While fans are livid, Vince Gilligan and the rest of the cast and crew will get one last chance to clean up at the next ceremony for the second half of the final season.

Even if Better Call Saul somehow missed out on another round of Emmys, at least Vince Gilligan and Rhea Seehorn can try again with this upcoming Apple TV+ series. Plenty of networks and streaming platforms were chomping at the bit to hear Gilligan’s pitch for the series last month, and Apple ended up winning the bid. According to Deadline, the project was seeking a series order and around $13.5 to $15 million per episode.

While these are certainly crazy numbers, Vince Gilligan has more than earned the right to ask for them. Better Call Saul and Breaking Bad have been some of the most commercially and critically acclaimed dramas in the past decade. It seems like Gilligan is doing a fairly big pivot in tone from the crime and drugs of the aforementioned series, but his Emmy-nominated work on the X-Files should make the change a natural switch for him.

Nabbing the next TV series from Vince Gilligan is certainly a big win for Apple TV+. The streaming platform has steadily been building a prestigious offering of originals in nearly every genre. Apple TV+ now has highly acclaimed comedies like Ted Lasso, blockbuster sci-fi adaptations like Foundation, and groundbreaking dramas like Severance. Their foray into films is going well too, with upcoming projects from Matthew Vaughn and Martin Scorcese on their release schedule.

Whether Vince Gilligan’s new series is at the same level as Better Call Saul and Breaking Bad remains to be seen, but it will almost certainly draw in viewers. Apple TV+ must be hoping it will since it has been ordered straight-to-series for at least two seasons. While the premise is currently being kept under wraps and there isn’t a release date yet, we’ll be keeping you updated on the latest.