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Goodman has served as comic relief for the series, which has been grim and sometimes unbearably tense. The proposed series will no doubt be lighter in tone than "Breaking Bad," however series co-creator Peter Gould told Entertainment Weekly, "When people think of a Saul Goodman spinoff, they tend to think in terms of a laugh-a-minute comedy, and we're going for something that has a very, very unique tone."
This isn't the first time a successful and beloved series has attempted a spinoff, but Gould and fellow creator Vince Gilligan would do well to study the lessons learned by previous spinoff attempts, some successful and some grim.
1. Don't change careers. In 1987, beloved police drama
2. Remember what made the original compelling. "M*A*S*H" had one direct spinoff and one semi-spinoff. And though "AfterMASH" featured many of the same actors playing the same characters from "M*A*S*H," it didn't fare nearly as well as "Trapper John, M.D.," which took a "M*A*S*H" character but replaced him with a different actor and moved him nearly three decades into the future. While neither series put the characters in the life or death theater of war, at least "Trapper John, M.D." retained the life or death drama of the operating room. Meanwhile, "AfterMASH" veered too far into straight comedy.
3. Prequels are hard. No one knows exactly what will happen to "Breaking Bad's" characters, but everyone will know what lies in Saul Goodman's future. While shows that have leaped generations into the future from the originals have done well, prequel series, such as "Caprica" from
4. Don't lose the vices. The world of "Breaking Bad" is one of drug dealers, drug lords, cops and junkies. Saul Goodman is just one part of that, but his world isn't necessarily limited to the drug world. While it may be tempting to expand Goodman into other aspects of the law, it may be best to remember the fate of The Lone Gunmen, the comic relief conspiracy theorists from
5. It's not an impossible task. Just look at "Lou Grant," the dramatic spinoff series from the sitcom
And hey, if they're able to pull off a Saul Goodman spinoff, maybe soon we'll see drug kingpin Gus Fring (Giancarlo Esposito) back for a cooking show (he makes great fried chicken). Or possibly bring back wheelchair-bound, bell-ringing baddie Hector Salamanca for a variety show (he could ding the failed acts off the stage).