‘Breaking Bad’ Creator Signs Josh Duhamel To A New Series

Looks like Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan has yet another show up his sleeve. Today it was announced that Gilligan is heading to CBS for his new show Battle Creek. In addition the show also scored a familiar face to the small screen in Josh Duhamel. Prior to starring in the CBS show, Duhamel is most known for his role on the NBC show Las Vegas.

The new show from Breaking Bad’s Vince Gilligan will center around Josh Duhamel as Detective Milton Chamberlain. The character is described as, “the nice-guy FBI special agent from Detroit who teams with Dean Winters’ tough, impatient police detective Russ Agnew to clean up the semi-mean streets of Battle Creek, Michigan.”

The CBS show is based on a spec script written by the Breaking Bad creator back in 2002. It’s said that the pilot will be directed by Bryan Singer, who is known for House M.D., Dirty Sexy Money, and The X-Men series. In addition to star Josh Duhamel, the show will also see actors Kal Penn, Janet McTeer, Edward Fordham Jr, and Aubrey Dollar in the Breaking Bad creator’s series.

Battle Creek isn’t the only project that Gilligan is working on. As we all know the talented creator will be overseeing a spinoff series Better Call Saul for AMC. Home to his previous series Breaking Bad, Vince Gilligan is in the process of creating a new world for the character Saul Goodman to live in for the series.

In addition to Bob Odenkirk playing a younger version of the role he originated on Breaking Bad, Jonathan Banks signed on as a regular to reprise his role as Mike, Goodman’s fixer who previously worked for drug lord Gus Fring. Other characters from the Breaking Bad series may make their way into the series but only for short guest appearances. It’s rumored that fan favorite Aaron Paul might reprise his role as lovable Jesse Pinkman.

It’s said that the show’s lead character Walter White played by Bryan Cranston may find his way on the show as well. A character that won’t make his way on to the show is Dean Norris’ DEA agent and Walt’s brother-in-law Hank.

In an interview Norris said that the chances of appearing on the prequel are slim to none.

“I think that experience was that experience. I’m not a big fan of kind of revisiting something that has already been done. But I think it’s going to be awesome. So I can’t wait to see it.”

Better Call Saul is set to premiere in November on AMC while Vince Gilligan’s new show will either be picked up by CBS or passed on.

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