AMC is my favourite channel for drama series on cable television right now, no question.
Appointment viewing - or at least mandatory PVR'ing - are such shows as Breaking Bad, Mad Men, The Walking Dead, The Killing, and even Hell on Wheels, although I have yet to warm to Low Winter Sun.
So it was a good news/bad news when AMC had green lit the Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul - about colourful lawyer Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) - just as the fifth and final season of Breaking Bad winds down. The finale is set for Sept. 29.
The really interesting news is that it'll be a prequel to Breaking Bad so we'll presumably get to see exactly how Goodman ends up in his tacky strip mall office with those roman columns and a copy of the U.S. Constitution painted on his wall.
The bad news this week though was after its third season, AMC cancelled The Killing - again! - after initially axing it following the second season before it was brought back to life in a deal with Netflix.
All this after the presence of great actors like Peter Sarsgaard and Elias Koteas as intriguing new characters for Season 3.
I'm pretty sure I'm not alone in thinking the gritty show's Seattle cop duo of onetime institutionalized Sarah Linden and street-talking former meth-head Stephen Holder (as played by Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman) are worth saving especially after a shocking ending to the third season (SPOILER ALERT!!!) in which Linden killed her former lover and boss (Koteas) after realizing he was a serial murderer.
This series has possibly the best acting I've seen on TV this summer.
Come on AMC, be brave - or creative financially? - and go for a Season 4.