While the sixth and final season of Bob Odenkirk starring Bob Odenkirk You better call Saul Just debuting on AMC, the cable network has announced it is staying in business with the Emmy-nominated actor and has ordered his next straight-to-series show. Previously announced as being in accelerated development, the series straight man is described as “a midlife crisis tale set at Railton College, told in the first person by William Henry Devereaux, Jr. (Odenkirk), the unlikely chairman of the English department at a severely underfunded college in the Pennsylvania Rust Belt.” Odenkirk will star in and executive produce the series which received an eight-episode order.
“I’m thrilled that AMC is embracing the unique storyline and characters of Paul and Aaron’s adaptation of straight man“, Odenkirk said in a statement. “I loved the mix of comedy and drama in You better call Saul, and it’s another story with a unique dynamic, and the kind of closely watched character writing and exploration that AMC has become a touchstone of. It’s going to be fun to play and watch!”
Aaron Zelman (The murder, the bloodline) and Paul Lieberstein (The Office, King of the Hill) will serve as co-showrunners on the project, having adapted Richard Russo’s novel into the series. Oscar winner Peter Farrelly (Green, silly, silly book) will also serve as an executive producer and is also attached to direct. Mark Johnson, Richard Russo, Naomi Odenkirk and Marc Provissiero are also all attached as executive producers.
Zelman and Lieberstein added, “We’re so excited to work with Bob. We don’t know of another actor who can give you three different emotions on his face at once, in one reaction shot. We’re excited to swim in the depth of his range. And it’s a dream to work with Mark Johnson, who literally has Jedi powers to make everyone think he’s had his idea. Oh, and did we mention the legendary Peter Farrelly “AMC Networks and Sony/Tristar have been unique partners in sharing our vision for the series. Ever since Mad Men, we’ve wanted a show on this network, where risk-taking is the norm. We’re honored to bring the show to life. amazing novel by Richard Russo here.”
“The saying goes ‘third time a charm,’ but as far as Bob Odenkirk on AMC goes, the first and second times were about as charming, gripping and viscerally entertaining as they come,” said Dan McDermott, president of entertainment and AMC. Studios for AMC Networks. “Like You better call Saul begins its epic sixth and final season, we couldn’t be more excited to keep Bob at home on AMC and see him bring another nuanced, complicated, and unforgettable character to life. The chance to collaborate again with our partners at Sony Pictures Television and Mark Johnson’s Gran Via is even more the icing on a very satisfying cake.”
Look for straight man to arrive at a later date while Better Call Saul continues to air its final season Mondays at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.