Better Call Saul animated spin-off in the works
James R | On 22, Mar 2021
Better Call Saul may be about to bid farewell, but AMC isn’t letting Jimmy McGill slip away from our screens just yet, with a new animated spin-off series in the works.
Called Slippin’ Jimmy, the show will follow the adventures of a young Jimmy McGill and his childhood friends in Chicago, Illinois. Told in the style of classic 70s-era cartoons, each episode is an ode to a different genre of film: spaghetti westerns, paranormal thrillers, silent films, and more. It is by Better Call Saul’s own Ariel Levine and Kathleen Williams-Foshee.
It joins a number of new spin-off projects in development at AMC as it looks to boost its digital programming to engage fans across platforms such as YouTube. Produced by AMCN Digital Originals, the spin-offs will follow in the footsteps of Bottomless Brunch at Colman’s, created and hosted by Fear the Walking Dead’s Colman Domingo, which began as a digital short in the early days of quarantine and is now a Diageo-sponsored ongoing series across IGTV, YouTube and more.
Also in the Breaking Bad universe will be the fourth and final season of the two-time Emmy and Critics’ Choice Award-winning series, Better Call Saul Employee Training from Dan Appel and Bacon and Sons, also written by Levine.
Other projects also in development include Dead in the Water, a scripted series that ties into Season 6 of Fear the Walking Dead, which tells the story of a submarine crew fighting for survival, cut off from the surface world just as the apocalypse hits, becoming a nuclear-fuelled walker-filled death trap with no way out. The digital series is written by show writer Jacob Pinion, and produced by Ian Goldberg, Andrew Chambliss, and Scott Gimple.
Better Call Saul’s Rhea Seehorn will star in Cooper’s Bar, about a one-of-a-kind watering hole born of one man’s dream for the perfect tiki bar experience… located in the backyard of his LA bungalow. The series revolves around the antics of this neighbourhood (backyard) bar, centering on Cooper, played by Louis Mustillo (Mike and Molly) and his loyal, offbeat friends. It also showcases. The digital series is executive produced and co-directed by Seehorn, created by David Conolly, Hannah Davis Law, and Nicholas Morton, and executive produced by Evan Shapiro, Louis Mustillo, and Alfredo de Villa.
“As we develop and curate new, high-quality ad-supported environments, we are marrying our proven creative ability with expanded reach, opening up new distinct destinations for our fans and meaningful opportunities for our advertising partners,” said Kim Kelleher, president of commercial revenue and partnerships for AMC Networks.