Some of AMC’s biggest hitters are coming to an end next year – including Breaking Bad prequel Better Call Saul, long-running zombiesploitation drama The Walking Dead, and BBC America import Killing Eve. Wanting to squeeze these toothpaste tubes for all they can get, AMC has now announced several pieces of tie-in digital content, which can be broadcast on a wider range of platforms – including internet giant Youtube.
The first, Slippin’ Jimmy, is an animated prequel to Better Call Saul, depicting the young life of lovably amoral lawyer Jimmy ‘Saul Goodman’ McGill and set in his hometown of Cicero, Illinois. It is said to be created in the “retro style of Fat Albert” and beyond that pay homage “to everything from spaghetti Westerns to Buster Keaton to After Hours.”
(Animation is certainly the way to go here, since for all Bob Odenkirk’s ability as an actor he cannot appear younger than he was in the Breaking Bad days. One episode of Better Call Saul tried it and it was very odd.)
The Saul character had already birthed a number of ‘webisodes’, as such content was called back then, in the Breaking Bad days, taking the form of mock-commercials for the fictional lawyer’s slightly seamy practice:
To stay on the Better Call Saul theme, AMC also announced that Odenkirk’s co-lead Rhea Seehorn is to produce and direct Cooper’s Bar, set in “a unique watering hole located in the backyard of one man’s bungalow”.
Like Better Call Saul, Fear The Walking Dead is a spinoff of an already successful show, and it too will now have its own spinoff: Dead In The Water, a side-story to the sixth season 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-fueled walker-filled death trap with no way out.” At the risk of spoilers, that submarine will be familiar to the fans, having been seen in Fear The Walking Dead high and dry in Galveston, Texas, with the legend ‘The End is the Beginning’ spray-painted on it.
Finally, and on a much lighter note, The Walking Dead will also have a cooking show spinoff. The producers of spicy food-based talk show Hot Ones, Complex Media, have partnered with AMC to create Run The Dish, featuring dishes inspired by The Walking Dead’s post-apocalyptic setting. Expect a lack of frills, and of plates.
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