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It’s lights, camera, Cranston and much much more for “Better Call Saul”

Posted by on July 24, 2014 | Comments Off on It’s lights, camera, Cranston and much much more for “Better Call Saul”

Better Call Saul Billboard in Albuquerque Image via Twitter

While insiders have confirmed with OHI that Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul is on the roster to appear in the show’s upcoming prequel “Better Call Saul”, speculation abounds about which other cast and production members are or might be attached.

Saul Goodman née James McGill, beloved Mike Ehrmantraut and at least a glimpse of Jesse Pinkman are mounting reasons why Bad fans the world over are itching for the “early 2015” debut. Filming is meticulously underway in Albuquerque where the tiniest glimpses of what can be expected are coming to light. And what’s coming to light is that the BCS team is tight and right.

By his own account the bump from a November 2014 premiere into 2015 is due to Vince Gilligan’s producing and directing style being “slow as mud”, so says the Bad creator himself who continued, “I still feel I’m very slow for television”, at the recent Television Critics Association.

Slow and steady she goes, by all ground accounts here in the ABQ, Saul co-creators Gilligan and Peter Gould are hard at work carefully crafting the kind of darkly comedic drama that has the masses addicted to their work.

And what of the at first haphazard chem teacher turned drug kingpin? Like Aaron Paul, Bryan Cranston has purportedly been attached to the new show, but not only with a possible turn as either Heisenberg and/or Mr. White in the series’ flexi-time-line, but behind the camera as an episode DIRECTOR.

Cranston directed episodes of Breaking Bad (Blood Money, No Más, Seven Thirty-Seven), an episode each of The Office and Modern Family, and seven episodes of Malcolm in the Middle, with feature film direction under his belt in the 1999 film, Last Chance, which he also wrote and starred in.

Any way you look at it this series is shaping up to be another WINNER.

Watch for the television production family that spawned Saul on the 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards show, airing Monday August 25 on NBC, where Breaking Bad has been nominated one last time for a whopping 16 Emmys.

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Burqueños abuzz over Odenkirk

Posted by on June 1, 2014 | Comments Off on Burqueños abuzz over Odenkirk

A Facebook account that appears to belong to THE REAL Bob Odenkirk has put up a post that has local Breaking Bad fans crying in their Pollos Hermanos mugs:

Bob Odenkirk filming Better Call Saul in Albuquerque Drama

This Blogette says, don’t cry Burqueños! I see the writing on the Facebook wall just like you and it stings a little, but wait! Filming location and setting are oft two very different animals. Am I right, or am I right, or am I right?

Believe it or not New Mexico has played stand-in for such exotic locales as Egypt, Cali, Wyoming, Mexico, other worlds, other galaxies and yes even the East Coast…perhaps you’re familiar with the story of a mad chemistry teacher who made his way all the way to New Hampshire to escape his drug dealing comeuppance. And that my friends was all filmed right here in New Mexico.

So take heart #NM, come November New Mexico WILL hit the small screen again in Better Call Saul – under the talented hand of Sir Odenkirk, led by Masters Gilligan and Gould, for most if not all of its filming. Now the only other devastating turn of events, besides leaving NM to shoot would be if “Lynette” doesn’t land a role:

p.s. OHI has confirmed with sources within the production that NM is the only location on the shooting schedule for now…

p.p.s Filming starts tomorrow, in the Q!

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Will “Saul” hold court in spin off history?

Posted by on April 5, 2014 | One comment

Better Call Saul Spin off success story

With new character developments emerging and production set to begin within weeks right here in Albuquerque, die hard Baddies around the world await with bated breath.

As anticipation and speculation mounts, separate camps are already beginning to form. Some being of the mindset that Saul can do no wrong as far as being capable of delivering the same level of top tier dark-dramedy so exquisitely executed by its parent, Breaking Bad. While other more paranoid types (count me in here) are terrified that the beloved offspring could turn out to be a bad seed. Please, oh please dear lord (aka Vince Gilligan) don’t let this chip off the old masterpiece devolve into another Joanie Loves Chachi.

Now while sitting in the proverbial waiting room until this project finally airs in November, there is a middle ground to be found which looks a lot like hope. After all, it has been done before – success, even surpassed success of a spinoff from its jump off. Maybe nobody really loved Chachi, but those Milwaukee beer factory workers, Laverne and Shirley too spawned from Happy Days and have since rightfully earned their place in television history.

Just look at how all the hairspray, stone washed denim and shoulder pads of some over privileged teenagers set forth the hit 90s twenty-something prime-time soap opera that was and always will be the one and only Melrose Place. Cynical curmudgeon Archie Bunker and all of his family gave us George and Weezie.

Frasier’s success surpassed that of his ensemble on Cheers. And then there’s Mary. The Goddess who is Mary Tyler Moore and the vast talents behind her shows and characters wrangled her her own show after the Dick Van Dyke Show and even further from Mary Tyler Moore, were we gifted with RHODA!

From the stand-up comedy stages whence he came, Bob Newhart carved out a solid spot for himself in a prime-time comedy show of his very own – AND THEN went on to do it again in the very next decade, dropping the Bob from his Newhart and coming back as a whole new man in an even more successful show. So it can be done.

While it’s still too early to tell who will spinoff from where and what will be what in the prequel world of “Saul Goodman”, a few things are a certainty – Odenkirk can bring it, Gilligan and (Peter) Gould are ferocious and clever beyond our wildest dreams, and there is a standing fan base at the ready to embrace this chapter of the best bad experience of our lives.

In the meantime chew on this: Thursday Showbiz 411 published a scoop claiming that new “Saul” characters will include, “regular players named Burt, Dr. Thurber, Beth, Eddie, and Zak and Luke. Burt is described as a “Kennedy” type lawyer in a white-shoe law firm. Dr. Thurber and Beth are also supposed to be lawyers. Eddie is a career criminal, a cool guy who speaks Spanish. Zak and Luke are skateboarding twins around 20 years old.”

Come on November!

UPDATE 5/1/14: Happy Days spawned Laverne & Shirley, Laverne & Shirley launched Michael McKean and now Michael McKean joins Breaking Bad prequel, Better Call Saul! – Daily Mail UK

Michael McKearn to star in Better Call Saul in Albuquerque New Mexico

UPDATE 4/6/14: Aaron Paul has made no secret of his wish & intent to be a part of the Breaking Bad prequel, Better Call Saul…

Well, TONIGHT a source very close to the actor and the production tells OneHeadlightInk EXCLUSIVELY that all the i’s have been dotted and t’s crossed, officially adding the actor to the upcoming shoot schedule!!!!

Filming is set to begin in Albuquerque by the end of May and continue through early July.

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Better Call Saul headed baack to Albuquerque – confirmed

Posted by on March 3, 2014 | 3 comments

Better Call Saul to shoot in Albuquerque this Spring

All reports concur that the Breaking Bad criminal lawyer spin-off tentatively titled, “Better Call Saul” is set to hit the AMC coaxials by November 2014.

Also confirmed up and down the wire is that Jonathan Banks (Mike Ehrmantraut) will join Saul star Bob Odenkirk (Saul Goodman) in the prequel…

While we’ve been following every little byte on the subject as it pertains to the production returning to its on location roots by coming home to film in Albuquerque, New Mexico, here, here and here – new conflicting reports have emerged. Some local news outlets say “YES” it is, while another station says, “just might”

After checking it out with multiple sources, OHI confirms that “Better Call Saul” WILL begin filming in Q this Spring WITH Br Ba and Saul character creators, Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould once again at the helm.

More info. coming very soon! Including who else might be resurrected from their Bad past to also appear!

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Breaking Bad Still Rocking the Q

Posted by on November 13, 2013 | 2 comments

Seeking Saul Goodman in AlbuquerquePhoto courtesy of BreakingBadRVTours.com

IGN has a killer interview with the man who would be Saul Goodman; in it Bob Odenkirk talks his method and his vision for handling the fast approaching revival of Breaking Bad’s savvy, silly, and sometimes sinister criminal lawyer.

Word on the street in the Q is that whether standing-in for Nebraska or any place else, New Mexico will again be the backdrop and location of the upcoming spin-off series.

Speaking of Breaking Bad in the streets, OHI Reader R.W. writes:

“We want ed to come visit Albuquerque in December for our vacation and visit some of the BB sites. Is there anybody we can contact about this?”

Boy, is there ever! Here are some resources to check out before your visit:

In the meantime, here’s our friend Trixie ConQueso, NM performer extraordinaire – who just so happens to be tailor made to play busty blonde sidekick to Odenkirk’s Saul like no other could – with her rendition of what could be a helluva sexy theme song for the yet to be titled Saul Goodman show!

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Breaking Bad: And that’s a WRAP (sort of)

Posted by on March 19, 2013 | Comments Off on Breaking Bad: And that’s a WRAP (sort of)


Above, while walking the press line at the Tribute to Breaking Bad event held Saturday night at Albuquerque Studios in New Mexico, Bryan Cranston answered a wide array of inquiries ranging from his thoughts on New Mexico in general to this juicy tidbit on how he sees the journey of Walter White saying:

“My perspective on it is that every human being is fully capable of the wide spectrum of emotions, and even the meekest person among us is a dangerous person given the right set of circumstances and what happened to Walter White was just that. Certain, specific buttons were pushed at a very delicate fragile time in his life and he made decisions that he could not take back and he was on the road, he was on a spiral to hell.”

The Albuquerque Studios, Reelz Channel, YDI Tribute to Breaking Bad culminated in this meet & greet for contest winners and event sponsors, with select media and Albuquerque civic leaders in attendance. The cast mingled with the crowed, signed autographs and posed for photos with sponsors and winners alike. With sponsorship packages and ticket sales, organizers of the fundraiser for Youth Development Incorporated, were able to raise over $28,000 in just a few weeks time to benefit the local youth organization.

After the gang buster success of this, one of the many civic outreach events the production has undertaken in their six years at work here, there was another event held at an undisclosed location.

Though OHI has confirmed that Breaking Bad cameras are still rolling her in Albuquerque, at least for a few more hours, the closed door event turned out to be the show’s wrap party, where the tears and “bittersweet” sentiments that were already beginning to swell at the fundraiser flowed at full speed, as cast, crew, production staff, friends and family shared their parting words of reflection and gratitude.

In a speech addressing the crowed Bryan Cranston thanked AMC and Sony for having the courage to pick-up the show and said, “Even though Vince Gilligan didn’t set out to make a classic that’s exactly what happened. In years to come this show will stand the test of time and scrutiny.”

Telling everyone, “All of you here tonight can say proudly that we worked on breaking bad. Now it’s time to go, it’s time to wrap it up, fold-up our tents and move away but there’s one thing that will never leave us even though we’re leaving this experience and that is from here on for the rest of our lives we will be inexorably tied to each other as a one as a family and I for one am personally am overjoyed to have this opportunity to be w this family all of you, such fine human beings number one and artisans number 2 I love you all I will miss you all, God bless you and God bless you Mr. Vince Gilligan for giving us this opportunity!”

Hometown star Steven Michael Quezada said, “I’m very proud of New Mexico, I’m a New Mexican…the crews here, you have made us proud> We’re gonna do great things moving on in the future. I’d like to thank Mr. Vince Gillagan for giving us that, we are gonna learn from that and we’re gonna go forward and we’re gonna thrive and thank you Governor Martinez. Thank you for signing a bill that will help us…this cast here has changed New Mexico let’s learn from it and let’s move on, thank you very much.”

Anna Gunn too thanked AMC and Sony “for giving our little show about meth a home.” Then addressing her co-stars calling them, “the most generous gifted hilarious group of actors I have loved playing with you every minute and I have loved watching your brilliant work.”

And in a tremendous nod of support to those who crafted the show year after year, “Most of all I really just wanna pay homage to the most amazing crew top to bottom that I have ever worked with in my career. Everyday that I came to work I didn’t feel like I was coming to work, I felt like I was coming to make art, communally with a group of people that I adored and you all are artists. You are all crafts men and woman and you gave every ounce of yourselves with such passion and dedication through sandstorms and snowstorms and scorching heat and everything in between, and I was in awe of what you did and we really became a family.”

Lastly the native New Mexican added, “I have met some of the finest human beings and artists that I have ever come across in all my years working in this business and I feel so blessed because of that and I will be forever grateful for this experience so, Que Viva New Mexico and Que Viva Breaking Bad!”

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Better Call Saul a doctor!

Posted by on April 26, 2012 | Comments Off on Better Call Saul a doctor!

Photo by Mike Cee Carpenter

Fans know this pair as Gomez and Sual; the two Breaking bad stars, Steven Michael Quezada and Bob Odenkirk played to a packed house Tuesday night at a live taping of Quezada’s own TV talk-show, The After After Party.

Just what they played remains to be seen…But the Breaking Bad gang is locally known for really bringing it to their brother’s hometown stage. This is after all where Cranston transformed into White for season four and where he also let lose with his inner Panabaker…Click and scroll here for video.

Quezada released the stage pic saying, “If you don’t come to the AAP, you don’t know how rough some of these interviews can get.”

Get in on the next LIVE taping, Tuesday May 8. You never know who or what is going down at New Mexico’s number one spot for late, late night television.

The After After Party airs Saturday nights, right after Saturday Night Live on NBC here in New Mexico. Click here to find the show streaming online and for more broadcast times & channels.

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The After After Party Breaks Bad

Posted by on April 24, 2012 | Comments Off on The After After Party Breaks Bad

Steven Michael Quezada doesn’t waste any time – in the Breaking Bad off-season, or during! Between shooting a film in Roswell, writing and starring in his own television drama series and hosting duties on his long running late night tv talk show, The After After Party, he’s been busy filming the fifth and final season of Breaking Bad right here in the Q.

Now in its third season, The After After Party continues to showcase the finest LIVE entertainment in New Mexico! Tonight, host Steven Michael Quezada, and the whole After After Party crew, including the phenomenal house band, The James Douglas Show are proud to welcome some of SMQ’s Breaking Bad family to the stage!

From the show:

“BIG NEWS!!!! Bob Odenkirk will be our first guest on the AAP next Tuesday, he will be doing a one man sketch and interview! Also Stewart Lyons our favorite producer of Breaking Bad and many more….. Don’t miss out on all the fun people!”

…annnd now rumor has it that a certain “cook” will be making a special appearance in addition to all the amazing scheduled talent!

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Show starts promptly at 7. NO COVER, cash bar, FREE EPIC ENTERTAINMENT, what more could you ask for ‘Burque!

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Are you ready to break back into season five of Breaking Bad: Better Call Saul

Posted by on January 20, 2012 | Comments Off on Are you ready to break back into season five of Breaking Bad: Better Call Saul

DUI? Dealing Drugs? Better Call Saul!

Horribly offensive and vividly imaginative, so is the official website that boasts, NOT TOLL FREE, yet more civil liberties friendly than our own New Mexico area Department of Motor Vehicles, by way of offering an En Español, one stop shop for all things Saul Goodman.

Good man indeed!

The incorrigible Saul Goodman as played by the incomparable Bob Odenkirk, who you may also recognize from Roseanne, Joey, or Arrested Development (no, just me?) lends his goodness to his official working website.

The office webcam alone is a must see but every page, endorsement and philanthropic endeavor are beyond worth the price of admission (site access is toll free).

If you’re in the Q as we oft’ find ourselves, do yourself the service of calling Saul NOW:

505-503-4455

Because, whether you’re accepting blue meth in barter from Sessy Jesse, shoplifting from Zachary’s, or slipping on ice outside the window of a city building trying to sneak a peek at the Duke, Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry…Saul Goodman is at the ready to assist you.

From parking tickets to mass murder, if you’re Breaking Bad…Saul Goodman says, “I’ll turn that addiction into a prescription!”

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