Vince Gilligan’s First Post-‘Breaking Bad’ Project Is A CBS Drama That Was Rejected In 2002

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09.26.13 15 Comments

CBS was once asked if they were in the money business or developing shows by Chuck Lorre business. Neither. They’re in the returning to old ideas because the guy who pitched them a decade ago wasn’t nearly as famous and in-demand as he is now business. Also, the money business and developing shows by Chuck Lorre business.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, a 2002 drama spec from Vince Gilligan has been granted a series production order for the 2014-2015 season, so now your grandmother will know what “The Bad Breaking” is.

[Battle Creek], which was first developed at CBS in 2002, centers on two detectives with very different world views who are teamed up. Together, they must answer the question: Are cynicism, guile and deception enough to clean up the semi-mean streets of Battle Creek, Michigan, in the face of a complete lack of resources, or is the exact opposite true — it takes naïveté, trust and a boatload of resources?

Gilligan has expressed interest in directing the effort, assuming his schedule will allow it. House creator David Shore, who is under a rich overall deal at Sony, is attached to join Gilligan as a writer and executive producer as well as serve as Battle Creek’s showrunner. Shore is taking a pass at updating the pilot script, which is more than a decade old. Multiple sources close to the project say CBS has made a 13-episode commitment, a commentary on the strength of the project as well as its powerhouse auspices. (Via)

Between this still-untitled show and Dean Norris on Under the Dome, CBS is becoming a Breaking Bad retirement home. Todd even has a great idea for a Kid Nation revival, with “a Hunger Games spin.”

(via Getty Image) (Via Hollywood Reporter)

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