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Vince Gilligan Discusses His Upcoming 'Community' Appearance

"Everybody in their heart of hearts wishes they could be Errol Flynn or Harrison Ford, swashbuckling away in a big movie. I always knew I couldn’t act and I couldn’t sing, so I never really tried either. But out of the blue, Dan Harmon called up and said, would you like to do a guest shot on Community? And it was irresistible. I couldn’t say no."

- Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan to The NY Times about his on-camera role in this Thursday's episode of Community, which will be his acting debut.

Vince Gilligan Held a Live Reading of His Unproduced Comedy About Racism with Will Ferrell

Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan held a live reading of his long-unproduced feature script 2 Face yesterday at the Austin Film Festival with Will Ferrell, Thomas Haden Church, Linda Cardellini, and Breaking Bad's Giancarlo Esposito all participating. A comedy about racism originally written by Gilligan at the age of 23 in 1990, THR describes it as "a cross between Harvey and Blazing Saddles" that features use of the n-word and plenty of other slurs.

Will Ferrell read the part of the movie's lead character, a schizophrenic guy who, by day, is a terrible racist, and by night, a nice guy named Rodeo Bob who's very liberal and not racist. The supporting [...]

Bob Odenkirk's Saul Goodman 'Breaking Bad' Spinoff Is Moving "Full Speed Ahead"

Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan has said in the past that he likes the idea of doing a spinoff for Bob Odenkirk's fan-favorite Saul Goodman character, and he's only getting more serious-sounding about the idea being something that actually might happen. In an interview with The Wrap, he said that he and writer Peter Gould are already working on the idea: All my writers are wonderful writers. And they're all ready to run their own shows. In this particular case, since Peter created the character, it felt more than right to be working with him on this, and we are plugging away coming up with a pitch and [...]

Vince Gilligan and the Dark Comedy of 'Breaking Bad'

In a podcast interview earlier this year, Vince Gilligan described comedy and drama as "two muscles in the same arm." Few creators working in television have better coordination of those two muscles than Gilligan himself. His AMC drama Breaking Bad, which follows the bloody transformation of suburban science teacher Walter White (Bryan Cranston) into a meth dealer and starts its final season Sunday, shifts between comedy and drama so drastically — and yet so seamlessly — I've often found myself watching it as emotionally disoriented as a tearful Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) with a gun to Gale's head. Depending on what angle you're watching it from, Breaking Bad is [...]

Vince Gilligan Says He Wants Mike Ehrmantraut to Appear on 'Better Call Saul'

It's still up in the air whether Vince Gilligan's Bob Odenkirk-centric Breaking Bad spinoff Better Call Saul is a prequel, sequel, or takes place during the time frame of its predecessor, but Gilligan tells EW that he wants Jonathan Banks to potentially reprise his role of Mike Ehrmantraut on the new show.

When asked if he wants any Breaking Bad character to pop up or have an extended role on Saul, Gilligan replied:

The character that springs to mind would be Mike. That would be a great deal of fun. I would say the sky’s the limit, at least theoretically speaking. Realistically speaking, we’ve got a whole lot [...]

Watch Stephen Colbert's Post-'Breaking Bad' Interview with Vince Gilligan

Here's Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan returning to The Colbert Report for one of his first post-Breaking Bad interviews. It's pretty rare to see Colbert do an interview out of character with genuine questions to boot, but that's just how much of a fan of Gilligan's series he is. Oh, and their conversation about the finale contains a couple spoilers.

Vince Gilligan Says a Saul Goodman 'Breaking Bad' Spin-Off Is "Indeed Worth Doing"

With Breaking Bad set to end its run this summer, we previously reported that creator Vince Gilligan and writer/producer Peter Gould are developing a comedy spin-off based around Bob Odenkirk's slimeball lawyer Saul Goodman. In an interview with Empire out today, Gilligan spoke at length about a Saul Goodman spin-off, saying that he'd like to see it happen but that it probably won't live up to the hype of Breaking Bad. Here's everything Vince Gilligan said about the project today:

Well, you never assume lightning is going to strike twice. Having said that, I think a Saul Goodman show would be a great deal of fun, and [...]

Vince Gilligan Would Love to See a Saul Goodman 'Breaking Bad' Spin-Off (Join the Club)

Bob Odenkirk's Saul Goodman is one the best characters on television like ever and it seems like Breaking Bad's creator Vince Gilligan understands that. "I would love to see a Saul Goodman spin-off show when it’s all said and done,” Gilligan told Entertainment Weekly. He continued:

 “I think that would present itself pretty nicely, storywise. While Breaking Bad is by design a show that is finite and limited in its scope — it’s a story of transformation that cannot go on forever — I think a Saul Goodman show could have great legs. I love the idea of a lawyer who will do anything to avoid going to court. [...]

Vince Gilligan to Make His Acting Debut on an Episode of 'Community'

Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan is set to try his hand at comedic acting. He'll be guest starring in an upcoming episode of Community, according to EW. Gilligan will be playing a "smooth-talking gold digger" who winds up in the middle of a fight between Annie and Abed. The episode is being filmed this week and will air as a part of the show's upcoming fifth season, which sees the return of showrunner/creator Dan Harmon and kicks off on January 2nd, 2014.

Breaking Bad regular Jonathan Banks, who played Mike Ehrmantraut on that series, will also be guest starring on Community during its new season. He'll be [...]

Before 'Breaking Bad', Vince Gilligan Wrote Will Ferrell Movies and Other Comedies

"A lot of people would probably disagree with me, but I see our series as kind of a comedy," creator Vince Gilligan said about Breaking Bad during the show's first season. "It's got a lot of humor to it, and that's on purpose. Whenever we can believably add humor to the episode, I'm all for it."

Sure, Breaking Bad has evolved a ton since its first season, when it was a drama with a high amount of dark comedy. As grim and serious as the show has become in its final episodes, it still contains a fair amount of comic relief (a lot of it from Bob Odenkirk) [...]

The Lost Roles of Will Ferrell

It’s hard to imagine SNL ever being canceled, but a few times throughout the long-running sketch show’s history, it’s come close to demise. There have been several points in Saturday Night Live’s history where it’s been on the chopping block (1980, 1981, 1985), but the most recent time the iconic comedies series stared down the specter of cancellation was 1995, the biggest transitional moment the show has faced in over 20 years. At the end of the 1994-95 season, Chris Farley and Adam Sandler – both well-regarded and talented performers – had led the show into a creative doldrums, resulting in a scathing New York magazine piece.

Luckily [...]