CBS Orders ‘Battle Creek,’ A New Detective Drama From Vince Gilligan

By Will Ashton


The final episode of Breaking Bad is airing this Sunday, but it appears that its primary figures are finding work elsewhere. Bryan Cranston will be playing Dalton Trumbo in an upcoming biopic, while the trailer for Aaron Paul’s Need for Speed just debuted this morning.

Now, the Hollywood Reporter reveals that the show’s creator, Vince Gilligan, in addition to the show’s spin-off, Better Call Saul, will be making a new show, Battle Creek, for CBS, as the station has ordered a detective drama from Gilligan. They have ordered the show straight-to-series.

Gilligan will be a writer and an executive producer on the show. Gilligan initially wrote the spec for Battle Creek back in 2002 for CBS, but the station ultimately passed on it. The show centers on two detectives who posses very different world views, but they must team up in order to “answer the question: is cynicism, guile and deception enough to clean up the semi-mean streets of Battle Creek Michigan in the face of a lack of resources, or will naivete and trust get the job done?”

In addition to writing and executive producing, Gilligan is also interested in directing the pilot. He will not be acting as the show-runner, however, as David Shore, the creator of House, will be handling those duties. Breaking Bad executive producer Mark Johnson will also be executive producing this show.


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