‘Breaking Bad’ lawyer returns on ‘Better Call Saul’

Don’t make any plans for Feb. 8-9, that is if you know what’s good for you. And, believe me, he’s going to convince you that he knows what’s good for you.

Saul Goodman will be back with his own television show, “Better Call Saul,” on AMC. (Remember Saul was the shyster criminal lawyer who kept Walter White and a bunch of other miscreants out of the pokey on “Breaking Bad”? Bob Odenkirk plays Saul in this prequel in which see him before he’s adopted the name of Saul Goodman and is still plain ol‘ Jimmy McGill.

The show will take place six years before Walter White’s apotheosis. It’s created by Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, authors of “Breaking Bad.” Gould, who introduced Saul, says he was nervous when the character first showed up.

“I was so worried that somehow we were going to break open the ‘Breaking Bad’ universe, and he wouldn’t quite fit. He’d be this puzzle piece that didn’t quite fit. And Vince knew that he had a vision for this universe that I guess none of us completely encompassed, and lo and behold, this weird puzzle piece of Saul Goodman – who is this slippery lawyer in the crazy suits in the crazy office – he fit!

“And he made the drama more dramatic and the comedy more comedy-esque, if that’s a word. So that was what it was really about. I think in a lot of ways, Saul Goodman was about solving a problem, but it was also so much fun to write a character who was this slippery and loquacious and where we had Walt White who, especially as we kept on writing him, he got deeper and heavier and, of course, Bryan (Cranston) was always very funny also. But there was a heaviness to Walter White, a depth.

“And here we had this other character who was kind of skidding over the top of the waves in the scene, and for some reason, it seemed to work.”