With AMC's Breaking Bad ending its five-season run on Sunday night, fans may not have to wait too long for series creator Vince Gilligan's next project. CBS has issued a straight-to-series order for the writer-producer's Battle Creek. The network wouldn't confirm how many episodes it ordered, but insiders believe that CBS picked up 13 episodes.
The series is set in Battle Creek, Michigan, following two detectives with opposing world views. As they try to clean up the streets with dwindling resources, the partners try to decide if deception, cynicism and guile will serve them better than a naive sense of trust in the system.
Vince Gilligan actually created the series back in 2002, fresh off his stint as a writer on the popular Fox series The X-Files. The project was developed with Mark Johnson, who went on to serve as executive producer on Breaking Bad, although the network never issued a pilot order, which is ironic since the project has now skipped over the pilot stage completely.
House creator David Shore is serving as showrunner, and he will executive produce alongside Vince Gilligan and Mark Johnson. Vince Gilligan is also interested in directing the pilot episode, should his schedule allow it. Sony Pictures Television is producing alongside CBS TV Studios.
Vince Gilligan is also developing the Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul, a prequel to the series focusing on Bob Odenkirk's Saul Goodman before he ever met Walter White (Bryan Cranston). The news comes just days after Breaking Bad won Best Drama Series at The Emmy Awards on Sunday night.