AMC Networks has called for a third season of Better Call Saul from Sony Pictures Television. The network and studio said Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould will be back as co-showrunners for 10 more episodes of the noirish comedy drama, a prequel to Breaking Bad that stars Bob Odenkirk as the man who will become "criminal" lawyer Saul Goodman. The ensemble also includes Jonathan Banks (reprising his role as Mike Ehrmentraut, the "fixer" in Breaking Bad), Michael McKean and Rhea Seehorn.
Thus far in season two -- in which Odenkirk, as Jimmy McGill, tries to adapt to becoming a lawyer at a straight-laced firm in Santa Fe, N.M., while suppressing his natural con-man tendencies -- Saul has averaged 4.4 million viewers per episode over three days' viewing, including 2.7 million adults ages 25-54 and 2.5 million adults ages 18-49, AMC said. That ranks among the top current cable primetime dramas, though it's below the full-season average of 5.9 million viewers set in season one. Saul also received seven Emmy nominations in 2015.
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