As Breaking Bad comes to a close, creator Vince Gilligan has already locked in his next project. THR has reported that CBS has granted Battle Creek a series production order for the 2014-15 season.
The show will follow two detectives “with different world views” that are teamed up. They are placed on path to clean up the semi-mean streets of Battle Creek, Michigan. But a lack of resources means that they may have to rely on cynicism, guile and deception to make a difference.
David Shore, creator of House, is set to co-write the show with Gilligan and will also be serving as executive producer. Shore is said to be having a crack at re-writing the show’s pilot episode, which was written around ten years ago.
CBS passed on Battle Creek around ten years ago and the show never managed to get picked up. Of course, the success of Gilligan’s Breaking Bad changed all that. The fact that he just won an Emmy award for his efforts most probably topped off all the reasons CBS needed to re-consider there previous decision.
Sources say that Battle Creek’s first season will run for 13 episodes. A straight-to-series order means that Gilligan and Co. don’t have to submit a pilot for review, so production can proceed directly to the first season of the show.
Assuming his schedule will allow it, Vince Gilligan has expressed his desire to direct certain episodes.