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Breaking Bad Creator Writing Cop Drama 'Battle Creek'

September 26, 2013

John Plunkett,

Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan will team up with David Shore, the writer behind House, for his next project, a detective drama called Battle Creek.

It will be Gilligan's second series post-Breaking Bad; he is also working on spin-off series Better Call Saul, featuring the show's sleazy lawyer, Saul Goodman.

Battle Creek was first developed by The X Files veteran Gilligan a decade ago, before Breaking Bad elevated him to the Hollywood top table.

He is making a 13-part series for CBS, the network for whom he previously developed it in 2002. It is expected to broadcast in 2014.

Battle Creek tells the story of two detectives in the Michigan town of the same name who have contrasting approaches to law enforcement to do it by the book, or by whatever means necessary.

The series will be made by Sony TV and CBS TV studios, with Shore showrunning and Gilligan reportedly interested in directing.

Breaking Bad won the best drama prize at the Emmys on Sunday, with Anna Gunn, who plays Walter White's wife Skyler, winning the outstanding supporting actress prize.

The eagerly anticipated final episode will air in the US on Sunday and will be available in the UK on Netflix from 9am on Monday.

Shore worked on NYPD Blue and Due South before creating medical drama House, starring Hugh Laurie, which ran for eight series between 2004 and 2012.

It is understood Shore signed a three-year deal with Sony after he finished House to develop his next project.

(c) 2013 Guardian Newspapers Limited.

Original headline: Breaking Bad's Vince Gilligan writing new detective drama Battle Creek

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Source: (c) 2013 Guardian Newspapers Limited.

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