‘Breaking Bad’ Creator Launching New Cop Drama ‘Battle Creek’: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Battle Creek TV Show, New Cop Show Vince Gilligan, House Writer and Breaking Bad Writer Vince Gilligan


Those of you preparing to enter perpetual state of morning starting September 29 when Breaking Bad ends its run, fear not, show creator Vince Gilligan has another trick up his sleeve. He’s creating a new cop drama for CBS called Battle Creek, reports The Guardian.

Here’s what you need to know:

1. This is Gilligan’s Second Post-Breaking Bad Project

Gilligan is teaming up with House writer David Shore for the project. Gilligan is also signed up to work on the Breaking Bad spin-off, Better Call Saul, which follows the exploits of sleazy lawyer, Saul Goodman.

2. Battle Creek Has Been in the Works Since 2002

Battle Creek TV Show, New Cop Show Vince Gilligan, House Writer and Breaking Bad Writer Vince Gilligan


Battle Creek has been in development hell for the past 10 years, long before Breaking Bad. CBS first OK’d the series in 2002, and it will finally make its debut on the network in 2014 for a 13 episode run.

3. It Sounds Like a Pretty Run-of-the-Mill Cop Show

Knowing Gilligan, however, I’m sure there’s another twist to the premise. The show will follow two detectives in the town of Battle Creek, Michigan, who have different methods to enforcing the law. One is a by-the-book type while the other will take a more old-school approach.

4. This Time, Gilligan Will Be Directing

Gilligan will helm as director with David Shore entering as show-runner, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The drama will be a collaborative effort between Sony TV and CBS.

5. Breaking Bad Ends This Weekend

Gilligan’s Breaking Bad had a pretty decent night out at the Emmys on September 22, with the show picking up the award for best drama, with Anna Gunn, picking up a prize for outstanding supporting actress. But there was outrage online as the show’s two leading men, Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul, were overlooked for awards.

Shore has been a TV mainstay for the past two decades. His first notable work was on hit cop drama, NYPD Blue before working the hugely lauded House in 2004 until the show finished its run in 2012. When House concluded, it’s reported that Shore signed a three-year-deal with Sony to develop another project.

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