The creator of “Breaking Bad” has landed a new series at CBS — one that’s based on an old idea of his.
The network has given a series commitment to “Battle Creek,” a show Vince Gilligan first developed for CBS more than a decade ago. At the time, he was coming off “The X-Files” and its spinoff “The Lone Gunmen” and was six years away from getting “Breaking Bad” on the air at AMC.
Gilligan will be joined on “Battle Creek” by “House” creator David Shore, who has a deal with the show’s producer, Sony Pictures TV. Shore will serve as the showrunner, while Gilligan may direct the pilot.
“Battle Creek” centers on two police detectives in Battle Creek, Mich. — one a naive idealist and the other a hardened cynic. It has a 13-episode commitment for 2014-15 based on Gilligan’s and Shore’s track records of late.
The series order for “Battle Creek” caps a pretty good couple of weeks for Gilligan. “Breaking Bad” won the Emmy for best drama series on Sunday (Sept. 22), a week ahead of its series finale. Gilligan and “Bad” writer-producer Peter Gould also recently secured a series pickup for “Better Call Saul,” a “Breaking Bad” spinoff centered on Bob Odenkirk‘s character, from AMC.