The first look at Bob Odenkirk’s new show, straight man, arrived. Previously known for his comedy sketch series, Mr. Show with Bob and DavidOdenkirk debuted as sleazy lawyer Saul Goodman in breaking Bad season 2 and surprised audiences with his talent for dramatic acting combined with his signature comedic flair. After the character quickly became a fan favorite, showrunner Vince Gilligan decided to expand Saul’s role and before breaking Bad completed, he began developing an avocado-centric spin-off series.
Premiere on AMC in 2015, You better call Saul followed Odenkirk’s titular lawyer from humble beginnings as Jimmy McGill to the criminal lawyer who helped create Walter White’s meth empire in breaking Bad. During the manufacture of You better call Saul season 6, Odenkirk suffered a near-fatal heart attack. Fortunately, he was able to make a full recovery and resume filming five weeks later. The acclaimed prequel series aired its final episodes last August, cementing itself in the small pantheon of spin-off shows to match their predecessors. Earlier this year it was revealed that Odenkirk’s new show after You better call Saul straight manwas in development at AMC.
Now, AMC has released the first look at Odenkirk’s upcoming show after You better call Saul. By decision makerthe straight man footage reveals Odenkirk sporting a gray beard as William Henry Devereaux, Jr., the unlikely acting chairman of the English department at an underfunded college in Pennsylvania. The photos also show Hank’s wife, Lily, who is the vice principal of a local high school played by The slaughterit’s Mireille Enos. street of fearOlivia Scott Welch is also featured in another photo, who apparently plays Hank and Lily’s daughter on the show. Check out the first images below:
A straight man will be different better call Saul
Based on what was already known about the show and what these early images reveal, it seems straight man will be very different from You better call Saul. For starters, Odenkirk’s new show is based on Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Russo’s acclaimed novel of the same name, as opposed to breaking Bad and Better Saul which were originally written for the screen. Silicon Valleyis Aaron Zelman and Officeby Paul Lieberstein serve as showrunners with green paperPeter Farrelly and Odenkirk are also on board to direct.
The title itself, straight man, indicates that the main character of Odenkirk will behave much more ethically on the show as he goes through a midlife crisis, unlike his unscrupulous lawyer, Saul Goodman. The first look images also reveal Hank’s wife and daughter, indicating that the series will revolve more around family dynamics, which was never really the focus of Saul’s story during his short-lived marriage to Kim Wexler. Despite the differences between the two series, straight manAs You better call Saulseems like another AMC series focused on character depth and sensibilities.