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CBS Greenlights New
Series From BREAKING BAD
Mastermind Vince Gilligan!!

Published at: Sept. 26, 2013, 2:49 p.m. CST

I am – Hercules!!

Of course it’s CBS, so the network’s new Vince Gilligan series, “Battle Creek,” is a cop show.

Gilligan wrote its pilot for CBS a decade ago, but the project failed at the time to advance to the pilot stage.

The pilot will be re-written and likely directed by Gilligan, though the post-pilot showrunner will be “House” mastermind David Shore. (Gilligan will presumably be busy doing other things, including overseeing AMC’s just-greenlit “Breaking Bad” prequel series “Better Call Saul.”)

Under the new deal, CBS is contractually obliged to air all 13 first-season episodes of “Battle Creek” beginning next autumn.

The Times has the premise:

“Battle Creek” is a drama about two detectives in Battle Creek, Mich. One is a trusting naïf, the other a cynic who relies on guile and deception. They find themselves in competition with an F.B.I. agent whom they see as the epitome of a crime-fighter, though he is far from that.

Sunday’s penultimate episode of “Breaking Bad” was the most watched episode of the series ever. How it compared to other Sunday night shows:

Sundays Aug. 11-Sept. 22, 2013
(Adults 18-49; repeats in gray; older weeks in parentheses)
6.9 (8.4)(10.0) (---) (2.7) (---) (---) NFL NBC
6.1 (9.1) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) NFL CBS
4.9 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Emmys
3.4 (3.2) (2.6) (2.2) (2.5) (2.4) (2.9) Breaking Bad
1.3 (1.0) (1.1) (---) (1.1) (0.9) (0.9) Dexter
1.3 (1.2) (2.9) (1.0) (1.3) (---) (---) The Simpsons
1.2 (1.0) (1.8) (0.8) (1.0) (---) (---) Bob’s Burgers
1.2 (1.5) (1.7) (1.1) (1.3) (---) (0.9) Family Guy
1.1 (0.6) (---) (0.5) (---) (---) (---) American Dad
1.1 (0.9) (0.8) (---) (0.9) (0.9) (0.9) Devious Maids
1.0 (1.1) (1.0) (0.8) (1.1) (1.1) (1.1) Real Housewives NJ
0.9 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Dads
0.9 (0.8) (0.7) (---) (0.9) (1.0) (0.5) Mountain Men
0.8 (0.9) (0.9) (---) (1.1) (0.9) (0.8) AFH Videos
0.8 (0.8) (0.6) (0.7) (0.8) (0.7) (0.9) Breaking Amish
0.8 (0.9) (---) (1.5) (---) (1.2) (1.4) NASCAR
0.8 (0.9) (0.8) (0.7) (1.0) (0.9) (0.8) Sister Wives
0.7 (0.9) (0.9) (---) (---) (---) (---) Boardwalk Empire
0.6 (0.5) (0.6) (0.5) (0.6) (0.8) (0.7) Cutthroat Kitchen
0.6 (0.5) (0.6) (0.6) (0.5) (0.6) (---) Food Truck Race
0.6 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Once Upon A Time
0.6 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Revenge
0.5 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Austin & Ally
0.5 (0.5) (0.6) (0.6) (0.5) (0.8) (0.7) Bad Ink
0.5 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) E! Red Carpet
0.5 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Liv & Maddie
0.5 (---) (0.4) (0.4) (---) (0.5) (1.1) Low Winter Sun
0.5 (0.4) (0.4) (---) (0.5) (0.5) (0.5) Ray Donovan
0.5 (0.5) (0.5) (---) (---) (0.5) (0.5) Talking Bad
0.4 (0.3) (0.3) (0.4) (---) (---) (---) HH Renovation
0.4 (0.6) (0.5) (---) (---) (---) (---) Rachael Vs. Guy
0.4 (0.3) (---) (---) (---) (---) (0.4) Watch What Happens
0.3 (0.3) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Extreme Homes

Find all of Bill Carter’s New York Times story on the matter here.

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