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FILE - This July 24, 2013 file photo shows former cast member Jonathan Banks, left, and current cast member Bob Odenkirk, from "Breaking Bad," on the red carpet at a premiere screening to celebrate the final episodes in Los Angeles. AMC and Sony Pictures Television on Wednesday confirmed that Odenkirk, who plays Saul Goodman, will star in a one-hour prequel tentatively titled "Better Call Saul." Breaking Bad" concludes its much-acclaimed five-season run on Sept. 29. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

The "Breaking Bad" spinoff is a go.

AMC and Sony Pictures Television confirmed today that they have reached a licensing agreement for a drama pegged to Saul Goodman, the shady lawyer played by Bob Odenkirk.

Titled "Better Call Saul," the one-hour drama will feature Odenkirk as Goodman in a prequel to "Breaking Bad." It will focus on Goodman before he became the lawyer for chemistry-teacher-turned-drug lord Walter White.

The news doesn't come as a major surprise. During the TV critics summer press tour, "Breaking Bad" creator Vince Gilligan spoke of his desire to spin off a show around the humorous Saul Goodman character.

"Breaking Bad" airs its series finale on AMC Sept. 29.

This image released by AMC shows Bob Odenkirk in a scene from the final season of "Breaking Bad." AMC and Sony Pictures Television on Wednesday,
This image released by AMC shows Bob Odenkirk in a scene from the final season of "Breaking Bad." AMC and Sony Pictures Television on Wednesday, Sept. 11, confirmed that Odenkirk, who plays Saul Goodman, will star in a one-hour prequel tentatively titled "Better Call Saul." Breaking Bad" concludes its much-acclaimed five-season run on Sept. 29. (AP Photo/AMC, Ursula Coyote) ( Ursula Coyote )

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