‘Better Call Saul’ gets fourth season

AMC’s “Better Call Saul,” was renewed for a fourth season. (Courtesy of Robert Trachtenberg/AMC/Sony Pictures Television)

Saul and crew will be back – for a fourth season.

The critically acclaimed drama “Better Call Saul” was renewed for another season by AMC on Tuesday.

The “Breaking Bad” prequel recently concluded its third season on AMC as the third-highest-rated drama on cable among adults ages 25 to 54.

The third season averaged 3.6 million viewers per episode, up nearly 2 million viewers, or nearly double the audience of previous seasons.

“Rolling Stone magazine recently declared ‘Better Call Saul’ one of the best dramas on TV,” says Nick Maniatis, New Mexico Film Office director. “Being picked up for a fourth season on AMC is a well-deserved testament to the creators of the show, to Sony (Pictures) Television, and to the talented cast and crew that have made it successful.”

Production for the third season began in October 2016 at Albuquerque Studios.

According to the New Mexico Film Office, “Better Call Saul” employed nearly 90 New Mexico crew members.

It takes about eight days to film an episode, and Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry has said the direct spending into the local economy is $1 million per episode.

“Supporting artists we respect and admire; delivering truly outstanding character development and nuanced dramatic twists and turns; continuing a legacy of bold creative choices; loving writing that is the best in the business: Truly, ‘S’all good, man'” says Charlie Collier, president of AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios. “Congratulations to Vince, Peter, Bob and everyone involved with ‘Better Call Saul.’ Bring on season four!”

According to AMC, “Better Call Saul” will return to the network with 10 new episodes in 2018. There is no date set on the fourth season production.

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A behind-the-scenes look at Jonathan Banks, who plays Mike Ehrmantraut on “Better Call Saul.” (Courtesy of Michael K. Short/AMC/Sony Pictures Television)

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