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‘Better Call Saul’ begins filming season 5 in ABQ

Rhea Seehorn as Kim Wexler during filming of season four of “Better Call Saul.” (Nicole Wilder/AMC/Sony Pictures Television)

Copyright © 2019 Albuquerque Journal

Saul is back for season five.

“Better Call Saul,” the critically acclaimed show, is beginning principal photography this month in Albuquerque.

“The fact that Sony Pictures and ‘Better Call Saul’ are filming for a fifth season in New Mexico is a tribute to our professional crews, our climate and our new package of incentives, which make New Mexico the best in the country for this industry,” said Alicia J. Keyes, New Mexico economic development secretary. “We welcome them back.”

“Better Call Saul” is a “Breaking Bad” prequel, focusing on the evolution of the popular Saul Goodman before he became Walter White’s lawyer. The series has been nominated for dozens of Emmy Awards over the course of its four-season run. In season four, the series averaged around 1.5 million viewers.

Twitter capture from Rhea Seehorn.

On Saturday, Rhea Seehorn, who plays Kim Wexler, posted on Twitter “Let’s do this!!!! Season 5 @BetterCallSaul, let the shooting begin!!!” along with a photo of her arriving at the Albuquerque International Sunport.

“Better Call Saul” is executive-produced by Peter Gould, Vince Gilligan, Mark Johnson, Melissa Bernstein and Thomas Schnauz.

A Sony Pictures Television production and created by Gilligan and Gould, the series stars Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, Seehorn, Patrick Fabian, Michael Mando and Giancarlo Esposito.

According to the New Mexico Film Office, the production will employ approximately 375 New Mexico crew members, 200 New Mexico actors and 500 New Mexico background talent workers.

Stand-in and background casting has begun through White Turtle Casting. More information can be found by emailing extras@whiteturtlecasting.com.

The series films on location around Albuquerque and is housed at Albuquerque Studios.

“Albuquerque itself is one of the characters in ‘Better Call Saul,’ and we welcome the show back for season five,” Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller said. “Productions like these give our city a boost and employ hundreds of talented Burqueños.”

From left, “Better Call Saul” executive producers Peter Gould and Bob Odenkirk as Jimmy McGill behind the scenes during season four of the series. (Nicole Wilder/Amc/Sony Pictures Television)

In the fourth season of “Better Call Saul,” Jimmy McGill, played by Odenkirk, was reinstated as a lawyer and his change into Saul Goodman was foreshadowed.

According to AMC, the fifth season won’t air until 2020.

“Breaking Bad” premiered in January 2008 and ran for five seasons, eventually ending with its finale on Sept. 29, 2013. During its run, the series became a pop culture juggernaut and its ratings continually rose. The final episode of the series was seen by more than 10 million viewers.

It told the story of Walter White, a struggling high school chemistry teacher who is diagnosed with advanced lung cancer at the beginning of the series.

White, played by Bryan Cranston, turns to a life of crime, producing and selling methamphetamine with a former student, Jesse Pinkman, played by Aaron Paul, with the aim of securing his family’s financial future before he dies.

The series brought worldwide notoriety to Albuquerque. A tour of filming sites is still given, and merchandise is still sold around the city.

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