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Production on final season of ‘Better Call Saul’ to start in NM in March

Bob Odenkirk as Jimmy McGill in a scene from “Better Call Saul.” (Greg Lewis/AMC/Sony Pictures Television)

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“Better Call Saul” has called New Mexico home since 2015.

The series will begin production on its sixth and final season beginning in March.

According to White Turtle Casting, production will begin in the second week of March and the agency is looking for stand-ins for the series.

Pre-production is currently underway, and the crew is being quarantined and tested for the upcoming start.

“Better Call Saul” is the prequel spinoff to the hugely successful series “Breaking Bad.”

Fans have been anticipating the final season to see the transition of Jimmy McGill into Saul Goodman.

Production was originally set for March 2020, but was moved due to the pandemic. There will be 13 episodes in the final season, though no air date has been confirmed.

The series has also had an impact on New Mexico communities – specifically higher education film and media programs.

Because the production is based in New Mexico, it participates in the New Mexico Film Office Giveback Program.

The purpose of the program is to strengthen New Mexico’s film schools and related fields, thereby supporting growth of the film industry workforce in New Mexico.

In February, the production gave $80,000 to five film programs across the state.

Production is set to begin on the final season of “Better Call Saul.” Seen in the picture is production on season five. (Greg Lewis/AMC/Sony Pictures Television)

Since it began filming in 2015, the production has given $177,696 to New Mexico film programs.

“The ‘Breaking Bad’ and ‘Better Call Saul’ productions have done so much for the New Mexico film industry and their contributions go beyond what most even talk about, such as this funding to our Giveback Program,” said Amber Dodson, state Film Office director. “These financial contributions have a positive and wide-reaching impact, and are an important long-term investment in New Mexico’s film industry. Programs like this are key to supporting continued efforts to expand our world-class crew and provide students who attend New Mexico film schools with the equipment they need to receive a quality education.”

The five programs receiving money are: Northern New Mexico College Film Program, New Mexico State University-Grants Campus, University of New Mexico-Taos Campus, New Mexico State University-Doña Ana Community College, and New Mexico Highlands University.

The Digital Media Arts program at UNM-Taos has five instructors and over 100 students.

“These funds from productions shot in New Mexico allow us to equip our studio with state-of-the-art gear and help us grow the next generation of media makers,” said Peter Walker, program coordinator, Digital Media Arts Program, UNM-Taos. “Our goal is for our graduates to remain in New Mexico and utilize their skills as they become crew members for the New Mexico film and television industry.”

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