‘Saul’ returns to Duke City for season two

Bob Odenkirk as Saul Goodman in the first episode of “Better Call Saul.” (Ursula Coyote/AMC)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Saul Goodman is back in New Mexico for a second season.

Production for the hit AMC series “Better Call Saul” has begun in Albuquerque.

The show is a prequel to “Breaking Bad,” which follows lawyer Jimmy McGill, played by Bob Odenkirk, into his transformation to Saul Goodman.

The season premiere of “Better Call Saul” debuted with 6.9 million viewers on Feb. 8. The series maintained 2 million to 3 million viewers for the rest of the season. The season finale pulled in 2.53 million viewers on April 6, which was a million more than “Breaking Bad” pulled in its inaugural season.

The series is produced by Sony Pictures Television. Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould serve as producers for the show.

“What could be better than having Sony and AMC bring ‘Better Call Saul’ back to Albuquerque, hiring our local crew and vendors?” Mayor Richard Berry asked.

According to the New Mexico Film Office, the production will employ at least 75 to 90 New Mexico crew members. It is being housed at Albuquerque Studios.

Each episode, which takes eight days to shoot, brings in direct local spending of $1 million.

“We welcome this incredible production team back for a second season,” said Nick Maniatis, director of the New Mexico Film Office. “They have proven to be excellent partners with the city of Albuquerque and the state of New Mexico.”

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