‘Better Call Saul’ gets season 4 renewal as Emmys consider season 3

Better Call Saul” will be back for a fourth season next year. AMC confirmed on Tuesday (June 27) that it was renewing this critically acclaimed prequel to “Breaking Bad” just eight days after it finished its third season run of 10 episodes. In this ratings hit, Bob Odenkirk reprises his role of a crooked lawyer from that two-time Emmy winner for Best Drama Series.

However, as this new legal drama takes place before the events depicted in “Breaking Bad,” it is before his character has assumed the new identity of Saul Goodman. Rather, he is still referred to by his real name, Jimmy McGill. Part of the pleasure of watching “Better Call Saul” is anticipating what it will be that he does that leads to his downfall.

“Better Call Saul” may be a sequel but it has proven to be the equal of “Breaking Bad.” Each of the first two seasons has contended for Best Drama Series at the Emmys. And with the third season meriting a MetaCritic score of 90, it is predicted to easily reap another bid this year and could well win.

Odenkirk has been in the running for Best Drama Actor for two years in a row and should be back in the hunt this year as well. He has also contended twice at the Globes and once at the SAG Awards. Among the scene-stealing supporting cast we expect Jonathan Banks, Michael McKean and Rhea Seehorn to all figure in this year’s nominations as well.

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