Vince Gilligan on ‘Better Call Saul’ Emmy chances and his advice for ‘The X-Files’ reboot [WATCH]

“Oh, don’t jinx us!” Vince Gilligan recently joked to Gold Derby about “Better Call Saul’s” Emmy chances while on the red carpet of the AFI tribute to Diane Keaton. “We are so lucky that we have been in the running these past two seasons, and I gotta tell you I think Season 3 is our best season yet,” Gilligan continued about his AMC series that’s a spinoff of Emmy darling “Breaking Bad,” for which Gilligan won back-to-back producing Emmys for Best Drama Series (2013-2014). Watch our exclusive Vince Gilligan interview above.

“I could not be more proud or happy with the season this year, and [co-creator] Peter Gould and the writers are doing such a great job,” Gilligan said about Season 3, which just concluded Monday night on AMC. “I’ve stepped away a little bit, and so it is with some feeling of regret and sheepishness that I have to report that they’re doing better without me than they did with me.”

Speaking about the show’s heralded cast, Gilligan noted, “It would be a wonderful thing to have Bob Odenkirk on that Emmy stage with a big trophy in his hand. It would be wonderful to see Michael McKean up there, who deserves it so much. All of our actors — Rhea Seehorn, Jonathan Banks, Giancarlo Esposito, Patrick Fabian, Michael Mando — we have such a wonderful cast.” So far lead actor Odenkirk and supporting player Banks represent the show’s only acting nominees, so fans are hoping Emmy voters spread the wealth this year.

When we asked Gilligan what advice he would give to his former boss Chris Carter about the upcoming “The X-Files” reboot, Gilligan declared, “He’s really one of my mentors in the business. I wouldn’t be in TV if it wasn’t for Chris Carter and I wouldn’t have been able to do ‘Breaking Bad’ if not for what I learned on ‘The X-Files.’ If I was gonna give any [advice] it would be just keep doing what you’ve been doing, making great TV.” Gilligan then added, “Actually, I’d like to see Eddie Van Blundht back. Yeah, that’d be good advice!”

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