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'Breaking Bad' success gives hope to state for next big NM show, 'Better Call Saul'

Updated: 08/26/2014 5:35 PM | Created: 08/26/2014 4:57 PM
By: Stuart Dyson, KOB Eyewitness News 4

New Mexico's world famous TV series "Breaking Bad" won five Emmy awards Monday night for its fifth and final season, with three of the show's main players paying tribute to the state's growing cadre of TV and film technicians. It certainly can't hurt New Mexico's ongoing effort to lure more and more shows and movies here.

Industry people certainly sit up and pay attention when a guy like "Breaking Bad" creator Vince Gilligan refers to "the best damn crew ever in Albuquerque, New Mexico!" Best Actor Brian Cranston backed it up with a vote of gratitude to the "wonderful crew that we have in New Mexico" and Best Supporting Actress Anna Gunn chimed in praise for "our amazing crew back in New Mexico."

"It really is a testament to those folks that worked on that show," said Nick Maniatis, who heads the New Mexico Film Office and actively recruits productions to shoot here. "The actors and Mr. Gilligan have been very gracious, and I really believe that they take New Mexico as a second home."

Of course, for Anna Gunn it's a first home. She was born and raised in Santa Fe.

Then there's that sleazy lawyer, Saul Goodman. Who he really is and where he's from will be two questions answered in "Better Call Saul", a spinoff series featuring Saul's adventures before he ever met Walter and Jesse in "Breaking Bad" – and like hat show, it is both shot and set in Albuquerque.

"'Better Call Saul' has many of the same folks working on it, so you hope for them," Maniatis said. "We're just proud that they're here and creating jobs for New Mexicans. That's really the big bonus for us."

"Better Call Saul" launches in February on AMC.


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