View Finder: Better Call *10# in August

Posted: 4 June 2018 8:31 am

Slippin' Jimmy returns for season 4 in August and justice prevails as more shows are saved an early death and others bite the dust.

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While Breaking Bad's spinoff starring everyone's favourite morally-grey lawyer hasn't managed to hit the dizzying highs or downright dirty lows of its progenitor, Better Call Saul has still found success thanks to its complex lead Saul Goodman and the actor that portrays him, the endlessly talented Bob Odenkirk.

One of two comedians who made up the before-its-time Mr Show, Odenkirk brings a range to Saul Goodman that can incite an uproar of laughter and break your heart into tiny little pieces on a dime. Thanks to Odenkirk's performance and the show's habit of dangling Breaking Bad crossovers and cameos, the tricky lawyer's cons have kept fans coming back for three seasons now and we now have confirmation that Goodman will be back again for a fourth season this August.

While we don't have a trailer or much more information other than the release date, season 4 promises to put the lawyer's journey from relatively harmless Jimmy McGill to underworld shark Saul Goodman into hyperdrive. Season 3 showed us more of Gus Fring's fledgling empire and season 4 will surely further chronicle the rise of Albuquerque's finest fried chicken chain.

This prequel series is quickly catching up to Heisenberg's inevitable entrance, so now's a better time than ever to catch up on Saul Goodman's own origin story if you haven't already.

Better Call Saul was one of the biggest draws when streaming service Stan first launched and it will remain the home for all things Breaking Bad when Better Call Saul season 4 kicks off 7 August 2018 (just one day after the US premiere).

The content gods are merciful

You'd have had a better chance catching a bullet between your teeth than missing the news about Roseanne Barr's racist rant on Twitter this week. We recently languished over the fact that, despite some utterly cruel cancellations, ABC's Roseanne Red State reboot was renewed for another season.

Well, the tide has turned, my friends, and justice has prevailed. Turns out Roseanne's attempt to rationalise racism with a heavy dose of Ambien didn't go down so well as ABC opted to put the sitcom to bed. Roseanne Barr reportedly apologised profusely to the network's president Ben Sherwood and has since returned to the scene of the crime (Twitter) to claim she is not racist, despite a long and public paper trail of being very racist indeed on the very same platform.

I hate to dance on any grave when the outcome directly impacts an otherwise wonderful cast and crew, but they all deserve much better.

Speaking of deserving much better, the recent barrage of cancellations (the usual kind not fuelled by vile outbursts) came thick and fast with so many quality programs on the chopping block with one foot in the grave.

First came the news that Crews and crew (I'm so sorry) would be returning to duty when NBCUniversal saved Brooklyn Nine-Nine from an early demise at the hands of Fox. Reason enough to celebrate alone. Nine-Nine is an absolute gem of a comedy that's misunderstood by many as just another "cheesy US sitcom" but just like creator Michael Schur's other popular comedies (Parks and Rec and The Good Place), it's all about getting to know the loveable and somewhat clueless characters.

After NBCUniversal won over fans worldwide by coming to the rescue for Brooklyn's finest, Amazon stepped up to the plate to ferry another lost soul back from the maws of renewal limbo; SyFy's hard-boiled space opera The Expanse.

Big Bezos himself announced that Amazon Prime Video would save The Expanse last week during the National Space Society’s International Space Development Conference which he attended to accept the award for Space Settlement Advocacy. During his speech, Bezos dropped the bomb:

I was talking to the cast half an hour ago, before the break for dinner started. I was telling them that we are working hard at Amazon to save The Expanse but it wasn’t a done deal yet. During dinner, ten minutes ago, I just got word that The Expanse is saved. The show is extraordinary and these guys are unbelievably talented.

Admittedly, that's a little like interrupting your Engelberger Robotics Award acceptance speech to announce your undying love for Transformers but it's still bloody fantastic news for all the belters out there who thought The Expanse had gone supernova.

Now all that's left is to wish Lucifer fans luck in their bid to save the comic book adaptation from eternal damnation. All the best! Just don't get too crazy with the whole "resurrecting Lucifer" thing – it can get a little messy.

Speaking of the devil, did you know Lucifer's Lauren German and Lesley-Ann Brandt will be attending this year's Oz Comic-Con Melbourne? From 9 to 10 June, you will be able to catch German, Brandt and many more pop culture celebs (including Riverdale's KJ Apa) at the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre.

Tickets are selling fast but we've got three double passes to giveaway. Head over to our competition page to find out more.

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