CBS Greenlights Detective Drama From Creators of Breaking Bad and House

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Vince Gilligan David Shore Battle Creek CBSGood things really do come to those who wait.

CBS has given a series order to Battle Creek, a new(ish) drama from Breaking Bad boss Vince Gilligan and House creator David Shore.

The network is moving forward with 13 episodes of the detective series, which will debut in the 2014-15 TV season, our sister site Deadline reports.

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The show — which Gilligan first developed at the Eye Network more than a decade ago — follows two very different detectives who are paired up to reduce crime in Battle Creek, Mich. One thinks that the task requires cynicism and deception but few resources; the other believes that naivete, trust and tons of resources are what’s needed.

After Breaking Bad finished production on its final season, the finale of which airs this Sunday (AMC, 9/8c), Gilligan was able to revisit the project. He and Mark Johnson (Breaking Bad) will executive-produce with Shore, who will assume showrunner duties. Sony TV and CBS TV Studios will co-produce.


Comments (30)

  • Awesome! Love, love, LOVE Breaking Bad! Maybe this will have the same style? Hopefully this will help me get over the cancelation of The Killing. I love a gritty drama.

    Comment by Drew – September 25, 2013 06:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I like Vince Gilligan but meh premise.

    Comment by Teag – September 25, 2013 06:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • The premise sounds like literally any other buddy cop show out there… I hope I am really really really wrong.

      Comment by wi – September 26, 2013 02:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • From AMC to CBS. No thanks.

    Comment by megan – September 25, 2013 06:16 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yeah. CBS is where good ideas go to die.

      Comment by David4 – September 25, 2013 07:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Person of interest begs to differ.

        Comment by cj – September 25, 2013 08:04 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Objection! See: The Good Wife

        Comment by Liz – September 26, 2013 10:54 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Good luck Vince! You’re gonna need it! I hear the Pilot is great, but long term Shore is terrible as a showrunner. He practically strangled his own baby towards the end of House.

    Comment by D – September 25, 2013 06:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • My thoughts exactly. I love everything Vince Gilligan touches, but David Shore butchered House beyond recognition. I guess as long as it doesn’t run over 7 seasons it might be safe.

      Comment by Karen – September 25, 2013 06:58 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Actually Katie Jacobs started to have more sway toward the end of house while half way through shore stepped back a little. i mean they are two of the best character writers out there how can this show not be good… Lets just hope its more breaking bad rather than straight up procedural like it sounds.

        Comment by cj – September 25, 2013 08:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Heh, exactly. Maybe they’ll have 3 impressive seasons before Shore decides to “shake things up” and slowly self-sabotage the show into cancellation.

      Comment by Tav – September 25, 2013 08:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Yeah, like make a ‘will they wont they’ couple so only shippers are left watching..

        Comment by wi – September 26, 2013 02:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This sounds interesting, except it will be on CBS–which means that any edge it might have otherwise had will be completely sanded down in an effort to force it to fit in alongside the same old procedurals the network has been running for years.

    Comment by Mark – September 25, 2013 06:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • After the way Mr. Shore ended Cuddy’s character on House…I’m gonna pass on this one.

    Comment by Maria – September 25, 2013 06:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Lisa left House due to a contract dispute: her 7 year contract was up and she wanted more money then what Fox was willing to pay. It happens.

      Comment by Badpenny – September 25, 2013 06:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • You’re almost right. Actually, even though HOUSE was aired on Fox, NBC Universal owned the rights to the show and they were who Lisa had the contract dispute with. She is still friendly with David Shore. Because BREAKING BAD and HOUSE (seasons 1-3 and season 8) are my all-time favorite shows, I’ll definitely check this one out.

        Comment by Rae – September 25, 2013 07:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • She didn’t want a pay cut and left. i wouldn’t take a pay cut either.

        Comment by David4 – September 25, 2013 07:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • It’s depressing to think of Gilligan’s talents wasted on a CBS procedural.

    Comment by Jo – September 25, 2013 06:35 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Hopefully the show will be good since Vince is one of the excutive producers.

    Comment by Joey – September 25, 2013 06:40 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Not sure what to make out of it. What happened to David Shore’s original projects post-House? I know a few of them went belly up. Is he trying to ride someone else’s coattails to get the momentum back? With all due respect, House’s last season (when Shore allegedly gave it his undivided attention) was staggeringly inept and unwatchable.

    Comment by Intrigued – September 25, 2013 07:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • For many fans the show went down hill in the seventh season with the soap opera set up and the emphasis on other characters, especially the entire Cuddy clan. Shore just needs to stick with his original concept and not get talked into any romance novel scenarios.

      Comment by sara – September 25, 2013 08:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Shore is piggybacking? He’s got this show and is executive producing another person’s thriller drama at ABC. Yeah, what a slacker.

      Comment by D – September 26, 2013 08:55 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • If you’ve ever been to battle Creek, MI, you’d know that the only thing more boring then being in Battle Creek would be a show about the *tiny* amount of boring, boring, boring crime there. It’s so white bread there… they make white bread. And a LOT of cereal.

    Comment by Temperance – September 25, 2013 08:03 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I live in Michigan and I agree and endorse this statement completely.

      Comment by Matthew Weber – September 25, 2013 08:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yes, that’s the point. There’s barely any crime, but they argue a whole lot.

      Comment by Zach – September 25, 2013 08:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Vince Gilligan,thumbs up. David Shore,thumbs way down. He let his own show go down the crapper w/o a blink of an eye. No effing way I want VG covered in DS crap. #justsaynotohookers

    Comment by MandT – September 26, 2013 03:03 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I live just a few minutes from Battle Creek, Michigan so this is interesting. Never thought they could do a show on it as I wasn’t aware crime was that bad, maybe in Flint. Either way love Breaking Bad, and liked House.

    Comment by cas – September 26, 2013 08:35 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I can kinda understand VG, he needs to get away from cable, otherwise everyone will just expect him to make “another” BrBa… I just really hope he can get his way upfront with CBS, at least with full creative freedom to manage the limited thematic/character scope of broadcast tv.

    Comment by wi – September 26, 2013 02:29 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I grew up in a Battle Creek and can’t imagine them making a show set there last 13 minutes let alone 13 episodes. Unless Tony the Tiger goes on a crime spree…

    Comment by Megan – September 27, 2013 06:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Ok, WWE Wrestler Rob Van Dam either needs to do a guest spot or become a regular cast member since he lives in Battle Creek.

    Comment by Evan – September 28, 2013 01:59 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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