CBS Greenlights Detective Drama From Creators of Breaking Bad and House

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.


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  1. Drew says:

    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.

  2. Teag says:

    I like Vince Gilligan but meh premise.

  3. megan says:

    From AMC to CBS. No thanks.

  4. D says:

    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.

    • Karen says:

      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.

      • cj says:

        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.

    • Tav says:

      Heh, exactly. Maybe they’ll have 3 impressive seasons before Shore decides to “shake things up” and slowly self-sabotage the show into cancellation.

  5. Mark says:

    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.

  6. Maria says:

    After the way Mr. Shore ended Cuddy’s character on House…I’m gonna pass on this one.

    • Badpenny says:

      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.

      • Rae says:

        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.

      • David4 says:

        She didn’t want a pay cut and left. i wouldn’t take a pay cut either.

  7. Jo says:

    It’s depressing to think of Gilligan’s talents wasted on a CBS procedural.

  8. Joey says:

    Hopefully the show will be good since Vince is one of the excutive producers.

  9. Intrigued says:

    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.

    • sara says:

      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.

    • D says:

      Shore is piggybacking? He’s got this show and is executive producing another person’s thriller drama at ABC. Yeah, what a slacker.

  10. Temperance says:

    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.

  11. MandT says:

    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

  12. cas says:

    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.

  13. wi says:

    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.

  14. Megan says:

    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…

  15. Evan says:

    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.