TVLine Items: Breaking Bad Prequel Status, Louie End Date Talk, Bruce Rocks Good Wife and More

Breaking Bad Prequel Spin-Off Better Call SaulBreaking Bad‘s Saul Goodman-centric spin-off will “by and large” be a prequel — yet could also flash-forward to the legal lizard’s aprés-Walter White existence.

As series creator Vince Gilligan explains to Entertainment Weekly, “[T]he wonderful thing about the fractured chronology we employed on Breaking Bad for many years is the audience will not be thrown by us jumping around in time,” as the mothership occasionally did when, for example, exploring Gus Fring’s roots or sneak-peeking Walt’s future. “So it’s possible that we may indeed do that [on Better Caul Saul], and we’ll see the past and perhaps the future. Nothing is written in stone yet, we’re still figuring it out.”

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* Sitcom vet Laurie Metcalf has replaced Jacki Weaver as the family matriarch in The McCarthys, CBS’ multi-camera sitcom pilot about a big Irish family whose members include a gay son, Deadline reports.  Jack McGee (Rescue Me) and Joey McIntyre (Boston Public) were previously cast as the dad/husband and one of the other kids.  The project is in second position to Metcalf’s Getting On, should the HBO comedy get renewed.

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* The Jan. 12 episode of CBS’ The Good Wife will feature three songs from Bruce Springsteen’s new full-length album, High Hopes, as Alicia and Will each represent one-half of a couple accused of smuggling drugs. A trailer sampling some of the Boss songs will premiere after this Sunday’s episode.

* In the latest installment of Crackle’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, Louis CK shares with host Jerry Seinfeld that for Season 4 of FX’s Louie (premiering in May), he collaborated on some scripts with stand-up vet Steven “What’s Another Word for Thesaurus?” Wright, and says that he envisions his eponymous series running “seven or eight years, tops.”

* E! News on Thursday night will unveil a new trailer for the much-anticipated Veronica Mars movie, hitting theaters March 14.

* AMC has released a trailer for Turn, its Revolutionary War-era spy drama premiering sometime this year: