Bob Odenkirk, Saul Get TCA Nods; Peter Gould Joins LA Times Roundtable

This week, Bob Odenkirk and Better Call Saul get TCA nominations, while Peter Gould does a showrunners roundtable with the L.A. Times and Jonathan Banks discusses his acting inspirations with Variety. Plus, The New York Times profiles Jeremy Shamos. Read on for more:

• Bob Odenkirk and Better Call Saul are nominated for Television Critics Association Awards for Individual Achievement in Drama and Outstanding New Program respectively, according to Adweek, Entertainment Weekly, the Los Angeles Times, TVLine and USA Today.

• During a Los Angeles Times roundtable, Peter Gould speaks about the challenge of Better Call Saul: "If you have a sense where this character is going, does that mean that you've lost suspense?... It's my working premise which is how things happen is more interesting than what happens."

• Jonathan Banks tells Variety his "inspiration as an actor was someone from the movies — Anthony Quinn. I still watch Requiem for a Heavyweight. Look at him in Viva Zapata. Marlon Brando has to work to hold his own with Quinn!"

The New York Times profiles Jeremy Shamos and quotes Peter Gould complimenting the actor's "comic timing and inventiveness."

• At Variety's annual TV summit, Vince Gilligan teases Season 2, noting, "I think what happens next is actually going to surprise people. It’s not what we thought it would be."

Variety considers Bob Odenkirk one of the leading best actor Emmy contenders, declaring, "Odenkirk is all but a lock for a nod given his heavy lifting in Saul, not to mention all the Academy love showered on Bad."

CarterMatt asserts that Jonathan Banks deserves a best supporting drama actor Emmy nod: "Just the episode 'Five-O' alone makes him worthy of a spot. Nobody plays both sinister and heartbreaking better than Banks..."

• At a roundtable for The Hollywood Reporter, Bob Odenkirk discusses the risks of taking on Saul: "I'm a comedy writer and performer, so I sort of feel like I always can go back to that if this didn’t pan out. I felt like I’d be OK. Put the clown shoes back on and I’ll be all right."

Variety interviews Peter Gould, who says, "I would love to have a drink with Jimmy McGill. Saul Goodman, I would have a drink with, but I’d be very careful of where my wallet was. I wouldn’t want to wear an expensive watch."

• Bob Odenkirk tells the Los Angeles Times he's focused on "doing a good job on the second season and do the same with the third or fourth, if there is a third or fourth. Because it's just probably not going to get better ever. How could it?"

• In Bob Odenkirk and Michael Sheen's conversation for Variety, Odenkirk analyzes Saul, noting, "He’s just trying to keep the ball in the air until he figures out where he wants to put it. How to land with the person he’s talking to. He’s negotiating all the time."

Extra asks Bryan Cranston about appearing on Better Call Saul, and he answers that "if Vince Gilligan wants me to be on Better Call Saul, that’s all I have to know."

• Patrick Fabian talks to the It’s Saul Good, Man! podcast and, according to Fansided, shares that Howard's apparent bad treatment of Jimmy "hurts Howard because he can’t say anything."

Variety applauds Bob Odenkirk, who "pulled off what many actors before him could not, transitioning his supporting character Saul Goodman from Breaking Bad into the lead of its spinoff show, Better Call Saul."

A.V. Club gives the TV Club Award for "Achievement in grifting" to the Kennedy half dollar scam: "Instead of leaping from the setup to the payoff, the scene shows every beat involved in the scheme, and doesn’t heap judgment on Jimmy’s actions. He’s not just a thief, he’s an artist in his element."

Lexology points out that Better Call Saul is "chock-full of legal ethics lessons, and very entertaining, as well."

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