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Saul, “Five-O” Win Kudos; Saul Garners SAG, WGA, PGA Awards Nods

This week, Better Call Saul and “Five-O” show up on several end of the year best lists. Plus, the show garners SAG and PGA Award nominations and three WGA Award nods. Read on for more:

Rolling Stone considers Better Call Saul one of the year’s best shows, asking, “Who could have predicted it would turn out this great? It stands on its own as a comic desert noir.”

Vulture deems “Five-O” one of the year’s best episodes, quoting Mike’s poignant line, “I broke my boy.”

• In a list of the best new series of 2015, The Wall Street Journal notes that “the creators of AMC’s Better Call Saul and star Bob Odenkirk produced a show as strange and refreshing as the cucumber water Jimmy quaffs in the nail salon that houses his office/sleeping quarters.”

TV Cheat Sheet names the series one of 2015’s best new shows: “Of all the spinoffs on TV, Better Call Saul stands head and shoulders above the rest. Any worries we may have had that it would be overly derivative and unnecessary in the wake of Breaking Bad going off the air were dispelled the second the credits rolled on the pilot.”

• Bob Odenkirk has been honored with a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination in the category of Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series, People reports.

• According to the Los Angeles Times, Better Call Saul has been nominated for a Producers Guild of America Award.

• The Chicago Tribune reports that Better Call Saul‘s premiere won a Writers Guild of America Award nomination in the episodic drama category, while the show garnered nods in the drama series and new series categories.

411Mania calls Better Call Saul one of most anticipated shows this winter, noting that “Vince Gilligan found the perfect tone for Saul’s world — or Jimmy McGill, if you prefer — that fit within Breaking Bad continuity without seeming like a rip-off.”

• The Independent recommends binge-watching Season 1: “Saul Goodman has broken bad in his own right in this hit spin-off about Walter White’s lawyer. Don’t write it off for seemingly just mooching off Breaking Bad’s success.”

Moviepilot observes that “Season 2 has every chance of building on the first to become an even more entertaining series, and one capable of finding rare depth in its portrayal of the law – which is why it’s likely to be seriously awesome.”

Wales Online reports that a bar called Slipping Jimmy’s — named after Saul — has opened in Newport, Wales.

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