I dunno why you guys are writing, but the article below is my raison d’etre when it comes to that thing we do.
No, not getting to work on BREAKING BAD and its upcoming going to be ultra cool sequel BETTER CALL SAUL. That, after all, would be a mature way to view my life. Yer Friendly Neighborhood Muncher’s head is, for better or for worse, in a much different place: I just want my damn picture in the local paper and a big article telling every single one of those $#@!s I went to high school with how much better than they are I’m doing today.
You all understand this feeling, don’t ya? Huh? Please….
Former Local Working on Writing ‘Breaking Bad’ Prequel
by Eric Englund
A writer/producer with Southern Ocean County roots, who made it big with his work on the “Breaking Bad” on AMC, will be writing for the TV series’ prequel, “Better Call Saul.”
Thomas Schnauz Jr. was nominated for an Emmy Award for “best writing in a drama series” for the “Say My Name” episode, which aired in “Breaking Bad’s” final season last year. Other “Breaking Bad” episodes he wrote include “One Minute,” “Shotgun” and “Buried,” with the last episode dedicated to memory of his father, Thomas Sr., who died in January 2013.
A former resident of Barnegat Township, Barnegat Light and Surf City, Schnauz joined the “Breaking Bad” series as a writer/producer in 2010, which was the show’s third season. Set and produced in Albuquerque, the show focused on the story of Walter White, played by Bryan Cranston, a struggling high school chemistry teacher who is diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer at the beginning of the series. He turns to a life of crime, selling methamphetamines to secure his family’s future before he dies. His partner in crime is a former student, Jesse Pinkman, played by Aaron Paul. Cranston has won Emmys three times for best actor and Paul twice for best supporting actor.
The prequel, in which Schnauz will be a co-executive producer, will begin filming next month. He said the show looks to begin running on AMC in November. The series’ central character will be Saul Goodman (played by Bob Odenkirk) before he became Walter White’s lawyer.
Schnauz said he will write two of the episodes, but limited his remarks because he has to keep details under wraps. He said some of the “Breaking Bad” characters will be seen as they were earlier in their lives.
He said that writing for a TV series is a collaborative effort; while he may get the credits for a specific episode, many others have input. He said writers, directors and producers often have lengthy skull sessions to develop plot lines, stories and characters.
“That’s probably the hardest part,” he said. “It gets a little easier once you have the story all planned and all the pieces start to fit.”
In the meantime, Schnauz had been writing for an ABC series “Resurrrection,” which had eight episodes this year. The fantasy drama series follows the people of Arcadia, Mo., whose lives take a surprising turn when their loved ones return from the dead, unaged since the time of their death.
Of course, I’d want a better description of myself than “Former Local.” But maybe that’s just, you know, me.