AMC is aware of a superb factor once they see it (for essentially the most half, no less than). That’s why the cable community has invested in one more TV drama led by Bob Odenkirk. The Emmy-nominated actor starred as Jimmy McGill/Saul Goodman/Gene Takovic in Higher Name Saul for six seasons, a task he performed on Breaking Dangerous earlier than that. Now, Odenkirk leads a brand new present, considerably mockingly titled Fortunate Hank, which arrives this spring.
Created by Paul Lieberstein and Aaron Zelman, Fortunate Hank is predicated on Richard Russo’s novel, Straight Man. The eight-episode season unravels the midlife disaster of William Henry Devereaux, Jr. (Odenkirk), the unlikely chairman of the English division at Railton Faculty, an underfunded college in Pennsylvania’s rust belt.
In the course of the Tv Critics Affiliation’s (TCA) winter press tour, Odenkirk advised reporters that the script got here to him whereas he was filming Saul’s final season. “It occurred so shortly, my head was spinning a bit. It’s a present if the community making your present needs it badly, it’s a uncommon prevalence,” he joked, including that he may’ve additionally chosen to be a zombie on one of many many The Strolling Useless exhibits.
Odenkirk mentioned he was drawn to Fortunate Hank due to how in another way it portrayed loneliness versus his BCS character. “Saul was actually alone. He needed Kim [Rhea Seehorn] to like him, however they had been by no means going to completely embrace one another. It was a troublesome man to play for therefore lengthy,” Odenkirk mentioned. “I preferred that right here, this man actually loves his spouse and daughter. He has humor; he’s a wisecracker who laughs at his scenario whereas he suffers it. Saul was humorous, too, however he wasn’t conscious of that. He wasn’t a part of the joke.”
Fortunate Hank additionally stars Mireille Enos, Diedrich Bader, Cedric Yarborough, Sara Amini, and Suzanne Cryer. The present premieres March 19 on AMC and AMC+.