“Better Call Saul” Star Bob Odenkirk to Guest-Voice “The Simpsons” Season 31 Ep

As fans of Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould‘s Breaking Bad prequel/sequel/parallel series Better Call Saul patiently await the show’s fifth season return in 2020 (as well as speculate over rumors that the sixth season will be its last) series star Bob Odenkirk (Mr. Show) is taking a break from his life as a shady lawyer – to play an animated shady lawyer. The award-winning actor is set to make a guest voice appearance on FOX‘s The Simpsons season 31 in the fall, in an episode written by series co-executive producer Bill Odenkirk (yup, his brother) that finds him playing a mob lawyer who may (or may not) represent Fat Tony in a pickpocket sting operation arrest.

Here’s a look at Odenkirk’s character, as well as some details from series executive producer Al Jean:

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“He charges by the minute so he speaks… really… slowly. He just wants money for talking to Fat Tony.”

In the episode, Fat Tony has to prove his innocence for a crime that – believe it or not – he actually wasn’t involved in. But we know one person who was…

“Homer is the mark because he’s got such a big butt so he’s a good target for pick-pocketing. Fat Tony is arrested but he didn’t do it — and he has to find out who did do it.”

AMC’s Better Call Saul is currently in production on its fifth season, expected to premiere early 2020.

During an interview with Vulture in April, Sarah Barnett, president of the entertainment networks group at AMC Networks (AMC, IFC, SundanceTV, and BBC America) was asked about the Breaking Bad spinoff’s fifth season return – and that’s when she revealed the wait: “We said on our most recent earnings call that the series would come back for season five next year.”

Which would mean the earliest the series would return would be early 2020 – and the reason? To make sure the creative team has the time they need to craft the vision they want: “Yes. It’s driven by talent needs, which we would not override if it would result in a worse show.”

Barnett also confirmed that Better Call Saul was getting close to the point where it would hand-off to Breaking Bad storyline-wise – something the writers have been planning for all along:

“Well, we know clearly the end was already written before the beginning began. [Laughs.] The writers, they have a very particular, very clear sense of the arc of their show.”

As for where the upcoming fifth season places towards reaching the end of the Better Call Saul story: “We’re certainly getting closer to it.”

AMC’s Better Call Saul is currently in production on its fifth season, expected to premiere early 2020.

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