'Bad' man Gilligan re-ups with Sony TV


On the heels of the early third-season renewal for his AMC series "Breaking Bad," creator/executive producer Vince Gilligan has inked a new two-year overall deal with the show's producer, Sony Pictures TV.

Under the pact, said to be worth about $4 million, Gilligan will continue on "Bad," whose first season nabbed an Emmy for star Bryan Cranston and a Peabody.

The show, which also earned Gilligan an Emmy nomination and a WGA win, is off to a strong start in its second season. The premiere drew 1.7 million viewers, up 21% from the first-season bow.

Gilligan's negotiations with Sony TV were smooth and relatively quick, a stark contrast to the six-month, headline-making drama surrounding renewal talks between Matthew Weiner — creator/exec producer of AMC's other awards darling, "Mad Men" — and series producer Lionsgate TV.

"The X-Files" alum Gilligan is repped by ICM and attorney Jean Tanaka. (partialdiff)