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Battle Creek abuzz over new show from 'Breaking Bad' creator
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - The creator of the popular show Breaking Bad is drawing inspiration from a West Michigan city.
CBS has announced a new detective drama by Vince Gilligan called Battle Creek.
It will air right here on Newschannel 3 next fall.
Starting next month, crews from the new show plan to corner off areas of Battle Creek to start shooting. What comes next, the city manager says hes not fully prepared for.
I dont think weve grasped what this could do yet, said Ken Tsuchiyama, city manager.
What we do know, is the creator has been working on this script, long before he created a science teacher, who becomes the Southwests most feared drug lords.
Chief Jackie Hampton remembers Gilligan coming in about eight years ago, about what was supposed to be a movie at the time they wanted to create, around the Battle Creek Police Department.
Another cop show, to be honest I blew it off, something for a class, said Chief Jackie Hampton, Battle Creek Police.
The show Battle Creek will be about two police detectives, one is nave and the other relies on deception.
Its the start of a good plot. Hes gotta mix it up or why would people watch it? said Chief Hampton.
I believe they will be toughing on drug crimes thats always sexy on TV you watch crime shows its usually homicides or drugs, said County Prosecutor David Gilbert.
The city of Albuquerque, New Mexico has seen a boom in tourism, even hosting Breaking Bad tours. Well have to stay tuned, to see whats next.
As long as they dont put Battle Creek in a bad light, said Gilbert.
The police chief said the creator of Breaking Bad was driving around today looking at different places here in the city.