Bob Odenkirk’s New TV Show Straight Man Has Been Renamed Lucky Hank

For Odenkirk, the series has some tonal overlap with “Better Call Saul.” The newly titled “Lucky Hank” has a tonal balance that is seemingly the opposite of what Odenkirk’s last show accomplished. “Better Call Saul” certainly had some comedic moments, especially in its earlier seasons (who could forget Tony, the toilet buddy?). However, the series was primarily a drama that got darker and more serious the more it went into “Breaking Bad” territory. 

While speaking to Entertainment Weekly about “Lucky Hank” in September 2022, Odenkirk essentially laid out the differing tonal balance to the limited series, which drifts more to the comedic side of things:

“I love the tone. It’s more comic. I feel like I relate to the main character, who’s a misanthrope. He’s a cranky guy, but you like him. And I just think tonally it’s great. It feels like a new mashup of comedy and drama that we’ve been on the verge of for a long time.”

Aaron Zelman and Paul Lieberstein will serve as showrunners for “Lucky Hank.” Lieberstein is more popularly known for his work on “The Office,” where he not only portrayed the character Toby Flenderson but also served as a producer on the show and even directed several episodes. If the executive producer’s previous work is any indication, it seems that Odenkirk will have the opportunity to stretch his comedic muscles in the new series. There is currently no release date for “Lucky Hank,” but the series is expected to debut on AMC sometime in 2023. 

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