'Better Call Saul' clip resurrects a familiar face for 'Breaking Bad' fans

An old face is back from the dead in the "Breaking Bad" spinoff that also features everyone's favourite criminal...lawyer.

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You don't need a criminal lawyer, you need a criminal...lawyer. All rise for a clip from "Breaking Bad" spinoff "Better Call Saul" with Albuquerque's slipperiest litigator and another familiar face.

The upcoming "Better Call Saul" sees Bob Odenkirk reprise his role as flamboyantly crooked lawyer Saul Goodman, who helped Walter White build his criminal empire in the hugely popular AMC show "Breaking Bad", broadcast between 2008 and 2013. Adding a new face in the shape of "Spinal Tap" actor Michael McKean, the spinoff series will also reprise Jonathan Banks as Mike Ehrmantraut.

The new promo clip shows features Saul encountering Mike, the ex-cop who by the time of "Breaking Bad" had become Saul's investigator, fixer and enforcer. At this meeting, though, Mike is a seemingly humble parking attendant. It doesn't take long for hapless Saul to learn how tough Mike really is.

This is the first promo for "Better Call Saul" to feature Saul himself, after an earlier clip illustrated the kind of clientele Saul attracts by creeping around a wrecked hotel room to the sound of wailing sirens.

If you're outside the US you might have trouble watching the clip, because apparently AMC doesn't want publicity for its show. That seems crazy in this day and age -- the Internet, perhaps you've heard of it? -- especially as "Better Call Saul" is set to be available on Netflix across the globe. You'd think AMC would have figured this global interest thing out: "Breaking Bad" was the first show ever to be released on Netflix in the UK and other countries at the same time as each episode appeared on US TV, bypassing British telly completely.

"Better Call Saul" takes the stand on AMC with two episodes on 8 and 9 February. It's on Netflix around the world soon after.