Bob Odenkirk’s upcoming AMC series Straight Man, will now be called “Lucky Hank,” as confirmed by TVLine. The show is based on the 1997 book of the same name by Richard Russo, which involves a retired English professor who served as the inspiration for Lucky Hank. Odenkirk will portray William Henry Hank Devereaux Jr., the dubious chairman of the college’s English department. A debut season of Lucky Man with eight episodes will premiere on television this spring.
During an interview with EW, Odenkirk discussed the tone of “Straight Man” now “Lucky Hank” and how it compares to “Better Call Saul.” He mentioned that the show has a blend of drama and comedy. He described it as “more fun,” which will allow him to showcase the comedic acting skills that he became known for earlier in his career. Odenkirk also mentioned that younger fans who may only be familiar with his dramatic roles in “Better Call Saul” and “Breaking Bad” will get to see a different, possibly lighter side of him in “Lucky Hank.”
It’s more comical. I think I’m referring to the main character, the cynic. He’s a cranky type, but you like him, And I think he’s excellent. It feels like a new mix of comedy and drama that we have been on the verge of for a long time. It’s a great mix of humor and the kind of drama we got to do in Better Call Saul, and it has become more prevalent in streaming shows, and I think it will be clean. I hope the audience is ready.