Bryan Cranston is one of the best -- if not the best -- actors on television. The 56-year-old actor has piled on award after award for his lead role on AMC's Breaking Bad, and will likely add a few more to his resume before the series concludes next year. But in addition to his undeniable skill as an actor, the guy likes to direct, too.
Cranston has directed quite a lot of television -- he helmed the season 2 and 3 premieres of Breaking Bad, seven episodes of Malcolm in the Middle, and earlier this year he directed the "Election Day" episode of ABC's sitcom Modern Family. Now, Cranston is headed to direct another network sitcom episode. This time, it's The Office.
The series, which is entering its ninth season, could certainly use the boost. The eighth season saw a pretty drastic drop in ratings (almost 3 million viewers lost), meaning that the sitcom is probably in its twilight years. A director like Cranston, though, will possibly give The Office a bump, as Breaking Bad fans tune in to see if Cranston employs any weird camera angles like his other show does.
Office stars Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Ed Helms, and B.J. Novak all helmed episodes last season. The Office has had some pretty famous guest directors in the past, including J.J. Abrams, Joss Whedon, Marc Webb, Stephen Merchant, and Jason Reitman. So, all in all, Cranston's in good company.
News of Cranston's involvement with the Office broke with a tweet from Rainn Wilson, who wrote, "Free meth for The Office! (Look who's directing." He tweeted a photo of himself and Cranston (with Creed Bratton being characteristically weird in the background).
The Office season 9 will premiere September 20 on NBC.