Listen, I know many people have been having Breaking Bad withdrawal symptoms. I know I have: Sunday nights just don't feel right. That's why it was such a relief to hear that Bryan Cranston would be making an appearance on How I Met Your Mother. He'll be reprising the role of Hammond Druthers that he played before that whole blue meth cook role took off. Actually, given how ruthless Druthers was towards Josh Radnor's Ted Mosby and his co-workers, he probably would have partnered with Walter White. It's still going to be really interesting to see him return to comedy.
It's been fun seeing people cross back on to network television after an extended stay. Betsy Brandt, Cranston's fellow Breaking Bad castmate, is on The Michael J. Fox Show, Dean Norris was in a mini-series in between seasons and Aaron Staton from Mad Men recently appeared on Person of Interest. It feels like they are back among the regular folk after being on higher fare on cable. It's almost like an Easter Egg: "Hey, I've seen that actor on another show!"
With Cranston, people forget that he was so good as the befuddled father on Malcolm in the Middle before taking his iconic role. When Breaking Bad first came out, people were saying, "Malcom's dad is a chemistry teacher who is going to be selling meth?" I think Cranston is making this pit stop in comedy to shed the moral weight and weariness that playing White must have felt, especially with his transformation from a man who was trying to do what he could for his family to an almost inhuman monster that didn't care who or what got in his path.
Cranston is one of those actors who can slip into whatever role he wants to play seemingly quite effortlessly and he's definitely not going to find his comedic timing off when he's on How I Met Your Mother. It wouldn't be surprising if the show got really good numbers because of Breaking Bad fans also tuning in.
Of course, it would be great if the How I Met Your Mother writers somehow worked White's "I. Am. The. Danger." quote in there just to appease us Breaking Bad addicts. If that happened, the television would probably just explode from awesomeness, as it should. Welcome back to comedy, Mr. Cranston, however short the stay may be.
The blonde beauty made the surprise announcement last Friday (29Apr11).
She has yet to name the father of her child or shed light on whether or not she'll be embarking on motherhood as a single parent.
But her TV colleague Staton, who became a dad himself last year (10), is sure 33-year-old Jones will handle the pressures of having a baby well and easily adapt to her new lifestyle.
He tells People.com, "It's something that she's wanted to do and that she's excited to do. January is such a sweet person... I think she's really going to be a great mother.
"So much of it is natural. It's sort of intimidating, but so much of it comes naturally when you meet the kid."
Jones has been single since she split from former boyfriend Jason Sudeikis in January (11).
The actor, who plays Ken Cosgrove in the hit U.S. show, is expecting his first child with wife Connie Fletcher later this year (10).
And although Staton is looking forward to parenthood and has already chosen the tot's name, he is scared of the responsibility which comes with being a dad.
Staton tells Us Weekly, "We're very excited. We are pretty sure (on the baby's name), but we also thought we were pretty sure a few weeks ago and it changed, so we are sort of waiting until he is here and we have met him to announce it.
"I have been nervous about dropping babies in the past, but have been told that once it's your baby, you are no longer worried about dropping them. I am nervous that I have a lot to learn... that I won't pick it up fast enough. I think I am doing OK."