Bryan Cranston to Develop TV Shows for Sony After ‘Breaking Bad’ Ends

Published 2 years ago by

grant g cranston 576 Bryan Cranston to Develop TV Shows for Sony After Breaking Bad Ends

Despite becoming a more prominent film actor in the last couple of years (Argo, Drive), there’s no doubt that Bryan Cranston will forever be known primarily as a television actor. His role as the master crystal meth chef/terminal cancer patient Walter White on AMC’s Breaking Bad has cemented his place in dramatic television history, as has the numerous amount of awards he has won as a result – including a 2013 SAG Award.

However, with Breaking Bad in its final season this year, viewers have been wondering what Cranston’s next move will be. Considering his wealth of success, he’ll certainly have plenty of opportunities to do pretty much whatever he wants – and that seems to be becoming more involved behind the camera, which is where Sony is ready to allow him to go.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Cranston has just inked a first-look deal with Sony Pictures Television – which currently produces Breaking Bad - that will grant him the opportunity to develop new shows for the studio. The deal will certainly open a lot of new creative doors for Cranston, and it affords him the option to stay in front of the camera as well.

Cranston has made it clear for a while now that he wants to direct a self-made project. When speaking with in October, he said his plans after Breaking Bad included directing a film that he had himself written. Interestingly, he also said in the interview that he desired to step away from TV for two to three years, but this recent deal with Sony obviously suggests otherwise.

Bryan Cranston as Walter White in Breaking Bad Season 5 Bryan Cranston to Develop TV Shows for Sony After Breaking Bad Ends

Bryan Cranston as Walter White in ‘Breaking Bad’

We’ve seen his versatility as an actor – with roles ranging from Hal on Malcolm in the Middle to Walter White – but can he bring a unique vision and voice to a series as a showrunner and director? The answer is likely yes.

What most Cranston fans don’t realize is that he’s already quite accomplished as a director and no one is doubting he has plenty of creative energy to spare. His directing credits include seven episodes of Malcolm in the Middle and three on Breaking Bad, including the upcoming second-half premiere of season 5. He also directed episodes of Modern Family and The Office last year.

Whatever new series Cranston comes up with, one thing seems certain. He will be in television for a while longer and I think we can all agree that’s a very good thing.

Be sure to catch the final eight episodes of Breaking Bad when the series returns to AMC on July 15.

Sources: THR,

Follow Daniel Johnson on Twitter @UODanJohnson
Get our free email alerts on the topics and author of this article:


Post a Comment

GravatarWant to change your avatar?
Go to and upload your own (we'll wait)!

 Rules: No profanity or personal attacks.
 Use a valid email address or risk being banned from commenting.

If your comment doesn't show up immediately, it may have been flagged for moderation. Please try refreshing the page first, then drop us a note and we'll retrieve it. Keep in mind that we do not allow external links in the comments.

  1. July can’t come soon enough!

  2. cool so now he can make MALCOM IN THE MIDDLE 2!!!! LMAO jk

  3. Amazing, amazing actor. I watched Season 4 episode “Crawl Space” for the first time last night and I don’t think I’ve ever seen a finer television performance.

    • Amazing episode!!

    • Yea his crazy laughter at the end blew my mind, made Heath Ledger look like he was just some guy acting for Dark Knight, they were both good actors though, Bryan Cranston is probably one of my favorite actors though

  4. I only hope that its drama.I don’t want comedy from him :D

    • you weren’t a Malcolm fan eh? he was consistently the funniest part, he’s equally skilled in drama and comedy.

  5. Sad to see Breaking Bad go…. Knew for almost a year know, but still, amazing show. I hope he comes out with a drama, and a comedy.