There’s little doubt that AMC’s recently concluded Breaking Bad stands as one of the most acclaimed television dramas in years. The show earned both critical praise and record-breaking ratings in its final season and effectively made character actor Bryan Cranston a household name. The rise and fall of Walter White has ended, but one question still remains: what’s next for the cast and crew behind the hit series?
AMC itself somewhat answered that very question soon before the airing of the Breaking Bad finale, with the announcement that Bob Odenkirk’s recurring character of Saul Goodman would headline a spin-off series entitled Better Call Saul. However, while Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan will shepherd the new show, it appears that’s not the only series he’ll be involved with in the near future.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Gilligan will follow up his award-winning series with an on-camera guest spot on NBC’s Community. That ensemble comedy – which stars Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown and Alison Brie, among others – is due to return for season 5 early next year with former showrunner Dan Harmon back onboard. Gilligan will play a greedy smooth-talker who gets caught up in a fight between Annie (Brie) and Abed (Pudi), and the appearance will mark his acting debut.
Gilligan’s decision to enter the world of acting is a curious one, considering his proven talent behind the camera. Still, his Community character does sound like he has a trait or two in common with Breaking Bad‘s Saul. So perhaps casting Gilligan to appear on the series isn’t too much of a stretch. After all, Community already has ties to Breaking Bad. Star Giancarlo Esposito – who played Gus on three seasons of Breaking Bad – held a recurring role in the past two seasons of Community, and NBC has already announced that Jonathan Banks (Breaking Bad‘s Mike) will appear throughout season 5 as a criminologist.
Community has already announced a slew of guest stars for its upcoming season, including Arrested Development creator Mitchell Hurwitz, Nathan Fillion, Paget Brewster, Ben Folds, Robert Patrick and Brie Larson. With that anything-goes list, fans of Community already have plenty of stunt casting to look forward to, and Gilligan’s casting should fit right in.
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Community returns to NBC for season 5 on January 2, 2014.