Bryan Cranston is ready to make people laugh again. As fans gear up for the inevitably dark, devastating series finale of Breaking Bad, the star is set to briefly return to sitcom land -- via How I Met Your Mother. CBS announced Wednesday, Sept. 25 that the 57-year-old actor will be reprising his role as Ted Mosby's (Josh Radnor) horrible boss.
"CASTING NEWS! ?@BryanCranston? returns to ?#HIMYM? later this fall as Hammond Druthers!," CBS tweeted. "#BreakingMOTHER."
Cranston first appeared as Hammond Druthers on season two of the comedy series in 2006. Druthers started as Mosby's arrogant boss at an architectural firm, but Mosby eventually became his boss and fired him. "Is Hammond Druthers back for revenge?" CBS teased. "Will he meet the Mother? You'll find out later this fall!"
How I Met Your Mother's ninth and final season premiered Monday, Sept. 23, with Cristin Milioti playing the role of "The Mother," Mosby's future wife.
The season finale episode of Cranston's Breaking Bad airs Sunday, Sept. 29. Last Sunday, the AMC series won the Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series.
He told Ryan Seacrest on the red carpet at the Emmys that it's "bittersweet" the show is ending. "You know that you're proud that you've come to a close, almost like an athlete that wants to finish on top as opposed to letting it go on for a year or two more," Cranston explained. "Vince Gilligan, our writer, finished at just the right time. "The ending is perfect. Unapologetic. It is perfect Breaking Bad."