Jonathan Banks Joins Better Call Saul; Cranston Talks Broadway; Gilligan Wins DGA Award

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This week, Jonathan Banks joins Bob Odenkirk on Better Call Saul, the Breaking Bad spin-off, while Bryan Cranston talks about playing President Lyndon Johnson on Broadway in All the Way. Plus, Vince Gilligan wins a directing award while Aaron Paul will show up on Super Bowl Sunday in a Need for Speed ad. Read on for more:

Deadline reports that Jonathan Banks has joined the cast of Better Call Saul as a series regular, reprising his role as Mike.

Variety reports that Vince Gilligan won the Directors Guild of America award in the dramatic series category, for the series finale.

Rolling Stone interviews Bryan Cranston, who talks about his upcoming turn as President Johnson as well as being open to appearing on Better Call Saul, saying, “It’d be fun to go back into the New Mexico desert and play with all my old friends.”

Talking to the New York Daily News about All the Way, Bryan Cranston compares LBJ with Walt, calling them “very powerful, strong and strong-willed men, very determined, accomplished, smart and with character flaws that are very present.” Cranston also chats with Reuters about his Broadway debut.

Bryan Cranston tells USA Today he’s looking forward to focusing solely on All the Way for the next few weeks: “It makes my life a little simpler, to just do the play and then go home, eat well, take my vitamins, get some sleep and come back to rehearse some more. I’m living like a monk.”

• According to Variety, Super Bowl viewers will be able to catch an ad for Need for Speed, which stars Aaron Paul.

Aaron Paul talks to HitFix about Hellion, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, and Better Call Saul, saying, “Whenever they want me, I’m there, because it would be nice to jump into Jesse again in his lighter days.”

Check out Aaron Paul in the trailer for A Long Way Down, adapted from Nick Hornby’s book of the same name.

• Speaking with E! Online, Mindy Kaling reveals that Anna Gunn will guest-star as a rival doctor in an upcoming episode of FOX’s The Mindy Project.

TV Fanatic selects Breaking Bad’s nine most badass episodes, starting with the series pilot.

Den of Geek includes Walt on its roster of TV’s good guys gone bad, saying, “Walt long ago earned his place on everyone’s favourite good guy gone unbelievably, irretrievably bad list.”

Lavell Crawford talks to The St. Louis American about winning a Screen Actors Guild award and how his stint on Breaking Bad is “like getting a key to Hollywood.”

Breaking Bad’s script supervisor speaks with her hometown paper, the Journal Star of Peoria, Ill., about the nature of her job and calls Bryan Cranston “one of the most pleasant, kindest, funniest, most talented men I’ve ever had the pleasure to work with.”

A stylist writes in Los Angeles Magazine about choosing a suit (a midnight blue Ted Baker tuxedo) for Michael Bowen (Uncle Jack) to wear to the Screen Actors Guild awards ceremony.

Backstage observes that Bryan Cranston thanked Breaking Bad’s casting directors, Sharon Bialy and Sherry Thomas, during a Screen Actors Guild awards acceptance speech.

Broadway World reports that Betsy Brandt will be a presenter at the Writers Guild Awards ceremony on Feb. 1.

• One upcoming TV highlight, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer, is FX’s Fargo, which starts airing April 15 and features Bob Odenkirk.

Flesh and Bone, a ballet-centered drama from Breaking Bad‘s Moira Walley-Beckett, has been ordered to series by Starz, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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