The US version of The Office recently announced that they’re closing up shop and that this next season will be their last. Until that time, they’re pulling out all of the stops to give us the final season we deserve including bringing on Breaking Bad‘s Bryan Cranston to guest-direct an episode of the hit NBC series.
We didn’t even know, but it turns out that the Malcolm in the Middle and Breaking Bad star is also quite talented behind the camera and will be bringing a taste of his directorial accomplishments to NBC’s The Office in its ninth and final season. The news kind-of sort-of broke yesterday when Rainn Wilson (Dwight Schrute on the beloved show) tweeted “Free meth for The Office! (look who’s directing…)” along with a picture of himself alongside Cranston. NBC later confirmed that Schrute’s leak is legitimate and that Cranston is indeed directing an episode.
Cranston is best known to audiences for his appearances in hit TV shows, but the 56-year-old isn’t new to directing. He directed an episode of Modern Family last season as well as a handful of episodes for Malcolm in the Middle. As for his tour de force involvement in Breaking Bad? He directed an episode that will air next season.
Cranston’s influence as director even inspired fellow actor Jon Hamm to get into the game. Hamm directed for the first time on the fifth season of another AMC hit,Mad Men.
Cranston’s The Office episode, titled “Work Bus,” will air on October 18.