Breaking Bad's Mike Saunters Over to Parks and Recreation

Well now that Jonathan Banks is out of a job due to (spoilers) his untimely demise at the hand of Walter White on Breaking Bad, he's having little trouble finding new work. But now he's popping up in a show that you probably wouldn't expect him.

Yes, Banks is coming to Parks and Recreation. How exactly does someone so severe fit in with the cast? He'll be playing Ben Wyatt's (Adam Scott's) dad. Co-creator Mike Schur explains via Hitfix:

"We were working the character description of Ben's dad and I said aloud, 'He should act like Mike Ehrmentraut.' So somebody said, 'Well, why can't we just get Jonathan Banks?'"

"To me, at this exactly moment in time, he's everyone I know's favorite actor," says Schur. "After that arc he's the actor about which we've spent the most time talking in the room over the last year. It's awesome. He's going to be here at 2 p.m. today and everyone's geeking out. A lot of the writers are coming up with reasons to be down on the set today."

So it's not just Banks that's coming, it's actually Mike as the two are supposed to act similarly, which is why he was cast in the first place. First the return of Jean-Ralphio and now this? This is shaping up to be one hell of a sixth season for Parks and Recreation. The season premiere is next Thursday, the 20th at 9:30.


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