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'Breaking Bad' spinoff signs Jonathan Banks to reprise 'Mike' as series regular

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Good news for Breaking Bad fans still lamenting the end of the hugely popular cable series. It was confirmed Monday that actor Jonathan Banks will reprise his role of Mike Ehrmantraut as a series regular in the "Breaking Bad" spinoff Better Call Saul.

Reps for AMC and producers Sony Pictures Television confirmed the casting news to The Hollywood Reporter on Jan. 27. The spinoff is in the starting stages of production, and is expected to air sometime in November.

Banks will reprise his Mike character, joining Bob Odenkirk as a series regular in the Albuquerque-set prequel. Odenkirk stars in "Better Call Saul", reprising his role as fixer attorney Saul Goodman.

Creator Vince Gilligan said in October that there's an inherent danger in doing a spinoff, but he just couldn't resist. He hopes he'll be able to bring back many of the original characters from the award-winning series, saying, "Personally, I'd have a hard time resisting putting all these guys in for a cameo or two every now and then."

Possible cameos for stars Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul are still on the table for the new series, which has yet to nail down any other cast regulars aside from Odenkirk and now Banks.

Jonathan Banks was a series regular for two and a half seasons of "Breaking Bad". His Mike role earned him an Emmy nomination in 2013.

Banks currently has a recurring role on the NBC comedy "Community".


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