LOS ANGELES (CBS/AP) — CBS says “Breaking Bad” star Bryan Cranston is coming back to “How I Met Your Mother.”

Cranston will reprise his role as Hammond Druthers, who was Ted’s old boss until he had a meltdown, the network said Wednesday. Ted is played by series star Josh Radnor.

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It’s a change of pace for Cranston, who plays teacher-turned-meth maker Walter White on AMC’s “Breaking Bad.” The program, which won a best drama Emmy Award last weekend, airs its series finale on Sunday.

Cranston won three consecutive Best Actor Emmys for playing White.

Before “Bad,” Cranston was mostly known for sitcom work as Tim the dentist on a half-dozen episodes of”Seinfeld” (1994-97) and as Hal, the harried dad on “Malcolm in the Middle” (2000-2006.)

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“How I Met Your Mother” began its final season on Monday.

The actor’s first big break came on the now-defunct ABC soap opera “Loving” in 1983.

Cranston is also playing former President Lyndon Baines Johnson in “All The Way,” a play set after the Kennedy assassination at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The play runs through October 12.

Recently, Cranston shot down rumors that he has been signed to play villain Lex Luthor in the “Man of Steel” sequel.

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