Bryan Cranston is coming back to TV. The “Breaking Bad” star will headline Showtime’s new limited series “Your Honor,” the network announced Thursday at the Television Critics Association press tour.
From “The Good Wife” and “The Good Fight” executive producers Robert and Michelle King, the 10-episode series is a legal thriller set in New Orleans. Cranston, who will also serve as an executive producer, will play a respected judge whose son is involved in a hit-and-run that leads to a “a high-stakes game of lies, deceit and impossible choices,” per the logline. Peter Moffat, whose British series “Criminal Justice” was the basis of HBO’s “The Night Of,” will serve as showrunner and pen multiple episodes.
“Peter, Michelle and Robert have crafted an original thriller with gut-wrenching suspense, raw emotion and moral complexity,” Gary Levine, Showtime’s entertainment president, said in a statement. “And we are simply ecstatic that Bryan Cranston, one of the planet’s finest actors, shares our enthusiasm and has agreed to play the lead. I can’t wait to shoot ‘Your Honor’ and show it to the world!”
Production will start later this year in New Orleans with an eye toward a 2020 premiere, so pencil Cranston in for a Best Limited Series/TV Movie Actor Emmy nomination.
This marks Cranston’s first series lead role since the 2013 end of “Breaking Bad,” for which he earned four Best Drama Actor Emmys and two as a producer for its Best Drama Series wins. He’s since done supporting and guest roles on such shows as “Sneaky Pete,” which he co-created, and “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” for which he earned an Emmy bid last year for Best Comedy Guest Actor. Cranston, who’s currently starring in “Network” on Broadway, received another Emmy nomination and won a Screen Actors Guild Award for his performance as President Lyndon B. Johnson in the 2016 HBO movie “All the Way.”