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Bryan Cranston’s in a New Showtime Series, and It Looks Amazing

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“Dad, I hit somebody,” says a handsome young man. Before that, though, he’s alone in the middle of an empty street, a car erratically parked behind him. He wears a thousand-yard stare and holds his phone with his shaking, blood-drenched hands.

“What’s your emergency?” says the 911 operator, but the kid admits nothing between his heavy, panicked breaths. Eventually, he hangs up.

Instead, he calls his father, a judge. “I hit somebody,” he says.

“And I left him.”

Bryan Cranston is back

“Oh my God,” Judge Michael Desiato (Bryan Cranston) says to his son. “Don’t tell anyone. Not ever.”

Coincidentally, “Oh my God” is what every television junkie is saying in anticipation of seeing Cranston return to the screen as a judge who’s about to do everything in his power to protect his son from the law.

“I can do this – I can keep you safe if no one ever knows about this, ever,” Desiato says in the trailer.

The Emmy-award sweeping actor who could play both the childlike Hal on “Malcolm in the Middle” and the pained drug kingpin Walter White on “Breaking Bad” with equal brilliance is taking his talents to Showtime for a new show, “Your Honor.”

The ten-episode thriller will premiere in December of 2020.

‘Your Honor’

In Showtime’s synopsis of the upcoming series, they describe Cranston’s role as “New Orleans judge Michael Desiato, who is forced to confront his own deepest convictions when his son is involved in a hit and run that embroils an organized crime family.”

The show is an adaptation of an Israeli series called “Kvodo.” The Israeli version had 12 episodes and premiered this year. The synopsis of that particular series reveals more about what we can expect from the U.S. version:

As the son of a reputed judge gets involved in a hit and run, we see how even the most upright people break In order to save their family. The judge sacrifices relationships and subverts the law to save his son from a vengeful gangster.

The role, then, will obviously lean a little more Walter White than Hal. But with Cranston, you can pretty much guarantee the character will feel completely unique. For many, the mark of a brilliant actor is their ability to make one forget that they’re just playing pretend, and Cranston’s ability to do that is unmatched.

It’s no wonder he’s won four Emmys! And I have a feeling he’s going to be up for some more once “Your Honor” airs.

Watch: Your Honor (2020) Official Trailer