TV Bites: Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston to Host Saturday Night Live

cranstonnewer225.jpgAlso in this morning's TV Bites: Fox hooks up with Foxx... Locke & Key gets locked down... and more ahead.

· October is shaping up to be a good month for Saturday Night Live. Previously, Movieline revealed that Jane Lynch would be hosting the Oct. 9 edition of the sketch comedy series, and now comes word that three-time Emmy winner Bryan Cranston will host on Oct. 2. "I'm so thrilled and excited," the Breaking Bad star told ESPN Radio. (Because where else would a three-time Emmy winner go to break news about a future venture?) It will be his first time hosting. [LAT/Show Tracker]

· Speaking of sketch comedy... Fox has ordered 13 episodes of what's tentatively being called The Jamie Foxx Project for mid-season. (Yes, that Jamie Foxx.) The Oscar winner will produce the comedy series, which is supposedly in the vein of In Living Color. Bring on the Fly Girls! [Deadline]

· You remember Locke & Key, right? It's the overloaded-with-producing-talent television project (Steven Spielberg, Josh Friedman, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci) based on the comic book from Stephen King's son, Joe Hill, that sounds like The Chronicles of Narnia with Boston accents? Well, now it has a network: Fox. Congratulations, millionaires! [THR]

· Maybe Party Down was holding John Enbom back. The writer/producer has just been attached to his second awesome-sounding project in as many weeks for NBC. This time it's Free Agents, a British import that he's producing with Simon Pegg, about an agent going through a messy divorce. You'll enjoy it because Enbom wrote 17 of the 20 Party Down episodes. [Variety]

· Attention nerds: Neil Gaiman's The Sandman is headed to television. Warner Bros. TV is attempting to acquire rights from sister company DC Entertainment with several writers -- including Supernatural creator Eric Kripke -- lined up to adapt. [THR/The Live Feed]

· Great news for my mom and at least a handful of you: The TNT series Memphis Beat has been renewed for a second season. [THR]



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