'Parks and Rec': 'Breaking Bad' actor Jonathan Banks to play Ben's dad

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Ben Wyatt’s dad is… Mike Ehrmentraut?!

It’s true: EW has confirmed that Jonathan Banks, better known to Breaking Bad fans as stoic fixer Mike, has booked a guest role on Parks and Recreation‘s fifth season. (HitFix first reported the news.) Banks will play the yet-unnamed father of Adam Scott’s character, Ben Wyatt. He’ll likely appear in the season’s sixth episode.

“We were working [on] the character description of Ben’s dad,” Parks co-creator Mike Schur told HitFix, “and I said aloud, ‘He should act like Mike Ehrmentraut. So somebody said, ‘Well, why can’t we just get Jonathan Banks?'” Schur and his team are all huge fans of both Banks’s work and AMC’s Emmy-winning series: “To me, at this exactly moment in time, he’s everyone I know’s favorite actor,” Schur explained. “After that arc, he’s the actor about which we’ve spent the most time talking in the room over the last year.”

Banks joins a list of Parks season 5 guest stars that already includes Lucy Lawless and Senators John McCain, Barbara Boxer, and Olympia Snowe. The sitcom returns Thursday, Sept. 20 on NBC.

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