By Dan Snierson
Updated December 16, 2008 at 12:00 PM EST

Good news for Bad fans: Bob Odenkirk will guest-star in five episodes of AMC’s Breaking Bad, has learned. The comedic actor (Mr. Show) is taking a more dramatic turn as a slippery, ambulance-chasing lawyer who winds up serving as consigliere to Walt (Bryan Cranston). “He’s a wise oracle in a clownish package,” says Breaking creator Vince Gilligan about the character. Meanwhile, John de Lancie (Star Trek: The Next Generation) will appear in three episodes of the drama, which returns for season 2 in March.

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