Tanner Stransky
September 03, 2010 AT 04:54 PM EDT

Image Credit: Dr. Billy Ingram/WireImage.comIt seems that Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston is chasing his third Emmy win on Sunday evening by announcing that he’ll host Saturday Night Live‘s second episode of the season on Oct. 2. Even though NBC gave a “no comment” when asked to confirm or deny the news, the actor talked about the gig earlier this week on ESPN Radio.

As soon as I heard that Cranston would be up in Studio 8H, I got flashes of Mad Men‘s Jon Hamm, who has hosted the show twice to great success, in my head. No, silly: Hamm didn’t pop into my head because he and Cranston’s very fine, Emmy-winning dramas are both on AMC, but rather, because it seems that hosting the late-night comedy show could have the same serious-actor-turned-funny effect for Cranston that it did for Hamm. Yes, yes, I realize that Cranston’s huge breakout role was actually the comedy Malcolm in the Middle, in which he was very hilarious. But now that he plays such a heavy, drug-dealing-type character on television, it will be refreshing to see him do something more lighthearted and mocking. And to boot, because of the serious role he currently plays, his being funny on Saturday Night Live will only have that much more effect. (That was certainly the case with Hamm.) Picking Cranston is a genius move. Honestly, how did it take this long for SNL to ask him to do it? Regardless, can’t wait for Oct. 2. Are you similarly as stoked PopWatchers?

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