‘Breaking Bad’ Meets ‘Masked Singer’ as Jonathan Banks Intros New Fox Boss Charlie Collier at TCA

TCA 2019: “Let this be a cautionary tale about what you would do for a friend,” AMC star says

Last Updated: February 6, 2019 @ 12:50 PM

Television critics witnessed the “Breaking Bad” and “Masked Singer” crossover no one knew they wanted when Jonathan Banks introduced former AMC Networks head Charlie Collier as Fox’s new entertainment chief — while dressed as a hippo.

“Masked Singer” features celebrities singing while disguised as mysterious characters, including Hippo. Hippo walked out onstage at the Television Critics Association pretending to be Collier — then uttered, “Christ on a crutch,” and revealed himself to be Banks, an alum of both “Breaking Bad” and “Better Call Saul,” two staples of AMC under Collier’s leadership.

“Let this be a cautionary tale about what you would do for a friend,” Banks said. “I said I’d do anything for him, but this, this, please, Jesus, this is ridiculous.”

Banks then turned serious to introduce Collier as an executive who has been “so good to me” over the years.

When Collier took the stage to talk about his plans for the network, he mentioned what a “crazy” show “Breaking Bad” was, adding: “If there is one thing that I’ve learned in this business, it’s that crazy is in the eye of the beholder.”

That’s probably the right attitude for the man whose network airs “The Masked Singer.”