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Cranston coming back

CBS says “Breaking Bad” star Bryan Cranston is coming back to “How I Met Your Mother.”

Cranston will reprise his role as Hammond Druthers, who was Ted’s old boss until he had a meltdown, the network said Wednesday. Ted is played by series star Josh Radnor.

It’s a real change of pace for Cranston, who plays teacher-turned-meth maker Walter White on AMC’s “Breaking Bad.” The series, which won a best drama Emmy Award last weekend, airs its season finale Sunday.

Sinise aids first responders

Actor Gary Sinise, well-known for his role as Lieutenant Dan in the movie “Forrest Gump,” has made a large donation to help first responders who rescued people and fought the most destructive wildfire in Colorado history.

Black Forest Fire Chief Bob Harvey choked back tears Tuesday while accepting the nearly $60,000 check he says his department desperately needs.

KKTV-TV reports the largely volunteer fire department this summer lost many expensive pieces of equipment, including radios and fire hoses, while battling Black Forest Fire northeast of Colorado Springs. Those will all be replaced.

The money comes from the Gary Sinise Foundation. Sinise sent a video message saying he was happy to help out.

Jay-Z at Barneys for holidays

Jay-Z’s latest collaboration is with Barneys New York, whose flagship store is creating an “immersive gallery space” with him for the holidays.

The partnership will include limited-edition Jay-Z designs, including watches and a humidor, along with products from Balenciaga, Balmain, Lanvin, Proenza Schouler and other designers, all in a palette of black, white, gold and silver.

A quarter of sales will go to Jay-Z’s Shawn Carter Foundation, which helps low-income students cover college costs.

In a statement, Jay-Z said the project takes inspiration from “the slickness, energy and innovation of New York City.”

Artist Joanie Lemercier was brought in to help design the gallery space and the store’s famous Madison Avenue windows.

The store previously collaborated with Lady Gaga. The Jay-Z collection will be available beginning Nov. 20.

Fey opens ‘SNL’ season

When “Saturday Night Live” returns this weekend for its 39th year, executive producer Lorne Michaels won’t be fretting.

“We’re gonna do a good show,” he declared. “Every time Tina has come back, the show’s been great.”

He’s talking about former “SNL” regular and frequent guest Tina Fey, of course, back again to host this season premiere (Saturday at 11:30 p.m. EDT on NBC, with musical guest Arcade Fire).

Joining Michaels for a phone interview Tuesday, Fey laughingly labeled “a coincidence” her presence on any good shows she’s guest-hosted. But she offered a couple of ways she might be serving “SNL” well this week.

“One, I have nothing to promote,” she promised, “so we’ve got plenty of time for other things.

“Two, I’m always happy to play straight person, so, hopefully, the cast will get to do more than when they have other kinds of hosts.”