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OTRC: 'Breaking Bad' season 4 premiere set for July 2011 - see trailer (Video)

Bryan Cranston appears in a scene from 'Breaking Bad.' (AMC)

The fourth season premiere of the drug-themed drama series "Breaking Bad," which stars Bryan Cranston, is set to air on July 17 at 10 p.m. ET on AMC, the cable channel has announced.

The show, which has become a cult favorite, follows the life of chemistry teacher Walter White, who leads a secret life as a crystal meth maker and dealer, in part to pay for his cancer treatments and also so he can provide for his family. Season 4 features 13 new one-hour episodes, according to an AMC statement obtained by OnTheRedCarpet.com.

Cranston, 55, has won three Emmy Awards for his leading role, starting in 2008, when the show debuted. "Breaking Bad" has won a total of six Emmys, including one for supporting actor Aaron Paul.

Meanwhile, Cranston is filming the upcoming "Rock of Ages" film. The actor plays the mayor of Los Angeles for the rock musical, set in the city during the 1980s. Cranston has also been cast in a remake of the sci-fi movie "Total Recall," which also stars Colin Farrell and Ethan Hawke.

Cranston played Hal in the sitcom "Malcolm in the Middle" between 2000 and 2006, which earned him three Emmy nominations. He also had parts in shows such as the sitcoms "Seinfeld" and "The King of Queens" and the children's action series "Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers."

Check out a sneak peek trailer for season 4 of "Breaking Bad" below.

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