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AMC to Split the Final Season of MAD MEN in Half to Air in 2014 and 2015

Posted on September 17, 2013 at 1:13 pm by David "Snackbar" Edmundson

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With one third of their marquee shows ending in a a couple weeks with Breaking Bad, AMC is looking to hold on to the other two as long as possible. We reported yesterday that AMC was going to debut a second Walking Dead series, and now it appears that the upcoming seventh and final season of Mad Men will be split into two 7-episode halves airing in 2014 and 2015. The move is similar to what they did this season with Breaking Bad, although you could argue that Breaking Bad was on the ascension, where as Mad Men has grown stale and boring. The first half of Mad Men’s final season will be dubbed “The Beginning” and will air in spring 2014, and the second half of the season will be titled “The End of an Era” and is slated to air in spring 2015.

Speaking with the LA Times, Matthew Weiner seemed enthusiastic about the dual approach to ending his critical favorite series:

“We plan to take advantage of this chance to have a more elaborate story told in two parts, which can resonate a little bit longer in the minds of our audience,” he said. “The writers, cast and other artists welcome this unique manner of ending this unique experience.”

There are only two episodes of Breaking Bad left before that series ends and AMC recently canceled (for the second time) The Killing after three seasons, so clearly the network is looking for ways to stay relevant after its veteran shows conclude.  A Breaking Bad spin off series is currently in development for AMC as well.

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