Following in the footsteps of "Breaking Bad," AMC announced Tuesday it will break up the final season of its other big hit TV series "Mad Men" into two installments spread over next year and 2015.
AMC said each installment will have a seven-episode arc, with episodes titled "The Beginning" airing in the spring of 2014 with "The End of an Era" airing the following spring, according to the New York Times
"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," said Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner.
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The Times said the decision spotlights AMC effort to prolong the network's success with two of its most successful shows closing out. "Breaking Bad" concludes this month and the "Mad Men" announcement will extend its life for another season.
It also buys time for developing spinoffs to "Breaking Bad" and AMC's other hit, "The Walking Dead," to find an audience, according to the Hollywood Reporter
"'Mad Men' has had a transcendent impact on our popular culture, and it has played a prominent role in building our Lionsgate brand," said Lionsgate Television Group chairman Kevin Beggs, according to the Hollywood Reporter. "We anticipate a remarkable seventh season thanks to the brilliance of Matthew Weiner, the entire creative and production team, and our tremendous partnership with AMC. We're all working to ensure that the series will have the kind of powerful send-off it so richly deserves."
"Mad Men" has won 15 Emmy Awards for AMC even though it has not quite equaled the rating success of "Breaking Bad" and "The Walking Dead." Its last season finale drew 2.7 million, tying the most watched season finale for the show to date.
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"In an era where high-end content is savored and analyzed, and catch-up time is used well to drive back to live events, we believe this is the best way to release the now 14 episodes than remain of this iconic series," said AMC president Charlie Collier.
Weiner told the New York Times that the 14 episodes will be shot in one production cycle.
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