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Final Season Of 'Mad Men' To Be Split Into Two

AMC has announced that in a move identical to what it did with 'Breaking Bad', the final season of 'Mad Men' will air over the course of two years.

While fans will get an extra episode out of it, compared to the usual 13-episode season, they will have to wait two years for it.

Seven episodes of the drama will air next spring and another seven episodes in the spring of 2015 to wrap up the series.

Spreading the season over two years allows AMC to keep 'Mad Men' around for another year while it develops shows to fill the void. It could also increase ratings as more viewers catch up to the series.

"This approach has worked well for many programs across multiple networks, and, most recently for us with Breaking Bad which attracted nearly double the number of viewers to its second half premiere than had watched any previous episode," says AMC president Charlie Collier.

"We are determined to bring Mad Men a similar showcase. 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."

Series creator Matthew Weiner says they "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. The writers, cast and other artists welcome this unique manner of ending this unique experience."

The first half of Season 7 will be titled 'The Beginning' and the second half will be called 'The End of an Era.'

September 18, 2013 |

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