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Mad Men will split its final season to air in 2014 and 2015

09.17.2013

Taking a cue from BREAKING BAD, MAD MEN will stretch it's final season over the next two years. The number of episodes will increase to 14 (one more than usual) and will be split in half: 7 airing in the Spring of 2014 and the other 7 in the Spring of 2015. They are calling each half of the season "The Beginning" and "The End of an Era" respectively.

MAD MEN was the launching pad for drama series on FX and paved the way for shows like BREAKING BAD, THE KILLING, RUBICON, LOW WINTER SUN, HELL ON WHEELS, and THE WALKING DEAD. While THE WALKING DEAD is getting a spin-off to capitalize on the high ratings of the zombie drama, BREAKING BAD and MAD MEN have always benefited from having shorter seasons with higher quality episodes. Is adding one additional episode going to make that much of a difference? Creator Matthew Weiner thinks so:

“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. The writers, cast and other artists welcome this unique manner of ending this unique experience.”

For me this sounds like an attempt to boost ratings. BREAKING BAD gained an enormous push from marketing the final episodes of the series, but the saga of Walter White is also a mystery with an ending everyone wants to see resolved. MAD MEN is mysterious, but not in the same way. I love both shows, but I am not looking forward to this split.

The seventh and final season of MAD MEN will begin around April 2014.

Source: Deadline

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7:01AM on 09/18/2013
Ugh. I hope this isn't becoming the latest trend. Just call it a new season. Breaking Bad is clearly on it's 6th season. They took a yearlong break on a total cliffhanger, and the tone, and mood of the show shifted dramatically. Just call it what it is and stop short changing us for more ratings.
Ugh. I hope this isn't becoming the latest trend. Just call it a new season. Breaking Bad is clearly on it's 6th season. They took a yearlong break on a total cliffhanger, and the tone, and mood of the show shifted dramatically. Just call it what it is and stop short changing us for more ratings.
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6:49AM on 09/18/2013

This sucks

If ever they wanted me to care less about my favorite show, they've found the secret recipe...
If ever they wanted me to care less about my favorite show, they've found the secret recipe...
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3:51AM on 09/18/2013
Total dick move by AMC
Total dick move by AMC
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10:33PM on 09/17/2013
Its clearly just for AMC to have an extra year of emmy award nominations from the show, but having one extra episode is nice. Why not just make it 16 episodes though? Then you get two full months of episodes for each half with 8.
Its clearly just for AMC to have an extra year of emmy award nominations from the show, but having one extra episode is nice. Why not just make it 16 episodes though? Then you get two full months of episodes for each half with 8.
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7:56PM on 09/17/2013
Apple's gonna get sued again.
Apple's gonna get sued again.
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7:15PM on 09/17/2013
Just be honest about the motivations, how long do you really need to have someting resonate? I'm good with the week between episodes
Just be honest about the motivations, how long do you really need to have someting resonate? I'm good with the week between episodes
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4:01PM on 09/17/2013

It's AMC not FX, son

You're welcome.
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6:50AM on 09/18/2013
And it's "its" not "it's" when using the possessive, as long as we're piling on :)
And it's "its" not "it's" when using the possessive, as long as we're piling on :)
3:49PM on 09/17/2013
So fucking sick of this "split season" bollocks.
So fucking sick of this "split season" bollocks.
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3:21PM on 09/17/2013
It's such bullshit, but if that means getting a better ending to a incredible, brilliant show then I am all for it.

Jon Hamm better win an emmy that year. The guy has never won an emmy for his incredible work season after season.
It's such bullshit, but if that means getting a better ending to a incredible, brilliant show then I am all for it.

Jon Hamm better win an emmy that year. The guy has never won an emmy for his incredible work season after season.
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3:10PM on 09/17/2013

It is for Hamm to win the Golden Globe

After Cranston's performance on Sunday, which was incredible, I guess they knew Hamm would never beat him next year at the globes and Emmys so they extended it to another season. I don't care though because more "Mad Men" is not a bad thing. I like breaking bad but I LOVE "Mad Men" and will be sad when it ends.
After Cranston's performance on Sunday, which was incredible, I guess they knew Hamm would never beat him next year at the globes and Emmys so they extended it to another season. I don't care though because more "Mad Men" is not a bad thing. I like breaking bad but I LOVE "Mad Men" and will be sad when it ends.
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3:01PM on 09/17/2013
BULLSHIT!
BULLSHIT!
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