Nellie Andreeva

AMC is having a hard time saying goodbye to its signature dramas. After splitting the final season of Breaking Bad into two parts to air in 2012 and 2013, the network is doing the same for Mad Men, the series that launched the AMC Original Series brand. To do that, the seventh-season order of Mad Men has been upped from 13 to 14 episodes — seven to air in spring of 2014 (“The Beginning”) and the final seven (“The End Of An Era”) airing in spring 2015. “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,” said Charlie Collier, AMC president. “We are determined to bring Mad Men a similar showcase.” Added Mad Men creator/executive producer Matthew Weiner. “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 first half of the final season of Mad Men will premiere on AMC this spring.

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