Mad Men Final Series Will Be Spread Over Two Years
AMC confirms that final season of hit show will be split into two...
The final season of Mad Menwill be split into two sections and extended to 14 episodes, it has been revealed.
US TV channel AMC, which bankrolls the hit show, has confirmed that seven episodes will be screened in spring 2014, with the final seven instalments set to air in spring 2015.
The channel's other big hit, Breaking Bad, adopted a similar strategy for its final series and an exec at AMC said it had inspired the Mad Men move.
"This approach has worked well for many programmes 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," AMC president Charlie Collier explained.
"We are determined to bring Mad Men a similar showcase. In an era where high-end content is savoured and analysed, 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 that remain of this iconic series."
And show creator Matthew Weiner said he expected the move to boost the quality of the final 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.
"The writers, cast and other artists welcome this unique manner of ending this unique experience."