AMC will give the seventh and last season of "Mad Men" the "Breaking Bad" treatment and split it up over two years. The network announced today that the upcoming final season will run for 14 episodes instead of the usual 13 and will air seven in the spring of 2014 and seven in the spring of 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," explained AMC's 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."
"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," added series creator and showrunner Matthew Weiner. "The writers, cast and other artists welcome this unique manner of ending this unique experience."
Obviously, this also gives AMC a chance to drag its most prestigious series out a little longer. "Mad Men" premiered in 2007, with a first season set in 1960, and has since run through the decade, with the most recent season taking place between December 1967 and November 1968.