It worked out pretty well for Breaking Bad, and now AMC is following suit with Mad Men. The network announced today that Mad Men‘s final season will be span across two years. The 14 episode final season will air in two separate 7-episode halves.
The first set of episodes which will air in 2014 are titled “The Beginning,” and the final episodes titled “The End of an Era” will air in 2015.
“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,” Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner in a statement. “The writers, cast and other artists welcome this unique manner of ending this unique experience.”
“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 AMC prez 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 that remain of this iconic series.”