There’s trouble brewing between AMC and Sony television over the fifth (and likely final) season of Breaking Bad.
The two sides have been negotiating over the next season and AMC reportedly wants cost cuts that would include chopping the fifth season down from the usual 13 episodes to six or eight installments. Creator Vince Gilligan and his team reportedly rejected that idea. That’s led to Sony sending out feelers to at least three other cable channels to gauge interest in picking up the series.
Both AMC and Sony indicate that they want to work out a deal. If they can’t and Breaking Bad moves to another channel, that could mean that Gilligan and his crew would have to commit to more than just one more season. Understandably, it would be highly unlikely for another outlet to want to take over the show for only one more season.
This isn’t the first issue that AMC has had over finances. Shows get more expensive to produce as they go on and AMC recently made a very expensive deal with Matt Weiner to keep Mad Men on the air. That comes at a cost and Breaking Bad isn’t the only show to feel the pinch. The Walking Dead saw its per-episode budget cut by $250,000 and soonafter, executive producer Frank Darabont left the show.
AMC is currently airing season four of Breaking Bad on Sunday nights. The July 17th premiere scored the show’s highest ratings to date. The season finale is expected to air on October 9th.
What do you think? Does it matter to you how many episodes are in season five? Would you like to see Breaking Bad continue past year five?
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