Splitting the final season of Breaking Bad into two parts has worked out really well for AMC so now they’ve decided to do the same thing with the last season of Mad Men.
The cable channel has announced that they’re increasing the number of episodes of season seven (from 13 to 14 installments) and plan to air them in two halves. The first seven — “The Beginning” — will start airing next spring and the final seven — “The End of an Era” — will begin running in Spring 2015.
Charlie Collier, AMC’s president, said, “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. We are determined to bring Mad Men a similar showcase.”
Mad Men creator/executive producer Matthew Weiner, noted, 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.”
What do you think? Is this a good move or are they stretching the final season out too long?
Count me as one of those split season haters. If they are going to debut seasons a year…a *year* apart they ought to go ahead and make it an actual season and give us 12 episodes. The only reason I hung in for Breaking Bad was because it was such a phenomenal show. I have enjoyed MM up til last season but I will not wait around for the end like dog waiting for a bone.
Longer is better. will be sad to lose them but have to move to future…
Dunno who they asked, but nobody I know likes split seasons.