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  • Chris Beachum
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    NEW YORK, NY, Sept. 17, 2013 –
    AMC announced today that the final season of the Lionsgate series
    Mad Men will be expanded to 14 episodes and equally portioned
    with seven episodes airing in spring of 2014 (“The Beginning”) and the
    final seven episodes of this iconic series (“The End of an Era”) airing
    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,” said
    Charlie Collier, AMC president. “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,” said
    Matthew Weiner, creator and executive producer, Mad Men. “The writers, cast and other artists welcome this unique manner of ending this unique experience.”
     

    Mad Men
    has had a transcendent impact on our popular culture, and it has played a
    prominent role in building our Lionsgate brand,” said Kevin Beggs,
    Chairman, Lionsgate Television Group. “We anticipate a remarkable
    seventh season thanks to the brilliance of Matthew
    Weiner, the entire creative and production team, and our tremendous
    partnership with AMC.  We’re all working to ensure that the series will
    have the kind of powerful send-off it so richly deserves.” 
     

    The first half of the final season of
    Mad Men will premiere on AMC this spring.
     

    Since the series premiere in 2007, “Mad Men” has become one of television’s
    most honored shows.  The show has earned six Emmy® Award nominations for
    Outstanding Drama Series leading to four wins for Outstanding Drama
    Series.  Additional honors for the series includes:  three Golden Globe®
    Awards for Best Television Drama Series; a
    Peabody Award; three Producers Guild Awards; four Writers Guild Awards;
    two BAFTA Awards; five Television Critics Association Awards including
    Program of the Year, and being named five years running to AFI’s Top 10
    Outstanding Television Programs.

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    Awardzilla
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    AMC milking its Mad Men worth. It would have been a crisis for them to have to lose their two starlets in 12 months.

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    Anonymous
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    I’ll move my post here: I wonder if 7 episodes really means 8, like a 2-hour premiere followed by 6 more weeks. If not, their drama submissions are going to be next-to-everything, which is tricky. It’s probably part of why West Wing kept beating Sopranos.

    On the other hand, all the eps should air within the proper period, so yay for that. And:
    2014 Directing/Actor winner – Breaking Bad
    2015 Directing/Actor winner – Mad Men


    Given how some characters sit multiple eps out, I wonder who the SAG Ensemble nominees would be; each actor can only miss one episode – i.e. January Jones was ignored last season because she was in only 4 eps.  

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    Riley
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    Are you kidding me?

    (For the record, the bonus episode was previously announced and was a creative decision by Weiner.)

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    moviefan61794
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    I’ve said this elsewhere, but this really grinds my gears. This is AMC milking out all the awards it can get from Mad Men (although that’s certainly been a small bit recently). I don’t watch the show, although I’ve seen tapes from the past couple of years and such, but I think it’s way past it’s time and just needed to go. There is a difference from BB which was exciting, groundbreaking drama with edge-of-your-seat action that had people craving for more…Mad Men is not that kind of show. AMC still has The Walking Dead so its not like they’re losing everything by ending Breaking Bad and Mad Men, but you’ve gotta know when a show needs to end at some point, right?

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    Nate
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    Great. Two more years of “will they or won’t they” with regard to Emmys for Mad Men actors. On the plus side, no pressure to choose between the last hurrahs of BB and MM. I just hope that the quality is there for all 14 episodes.

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    Icky
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    This is bullshit, but can’t say I’m surprised.

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    outsider
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    This is getting ridiculous now.

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    24Emmy
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    Ugh? Two more years of Mad Men at the Emmys? I hope they finally kick it out of Drama Series next year.

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    Alijah Purdy
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    I agree with most other people here that this is ridiculous. They’re trying to do what they did with Breaking Bad, but Breaking Bad was a whole other story than Mad Men, and was actually the complete opposite.

    For Mad Men, it had critical acclaim when it first premiered, including fantastic ratings, and everyone was talking about it. However, as the show became older and older, ratings started to decline, and less and less mainstream media people were talking about it (especially nowadays).

    However, Breaking Bad is the complete opposite. When Breaking Bad first premiered, while it had critical buzz, not alot of mainstream media was talking about it. However, as the show got older and older, it became more critically acclaimed, and more and more mainstream people began watching and talking about it (especially now). Which is part of the reason why people understand and are not upset with Breaking Bad for splitting its final season into two separate summers.

    But this is bullshit! AMC needs to move on!

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    Atypical
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    This means another cycle of Emmy eligibility without “Breaking Bad” around. I’m perfectly fine with this development.

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    24Emmy
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    I expect AMC will add a Taking Mad show and then later announce a spinoff.

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    Renaton
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    I think this might be less about awards (although it’s still a little bit) and more about Mad Men being around until they can’t get another drama off the ground. After Low Winter Sun failing to get acclaim and not living up to its Breaking Bad lead-in, and after The Killing got cancelled (again), it seems they want Mad Men around a bit longer in case one of their two new dramas fail.

    Still ridiculous though. 

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    Gabriel
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    This is ridiculous indeed. Sounds like they’re anticipating a LOTR-like sweep for Breaking Bad next year, and don’t want Mad Men’s final season overshadowed at the Emmys next year.

    Shameless.

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    Icky
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    They’re really not doing Mad Men any favors Emmy-wise. It won’t be able to gain any traction next year, and they’ll be contending with so many unknowns with its final episodes competing two years from now.

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