AMC Announces Summer Premieres for 'Breaking Bad', 'Hell on Wheels' & 'Small Town Security'

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May 21st, 2012

Breaking Bad Season 3

via press release:

Network Also Debuts New Unscripted Series, “Small Town Security,”
July 15 at 11pm
“Hell on Wheels” Season 2 Returns Sunday, August 12 at 9pm
New York - May 21, 2012 - AMC announced today its summer programming slate, including the highly anticipated premiere of the first part of “Breaking Bad’s” final season on Sunday, July 15 at 10pm ET/PT.  The final season of the Emmy® Award-winning and critically acclaimed drama, produced by Sony Pictures Television, consists of 16 episodes, with the first eight episodes beginning July 15 and culminating with the series’ final eight episodes next summer 2013. Also this summer, the network debuts its newest unscripted series, “Small Town Security,” on Sunday, July 15 at 11pm ET/PT and season two of the epic western “Hell on Wheels” Sunday, August 12 at 9pm ET/PT.
Over four seasons, “Breaking Bad” has garnered a total of six Emmys® wins; a Peabody Award; it has been named to the American Film Institute’s (AFI) list of the “Top 10 Programs of the Year” (2008, 2010, 2011); and been heralded as one of the best TV dramas on television. Filmed on location in Albuquerque, NM, the series stars 2008, 2009 and 2010’s Emmy® Award winner for Outstanding Lead Actor Bryan Cranston; 2010 Emmy® winner for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Aaron Paul; Anna Gunn; Dean Norris; Betsy Brandt; RJ Mitte; Bob Odenkirk; and Jonathan Banks. “Breaking Bad” is produced by High Bridge and Gran Via Productions in association with Sony Pictures Television for AMC. “Breaking Bad” Season 4 will be available on Blu-ray and DVD on June 5. For more information, visit recently posted the following clip featuring Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul on set in Albuquerque:
Immediately following “Breaking Bad” is AMC’s new unscripted series, “Small Town Security” (formerly “JJK Security”), which focuses on a small, family-owned private security company located in rural Georgia.  Executive produced by Ken Druckerman and Banks Tarver from Left/Right (“This American Life,” “Boomtown,” “Mob Wives”), season one consists of eight, half-hour episodes.

The second season of “Hell on Wheels” continues its epic story of post-Civil War America, focusing on Cullen Bohannon (Anson Mount), a former Confederate soldier, and his dramatic journey west as he struggles to leave his past behind. Executive produced by John Shiban (“Breaking Bad,” “The X-Files”), Joe and Tony Gayton (Faster, Uncommon Valor) and Endemol USA’s Jeremy Gold, the show depicts the traveling town known as ‘Hell on Wheels,’ a dangerous, raucous, lawless melting pot that follows and services the construction of the first transcontinental railroad. “Hell on Wheels” also stars Common as Elam Ferguson; Colm Meaney as Thomas “Doc” Durant;  Dominique McElligott as Lily Bell; Christopher Heyerdahl as The Swede; and Robin McLeavy as Eva; Tom Noonan as Reverend Cole; Ben Esler as Sean McGinnes; Philip Burke as Mickey McGinnes; and Eddie Spears as Joseph Black Moon. The series is executive produced by Endemol USA with Entertainment One (eOne) serving as the studio. Season two consists of 10, one-hour episodes.

  • Julia

    Why is AMC waiting a whole year between two 8 episode halves of a season? This is horrible, horrible, horrible news.

  • Juice.

    I hate the idea of waiting a year in between the same season. Now I want the world to end even less than before.

  • J

    That is a long wait….they should of put it back in like February like The Walking Dead did….oh well it will amazing regardless.

  • Justin

    This is what I was afraid of when they settled on 16 episodes. Had it just been 13 we wouldn’t have had to wait an entire extra year.

  • Liz


    Why is AMC waiting a whole year between two 8 episode halves of a season?

    Emmys, maybe?

  • Brandon

    Yes! Finally an actual date to look forward too!

  • Harris

    It’s not the same season if it’s a year apart. That’s silly. It’s two seasons. AMC, cut the BS.

  • Julia

    Then they should have renewed it for two full final seasons. Calling it one season, but splitting two 8 episode halves with a full year between them should not be acceptable to anyone.

  • marc


    It’s obviously all about the money and awards (Two half-seasons means two more possible Emmy awards).

    At least we’re getting a real ending, I’m okay with that.

  • AC75

    The longer they string it out they longer they can promote it and hopefully generate cash and viewers. This is pretty much like having 2 seasons to look forward to now. The first season was just 6 shows, wasn’t it? I don’t mind so much.

  • Robert Seidman

    @Julia: totally acceptable to me, but I don’t feel like I’m owed TV shows on a certain schedule, but to cry foul at it seems dopey to me. Walking Dead survived it fine in its first season, as does Game of Thrones (10 episode seasons with a year in between). True Blood survives it every year.

  • Jadine

    5 more months till the Walking Dead returns.. that’s all that matter to me

  • Julia

    And each of those were considered separate seasons.

  • Robert Seidman

    @Julia, so? That consideration does nothing to “acceptability.”

  • DamC

    1 16-episode season spread over two years is the same as two 8-episode seasons…

  • The Original J

    What I don’t understand about splitting up the final 16 episodes by an entire year is this — if you have them in the bag, why not air them? Why wait an entire year? You’re just sitting on them instead of airing them.

  • Chris H

    @Julia, Actually season two of The Walking Dead was split into two smaller halves..granted not a year apart, but still several months, it will be fine.

  • chrisss

    Interesting scheduling from AMC… first The Killing leads into Mad Men and now Hell on Wheels will lead into Breaking Bad. Maybe it’s just me, but I would’ve thought the veterans would’ve got the 9pm slots.

  • chrisss

    @ The Original

    I’m assuming it’s because AMC want to make sure they have something new to air Summer 2013, with there being no guarantee that Hell on Wheels will get a third season or that they’ll pick up any of their pilots to series.

  • Bunk

    SO glad that we finally get a start date for the season. Eight episodes does seem short, but that’s only because I enjoy the show so much. I like to consider 10 episodes the minimum, but several shows I like have or have had seasons that are shorter. Luther and Sherlock both have ANNOYINGLY short seasons (which may be normal for some British shows, but still frustrating), so I’m ok with eight new episodes of Breaking Bad to get me through the summer.

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