'Mad Men' Final Season to Be Split Into Two Seven-Episode Halves

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September 17th, 2013

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AMC Orders Extra Episode, 14 Episodes To Be Equally Portioned Between Spring 2014 And 2015


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.

The show stars Jon Hamm, January Jones, Vincent Karthheiser, Elisabeth Moss, Christina Hendricks, John Slattery, Aaron Staton, Rich Sommer, Robert Morse, Kiernan Shipka, Jessica Pare and Kevin Rahm.

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  • Raykov

    sooo… they just want these extra nomination spots on the EMMYs. I thought they’d do it.

  • Rod

    Just like Breaking Bad — smart move though.

  • Patrick Ausgewahlt

    They may have worked for Breaking Bad, but I think that it will probably not help Mad Men a ton

  • Jim

    Wouldn’t that be two seasons?

  • Chris Etrata

    @Jim Yes it would.

  • Michael1

    Is there a minimum number of episodes threshold to be considered a “season”?

  • Gary Middleton

    I agree, Patrick. Feels like some executives are trying to spotlight their own genius.

  • The 47th

    Well, a big F* U. 7 episodes per year is just ridiculous. If you want to expand the business in time, make a spin off like everyone else these days. Aside of Don and Roger, almost everyone else has a lot to tell.

  • Dan

    Wow they wana stretch the show, but it makes sense for Emmys

  • marc

    this is my favorite show of all time (next to The Sopranos) but this is a really dumb idea.

  • gerry

    so how long are they going to wait to air the second half then? if they’d jumped on this bandwagon sooner, i don’t think i’d have such an issue w it but at this point why bother?

  • John

    They really want Jon Hamm to get that Emmy.

  • Jon Snow

    Enough already.

  • George

    INSANE. This is such a turn off. Seven episodes? Then you want me to wait a Year for seven more?
    No thanks.

  • Joseph

    I presume the ending of “Mad Men” will be that the ad people visit a “typical college campus” in May of 1970 to investigate how to market products to college students.

    But they end up at Kent State and they all get fatally gunned down during the riot that in real life took place there.

  • CCV

    Financially, I get it. Artistically…eh. It’s worked perfect for Breaking Bad, but we’re talking Gilligan at the helm of that, so no surprise. I trust Weiner to be equally successful, but I really hope this isn’t a new trend–so many other showrunners would completely screw their shows up trying to milk them dry. AMC needs to understand it must move ON, and focus on cultivating worthy successors to these flagships. I like Hell on Wheels and The walking Dead, but neither are in the same class as the aforementioned masterworks. I’m one of the few who is enjoying LWS, but that might simply be because I love the cast (and it’s not likely to survive this season), and The Killing finally got good. Alas, too late.

    Listen AMC–look to the future. Want more of that comic fan base? Check out DMZ, a perfect analogy for the massive cultural divide that plagues our society. Y The Last Man would be awesome, but the apocalyptic scenario would be too close to TWD, especially with the spin-off coming.

  • John A

    Just air it all next spring just for it to be over already. I just want to finish this. Do AMC expect it to explode to Breaking Bad ratings in spring 2015? Because it wont.

  • shogun

    Seriously AMC? First you put a talk show on after Breaking Bad, giving it the mocking name the internet came up with, and now this? Why most you be so predictably stupid?

  • Ryan

    Being used to BBCA short season orders don’t bother me

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