'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.

  • Andrew

    Comedy Central usually splits the South Park seasons in two parts. They usually do 14 episode seasons where they air 7 episodes in Spring (March, April, May) and 7 episodes in Fall (Sept, Oct, Nov). This year they are only doing a 10 episode season so they will air all ten episodes in Fall. AMC is doing a similar thing with Mad Men, but is splitting the season over two years instead of splitting it over two halves of a year. Time wise though, Mad Men is a hour long while South Park is half a hour long (with commercials) so we are getting the same amount of new Mad Men per year as we’ve been getting new South Park per year for the last several years. Although in all fairness of Comedy Central, the amount of new South Park episodes they air per year is ultimately decided by how many Matt and Trey want to do each year.

  • jessica

    Thankfully this isn’t distributed by Sony otherwise it would be a short 7th season and a short ‘final’ cough8thcough season. Nevertheless this fascination with the ‘split season’ is about the most annoying and discourteous thing a broadcaster can do. And they all do it because they all do it despite the ratings almost always taking a huge crash when it is done. Why not make it spread over 3 years with 5 episodes each spring? Or maybe 18 episodes with one new episode broadcast every other month for the next three years! Surely, you can split a split season and maybe split the result of that splitting too! Or you can just show all 10 or 14 or 16 episodes and not piss off your audience and the people who buy it on iTunes thinking they are getting all of it only to later be told they only get half or a third of the whole season.

    It isn’t that i am against shorter seasons because many British shows i love have that as their normal. The thing is American shows don’t resolve like British ones do because “this isn’t the end of the season” crap. The great American mind came up with this “mid-season finale”…. since when is the final in the middle? What next? An early season finale, a mid-season finale, a late season finale, and an end of season season finale? Perhaps we should just call this the always-but-never-really-ending-season that is 92 episodes long and spread across 9 years.

    Don’t you ever get tired of the spin? I know i am really dizzy.

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