AMC Announces Premiere Dates for Final Season of 'Mad Men', 'Better Call Saul', 'Turn' & More (Updated)

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January 11th, 2014

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Update: AMC has issued a press release about its schedule

via press release:



Newest Scripted Drama, “Turn,” To Debut with 90-Minute Premiere on Sunday, April 6 at 9PM ET


The First Half of “Mad Men’s” Final Season Begins Sunday, April 13 at 10PM ET


“Halt and Catch Fire” and “Hell on Wheels” Set for Summer 2014 Premieres and “Better Call Saul” Scheduled to Debut November 2014


“Talking Dead” Greenlit for Season Five


LOS ANGELES, CA – January 11, 2014 –AMC today announced key 2014 programming dates for new and returning scripted and unscripted series. The network’s newest drama, “Turn”- a spy thriller about the untold story of America’s first spy ring during the Revolutionary War – will kick off on Sunday, April 6 at 9PM ET with a 90-minute series premiere.   One week later, on Sunday, April 13 at 10PM ET, the highly-anticipated first half of the final season of “Mad Men” will launch.


Summer 2014 will heat up with the June premiere of “Halt and Catch Fire,” which captures the rise of the PC era in the early 1980s, during which an unlikely trio – a visionary, an engineer and a prodigy – take staggering personal and professional risks in the race to build a computer that will change the world.  Later in the summer will bring the season four roll-out of the AMC western “Hell on Wheels,” which grew to an average audience of 3.3 million viewers (live plus three days of time shifting) in its move to Saturday nights in 2013. “Turn” and “Halt and Catch Fire” are produced by AMC Studios and both series will be distributed internationally through Entertainment One (eOne) Television.


On the unscripted side, “Game of Arms,” will premiere on Tuesday, February 25 at 10PM, followed by May launches of the third season of “Small Town Security” and second season of “Freakshow.” The network also announced the season five pick-up of “The Talking Dead.” 


“We are extremely excited about the 2014 line-up,” said Charlie Collier, AMC President and General Manager.  “Both the returning and new series reflect our commitment to serving passionate audiences with compelling, character-driven story-telling.”


The year will wrap up with the season five premiere of television’s highest rated series, “The Walking Dead,” in October and the highly anticipated debut of the “Breaking Bad” prequel, “Better Call Saul” in November. From AMC and Sony Pictures, “Better Call Saul” focuses on the evolution of the popular Saul Goodman character before he became Walter White’s lawyer. Premiere dates for “Halt and Catch Fire,” season four of “Hell on Wheels,” season five of “The Walking Dead,” and “Better Call Saul” will be announced at a later date.


As previously announced, in the coming weeks AMC’s 2014 programming schedule will begin with the return of the second half of season four of “The Walking Dead” on Sunday, February 9 at 9PM. The mid-season premiere will be followed by the live aftershow “Talking Dead,” hosted by Chris Hardwick, and a repeat of “The Walking Dead” at 11pm. At midnight, the unscripted series “Comic Book Men,” which has been delivering one million viewers at midnight consistently, returns for the second half of its third season.


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About AMC

Whether commemorating favorite films from every genre and decade, or creating acclaimed original programming, AMC brings to its audience something deeper, something richer, Something More. The network reigns as the only cable network in history ever to win the Emmy® Award for Outstanding Drama Series four years in a row, and boasts the most-watched drama series in basic cable history with “The Walking Dead.” AMC’s original drama series include “Mad Men,” “Breaking Bad,” “The Walking Dead,” “Hell on Wheels,” “Turn” and “Halt and Catch Fire.” AMC also explores authentic worlds with bold characters through its slate of unscripted original series like “Comic Book Men,” “Small Town Security,” “Talking Dead,” and “Freakshow.” AMC is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc. and its sister networks include IFC, Sundance Channel, and WE tv. AMC is available across all platforms, including on-air, online, on demand and mobile. AMC: Something More.

AMC has announced that the final season of Mad Men will premiere Sunday, April 13. The highly anticipated Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul will debut in November 2014, though the network has not released an exact day. New drama Turn, set during the American Revolution, will premiere April 6. Hell on Wheels will return in summer 2014. Drama Halt and Catch Fire, about the launch of the personal computer in the 1980s, will also premiere in the summer.  The Hollywood Reporter has more details.

  • TV Addict

    What about the new season of Breaking Bad?
    Oh wait…

  • Dan S

    I have to wait until Nov for Saul ? As for the final season of Mad Men it’s actually split in half & have to wait until 2015 for the real finale.

  • PRW

    Is The Walming Dead moving up to a September premiere date with BCS during the Winter?

  • Dan

    @Dan S – Well if Mad Men has any shot at the emmys, without obvious Breaking Bad competition then split season is the way to go.

    @TV Addict – I thought the same thing.

    I wish Better Call Saul would premiere earlier too but at least its later than the primetime shows’ premiere dates and its likely to be paired with The Walking Dead.

  • marc

    woohoo. 14 more episodes! can’t wait!

  • k:Alex

    Better Call Saul will do great in November, Breaking has a lot of new fans and it’s still growing, so when most shows go for a winterstop, this show can shine on a lot of screens :)

  • Jeff (Canada)

    If BCS is paired up with The Walking Dead on Sunday nights, it’ll be ratings gold.

  • PurpleDrazi

    I just recently read an article about the new show TURN and it sound pretty interesting. I will definitely check it out.

  • Benjamin

    I suspect The Walking Dead will start in September 2014, for 2 reasons:

    1) Talking Dead stays behind The Walking Dead and remains the least expensive smash hit on TV.
    2) Better Call Saul *might* be a smash hit due to the Breaking Bad fandom. So why have Walking Dead and Better Call Saul together when you can have them apart and have more Sunday 9PM victories?

  • Chris_SAdvisor

    I do not understand the appeal of Saul. He is not a likeable character, and he was already very dirty by the start of Breaking Bad. So even if this were a prequel, we will not have any sympathy to get us started, as anyone ‘breaks bad’. What does that leave – a show about a sleazy, drug-laundering, criminal lawyer in a bad suit with hair that looks like a toupee?

    I am sure all the BB fans will check it out, but unless they perform a major character overhaul, kick out all his old ’employees’ and get much better ones (both physical and story appeal), I doubt this will pull more than half the ratings.

    Pairing it with tWD is unlikely, they are too dissimilar. Old tWD, new tWD, new tTD, at 8, 9, and 10 pm respectively. When the roll out the spinoff it will be really interesting to see if there is just one talk show or if they try and duplicate it too.

  • KevinY

    I hope this doesn’t mean Line of Sight is not getting picked up.

  • PRW

    They have some time to pick up any of the pilots they have ordered (~4) so we are likely not hearing anything on those until the upfronts.

  • Carl

    Having WD is a lead in or lead out gives Better Call Saul a good chance to succeed.

  • brutony!

    Will “Halt and Catch Fire”-WTF kind of title is that?-be like an 80’s version of MM, when the employees could flirt and grab ass of sexy ladies, still drink on the job, and snort lines provided by the boss? Or maybe thats just how MY work experience was back then, lol?

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