AMC Announces Breaking Bad's Final Premiere Date, Launch of Talking Bad 'Spin-Off'

breakingbad s53p8 blogFans of AMC’s Breaking Bad now have a date for beginning of the end of the end.

The second half of the acclaimed drama’s fifth and final season — eight episodes in total — will premiere on Sunday, Aug. 11 at 9 pm.

Additionally, the cabler confirms that a weekly spin-off/dissection show titled Talking Bad will air (an hour) after each Bad episode at 11 pm. Sandwiched in between at 10 pm will be new crime drama Low Winter Sun.

RELATED | AMC Eyes Breaking Bad Spin-Off Centered Around Saul Goodman

As previously reported, AMC will kick off Season 3 of The Killing on June 2 and Season 3 of Hell on Wheels on August 3.

Other highlights from AMC’s massive programming/scheduling release:

* New reality series Showville — in which a traveling talent show visits small towns across the country — bows Thursday, March 23 at 9 pm.

* Season 2 of The Pitch launches on Thursday, August 15 at 10 pm.

* Talking Dead, Comic Book Men and Freakshow have all been renewed.

* The network is developing Cancelled, an unscripted series in which six households “will be outfitted with cameras that will give them the chance to compete for ‘ratings’ that will determine which household has the most-watched reality show.”

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26 Comments
  1. Brandon Rowe says:

    Ok. That “spinoff ” was not what I was thinking of… but then again I think you knew that.

  2. Mark says:

    Jesus, Ausiello, you really need to quit it with these desperate, misleading headlines.

  3. So excited on August 11th. :-)

  4. Zach says:

    Thanks a lot AMC, I thought that was a confirmation for Better Call Saul. I NEED more Bob Odenkirk.

  5. zacqua10 says:

    I thought TV line was better than this. Why are you doing more bait headlines? It looks trashy and unprofessional. This isn’t TMZ.

  6. lisa says:

    As others have said, that’s not a breaking bad “spinoff” in any way shape or form. But hey, you got me to click on the page! Way to go

  7. RobMF says:

    Is @Nerdist hosting Talking Bad? If so, That’s great. Chris is awesome. I hope they film it on the Talking Dead set.

  8. LynnH says:

    HAS to be Chris Hardwick. Fans will accept no one else!

  9. Don’t tell me Chris Hardwick will moderate this one as well.

  10. TV Gord says:

    Once again, people are grasping for something to complain about. The headline is clear. How would a Saul series in any way be a “Talking Dead spinoff”. I understood the headline. It’s not misleading.

    • Zachary says:

      It says “Launch of Talking Bad” spin off. Talking about a spinoff of Breaking Bad. There was already talk about Better Call Saul. It’s very misleading.

      • TV Gord says:

        Yes, but it doesn’t say “Launch of BREAKING Bad” spinoff. THAT would have been misleading. The headline refers to Talking Bad being a spinoff (which, incidentally, it’s not…it’s a talk show about Breaking Bad). Anyway, it’s not misleading at all. People who can’t read the headline properly should be blaming Michael for their own sloppiness.

        • TV Gord says:

          “shouldn’t” be blaming…

        • Mark says:

          I believe the headline originally just said “Launch of ‘Spin-Off'” without any mention of Talking Bad. That’s also all Ausiello says in his tweet linking to the article. Also, the term ‘Spin-off’ is still extremely misleading because a talk show discussing Breaking Bad is not in any way, shape, or form a spin-off of the original series.

          • TV Gord says:

            Thanks, Mark. I didn’t know that about Michael’s tweet.

            Unfortunately, words such as ‘spinoff’ and ‘reboot’ are routinely misused these days (Hawaii Five-0 is a reboot; Dallas is not). It’s an uphill battle trying to get people to use the correct terminology.

      • TV Gord says:

        …and there was also talk of a the Talking Bad show LONG before there was any talk of a Saul spinoff (which doesn’t have a title, by the way).

  11. lisa says:

    He changed the title. So thanks for that too ausiello for helping smart people like the guy a couple comments up who think they’re the one amazing person that can read

  12. Anna says:

    Why is everyone complaining? If you’ve ever listened to the Breaking Bad insider podcast, you know this is going to be awesome!

  13. Gene Snider says:

    why can’t direct tv quit with all this nonsense in the programs they show like walking dead ,,breaking bad ,,dish dropped A&e ,,why can’t direct ,,don’t we as paying customer’s have a say at all,,or just quit watching direct programing

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