Mad Men's Final Season Gets Bad Treatment, Will Air in Two Separate 7-Episode Batches

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Mad Men Final SeasonAMC is giving Don Draper a two-year sendoff.

Mirroring a strategy the cable net employed with Breaking Bad, Mad Men‘s 14-episode seventh and final season will air in two separate 7-episode halves.

The first batch, titled “The Beginning,” will air in spring 2014, while the second, “The End of an Era,” will air in spring 2015.

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“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 Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner in a statement. “The writers, cast and other artists welcome this unique manner of ending this unique experience.”

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“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 AMC prez Charlie Collier. “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 that remain of this iconic series.”

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  • *facepalm*

    Comment by Meredith – September 17, 2013 11:06 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • agree

      Comment by K. – September 17, 2013 12:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Like Breaking Bad, they’re clearly doing this for the Emmys.

      Comment by reccer – September 17, 2013 12:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • totally. Trying to milk it for all it’s worth. If you do not have enough story to tell for two separate seasons, then you make one season. Don’t split it into two halves. Breaking Bad at least had the suspenseful, cliff-hanger angle. Mad Men does not have the same NEED-TO-KNOW-WHAT-IS GOING-TO-HAPPEN-RIGHT-NOW! effect on people, so I could totally see this backfiring. And, as awful as it sounds, I kind of hope it does!!

      Comment by eileen – September 17, 2013 01:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Hate it.

    Comment by D. – September 17, 2013 11:08 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This best be a joke….. a very bad joke……

    Comment by Sam – September 17, 2013 11:08 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This is moronic. It was moronic when they did it to Breaking Bad and it’s moronic now. if you want the show to go on for two more years then give it two seasons. Thumbs down AMC.

    Comment by Ari – September 17, 2013 11:09 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • My thoughts exactly. Seven episodes per year is ridiculous. Have eight seasons and give us more episodes!!!!

      Comment by opus – September 17, 2013 11:29 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • ditto!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Comment by jackie2830 – September 18, 2013 03:27 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • A cheap plot for awards…7 episodes does not a season make.

    Comment by Evan – September 17, 2013 11:09 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Ridiculous!!! Give me my Mad Men in one final stretch!!!

    Comment by Eric – September 17, 2013 11:09 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Done. Just won’t even bother with it until the DVD comes out in 2016.

    Comment by Thilia – September 17, 2013 11:10 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I agree 100%. This show was really great at first, but the introduction of Megan ruined it for me. She added nothing. They have dragged this show on and on – definitely not worth it!

      Comment by toomuchtime – September 17, 2013 11:31 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Agreed. Her introduction was bad enough but her continued presence just drags the show right down.

        Comment by april-ann – September 17, 2013 12:07 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Even now I’m not watching the final half of Breaking Bad because I’ve chosen to wait for the DVD (or in my case Netflix) so I can watch all of season 5 in one go.

      Comment by Jake – September 17, 2013 12:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • It makes no sense to wait until 2016 if you’re upset about having to wait until 2015.

      Comment by Jayjay – September 17, 2013 02:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Nope, not dealing with this. I’ll watch it when it’s all on netflix.

    Comment by David S – September 17, 2013 11:10 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • That’s complete crap! Way to punish loyal viewers AMC.

    Comment by Mister Stockwell – September 17, 2013 11:10 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • ugh, so annoying and unnecessary. wait until the walking dead ends, it’ll be shown across three years.

    Comment by mike c – September 17, 2013 11:10 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • It’ll be 13 episodes aired one episode per year until the final year when you’ll get weekly retrospectives and where are they now with the cast. At that point little Chandler Riggs will be grown with a family of his own and will barely remember working on The Walking Dead.

      Comment by Ari – September 17, 2013 11:13 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • And I’ll be 70

        Comment by Sara – September 17, 2013 11:38 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • An entire generation will die waiting for the final episode.

          Comment by Ari – September 17, 2013 12:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Milking it.

    Comment by David Stumme – September 17, 2013 11:10 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Blatant Emmy grab.

    Comment by johnhelvete – September 17, 2013 11:11 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Blatant ratings grab. They saw the boost that Breaking Bad got from having a year in-between “halves” and want it for Mad Men.

      Comment by J – September 17, 2013 12:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Dick move from a greedy network.

    Comment by Fox – September 17, 2013 11:12 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • About time that MAD MEN is ending until 2015. Guess it’s still no Emmy love not just the series but the actors from the likes of Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Christina Hendricks and John Slattery among others.

    Comment by Flacco Kaepernick – September 17, 2013 11:15 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • YES, what they said (everybody above)! The pace of the show is slow all on its own. Great show, and until now, it’s been must see TV. So other than for award ops or just for news headlines, why take a show that moves at the pace of a snail and put it into slo-mo? AMC, it’s easy to pull the plug on a show these days, wait too long and folks forget, or other shows become must see TV.

    Comment by JoJo – September 17, 2013 11:23 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Stupid move… and the Actors are okay with being tied to this extended contract showing?
    Not in favor of this ““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”

    it’s not really an elaborate story…. sheesh

    Comment by Alice – September 17, 2013 11:24 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • “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 AMC president Charlie Collier in a statement. Only difference is Breaking Bad started great and kept getting better. Mad Men has gotten progressively (perhaps arguably) weaker and weaker.

    Comment by Meredith – September 17, 2013 11:31 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Reblogged this on Friends, Waffles, and Work and commented:
    I find this to be a tad annoying and unnecessary. After their extremely weak season 6, I’m ready for this show to end. It’s a great show with a lot of merit, but dragging it out like this is killing it (and me). It’s exhausting.

    Comment by Kaitlynn Smith – September 17, 2013 11:31 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • So help me God if there’s a Talking Mad…

    Comment by Sean – September 17, 2013 11:36 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • It would probably be Mad Men Talking…

      Comment by Meredith – September 17, 2013 11:58 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • “Mad Men Talking”? I’m sure there will be…

      Comment by Meredith – September 17, 2013 11:59 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Horse Crap! I’ll just wait for it to come out on Netflix, like all the other competent viewers on this thread. I’ll say this, AMC is REALLY starting to fu*k it’s viewers over with the stunts they’ve been pulling the past couple of years.

    Comment by James Davis – September 17, 2013 11:40 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Well, see you in two years, hope it doesn’t get spoiled for you in the meantime.

      Comment by J – September 17, 2013 12:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Breaking Bad milked it for lots more viewers – IE advertising dollars – much to the disinterest and boredom of original viewers! Horrible way to treat loyal fans!

    Comment by Sherri Basnett – September 17, 2013 11:48 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • What a bunch of show-off jerks.

    Comment by C.White – September 17, 2013 11:49 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • There is no reason to space them out so far apart. Want to split the season, fine. 7 episodes in Spring 2014 and 7 episodes in the fall. Done and done.

    Comment by Cloudy Knight – September 17, 2013 11:50 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • It’s bad enough every movie franchise feels the need to split the final movie into two parts, but now TV shows, too? Blatant cash/ratings/awards grab.

    Comment by CH – September 17, 2013 11:51 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The Sopranos did this during its final year (as did Breaking Bad, of course), and The Walking Dead’s been doing it every year since Season 2. As usual, it sucks, and exists purely as a ploy for AMC to effectively get 2 more seasons out of the show, while only paying for one.

    Comment by Tony Baker – September 17, 2013 11:53 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Sex and the City’s and Battlestar Galactica’s final seasons were split into 2 parts too.

      Comment by steven – September 17, 2013 12:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • The Walking Dead does not take a year long break. I don’t think a show like Mad Men where it isn’t as fast paced as the other shows that you mentioned can handle having a split season. With Breaking Bad especially every episode in this final season is as if it were a movie. Each episode builds upon on the one that aired before it. It gets better and better every season. I think like everyone is saying they’re only doing it to milk the cow as much as possible

      Comment by Yasin – September 17, 2013 12:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Well not quite. Walking dead does a FALL season and a SPRING season…they haven’t been spaced an entire year apart like Mad Men wants to do and Breaking Bad has done.

      Comment by Gary – September 17, 2013 12:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Everyone has pretty much said it all, except, they’ll get more money for the DVD’s when the season is split like this. Just look at the prices for Breaking Bad seasons 5 & 6. It’s a shame that a show that started out so well has been reduced to this. Oh, and I’ll be 71 (I hope).

    Comment by Veronica – September 17, 2013 11:57 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I disagree with it and dragging it on that long? Not..a good move. I am a fan who not only has watched it each and every season, but; I also have purchased each season on DVD because I love the show. I think it’s wrong to do it this way. Shame on AMC.

    Comment by Louise Trapp – September 17, 2013 11:58 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I have a better idea, 14 hour long specials carrying us into mid 2020s! All AMC has left is The Walking Dead. They must be $hitting themselves!

    Comment by MadaboutMadmenNoMore – September 17, 2013 12:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Lets start the series and then let’s get it done! No need to keep it moving over nearly two years. Also, hopefully the pace will pick up because the reason no Emmys last time, the show has lost some of the fast paced dynamic tone it once held. No do not do it over 2 x 7…yuck.

    Comment by Louise Trapp – September 17, 2013 12:03 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • They really should do something like air half in the spring and the other half in the fall. ABC family splits their seasons and I like it very much. I don’t want to wait a whole year like I did for BB.

    Comment by cas – September 17, 2013 12:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Probably doing this b/c they don’t have any good shows left show. Breaking Bad is ending, Low Winter Sun is…meh, The Killing got canceled, so all they have is Hell on Wheels and Walking Dead. Either way, not liking this

    Comment by Cheeky – September 17, 2013 12:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This may of worked for BB because it’s a GREAT show on every level
    Sadly Mad Men has become a mediocre show that should be allowed to end.
    The actors are good but they can only perform what is on the page.

    Comment by Whatever – September 17, 2013 12:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • It seems like every day, AMC does something new to lessen my confidence in their long-term prospects. Mistreating talented writers, ordering unnecessary spinoffs, needlessly prolonging the end of their few good shows, etc. I can only wonder what they’ll do next…

    Comment by Superhero – September 17, 2013 12:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • That statement is such BS. The want more home video revenue. That is all.

    Comment by Jo – September 17, 2013 12:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Let’s petition AMC and Weiner.
    If they don’t reverse this stupid decision, we will not watch live… Goodbye AD dollars. Apparently that’s all they care about.

    Comment by Billy – September 17, 2013 12:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Thanks. I might be dead by 2015. AMC can suck at times, like cancelling The Killing.

    Comment by Christie – September 17, 2013 01:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Mad Men, Breaking Bad couldn’t and shouldn’t last for ever. MAD MEN has lost it’s steam.
    I don’t know what AMC is doing with WALKING DEAD! Splitting it’s new season over two
    years!

    Comment by Timothy j.Baxter – September 17, 2013 01:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This kind of break makes no sense from a narrative storytelling perspective–if they actually cared about the audience who is watching. For me, I’ll wait for the DVD. Mad Men has been so “the emperor has no clothes’ for seasons now. How Weiner must laugh as he pulls the wool over the fans! Laughing all the way to the bank. Greedy producers, greedy creative types, whoever is responsible for this decision: IT STINKS.

    Comment by Jeannette – September 17, 2013 01:35 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Bad idea…rediculous….hate it!

    Comment by Faye – September 17, 2013 01:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This is infuriating. If you are going to split it up over two years, at least give us 10eps a year, not 7.

    Comment by Kris – September 17, 2013 01:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Hate this! No fans are going to be happy about this, it’s so obnoxious. They can’t even bother to make it an even 8 episodes per “season” (Whatever!)… 7 episodes is ridiculous. Greedy and LAZY!

    Comment by Jscott – September 17, 2013 01:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Not happy, impressed, nor do I think I’m sticking around this show any longer…I’m peeved at how we viewers (who are customers) are treated with so little respect when it comes to our likes/dislikes. If it weren’t for us you wouldn’t even still be around!!!!! Can’t TPTB stop dragging shows out over such a LONG period of time??? I think Emmy consideration should be limited to a show that airs at least 14 episodes in a current season; not these choppy, ridiculous 7 shows in 2014 that counts as a season and then only 7 additional episodes in 2015 that equals a season?? I mean come on, that is just insane!!!!! BOYCOTTING “Mad Men” because this is Madness…I’m out!!!

    Comment by Belle – September 17, 2013 01:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Total Crap!! They need to at least do 7 episodes in the Spring and then the final 7 in the Fall…not sticking around if they indeed follow this schedule!!! Dear Powers That Be: you are alienating the very people who put Mad Men on the map, why, why, why??!! Adios muchachos!

    Comment by Annie – September 17, 2013 01:57 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • let’s not pretend this is about anything other than AMC milking this cow for all its worth, along with itunes and everyone else. this has nothing to do with the story and even less to do with viewer enjoyment.

    Comment by j – September 17, 2013 01:58 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Wow. This is a joke. Way to fail amc.

    Comment by danielle h – September 17, 2013 02:40 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I hate this idea. I agree that it worked well for Breaking Bad, but that’s because they took the summer. There’s a big difference between taking three months and an entire year to end a show. I like Mad Men a lot but this is pushing it.

    Comment by O – September 17, 2013 04:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Honestly, I think Breaking Bad’s rating surge has more to do with quality and positive word of mouth than it’s 8/8 season 5.

    Comment by Kat – September 17, 2013 04:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I couldn’t agree more. For Mad Men to try to compare itself to Breaking Bad is just ludicrous!

      Comment by Paul – September 17, 2013 04:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Ludicrous? Mad Men won four best drama series Emmys in a row. Let’s see if BB can even win one.

        Comment by anna – September 18, 2013 04:08 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • C’mon. Everyone knows that the Emmys, like the Oscars is nothing but a crappy popularity contest. Those awards have nothing to do with quality and everything to do with how many people you can buy off with gifts and swag!@

          Comment by Paul – September 18, 2013 04:23 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • could they be anymore desperate to get Jonn Ham an emmy?

    Comment by leo – September 17, 2013 04:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • It totally sucks. I think that last season was just awful and frankly I won’t bother watching the last season whether it’s in one or two parts. This show went on about 2 seasons too long already! I’m outta here!

    Comment by Paul – September 17, 2013 04:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • With a whole year between the two, they should just call it what it is: season 7 and season 8. This is ridiculous.

    Comment by Sara – September 17, 2013 07:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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