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

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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  1. anna says:

    It’s really sad that Weiner is putting money ahead of the quality of his show.

  2. N tTVf says:

    I guess they are going to film all 14 episodes in winter/spring 2014, and then ‘hold’ the final seven episodes for a year until spring 2015? Hmm- I’m not thrilled with this plan, but better than no season 7 at all.

    What I would like to see is some way to ‘spin-off’ a 1970s format of the series, that might pick up where Mad Men ends in 2015. A new series that focuses on Peggy and Joan and the women of the current show. This split season 7 might give the actors and writers a chance to catch their breath, take some time off, and then kick off the new series with perhaps a short order of 7 episodes in spring 2015 following the end of the original Mad Men series.

    A new series focusing on Peggy and Joan in the 1970s could be really good, and perhaps have the guys [Roger, Don, etc.] drop in from time to time to make a guest appearance. As much as the 1960s were the era of the rise and fall of the ‘organization man’, the 1970’s were very much about the rise of the woman’s movement, and all the good (and disappointment) that that era entailed for women. Seeing that 1970s era through the eyes of Peggy and Joan [as we’ve seen the 1960s through Don and Roger] would be really cool. Well worth at least a pilot episode attempt by Matt and co.

  3. Andrea s armetta says:

    This show is so addictive, because at first I was pulled in by Don and his frequent seduction (successful) of women, while maintaining a good front at home. But I started to be fascinated with how much tippy toeing women had to do to keep a job, not get seduced, and other inequities.
    The characters of Roger, Joan and Pete are extremely interesting as they illustrate that phrase “watch what you pray for” ( you may get it…and problems). I watched alot of Director commentaries.