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Following Breaking Bad’s model, the upcoming season of Mad Men will be split in two halves over 2014 and 2015. This means that seven episodes will air in 2014 and seven in 2015. If you can do the math that means there will 14 total episodes, one more than the typical 13-episode run. AMC President Charlie Collier made the announcement Tuesday, with the help of show creator Matthew Weiner. Not everyone is happy about the 45-week gap in the season but it will give AMC some more time to develop new shows.
“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," says 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."