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AMC ties up Breaking Bad deal

No Comments 15 August 2011

Breathe easy, drama fans. Following an uncertain couple of weeks, the destiny of the best show currently on TV has been secured, with AMC renewing Breaking Bad for a final order of 16 episodes.

Tense negotiations over the future of the show over the past few weeks had seen producer Sony Pictures TV publically moot the possibility of the moving Breaking Bad away from AMC and agreeing a deal with a rival network. An agreement has now been reached, however, with both sides deciding that the story of Walter White and Jesse Pinkman would indeed conclude on AMC where it all started.

Breaking Bad’s creator and executive producer Vince Gilligan says that knowing exactly how many episodes his team has to bring the show to a natural conclusion will be a huge advantage: “It’s a funny irony — I’d hate to know the date of my own last day on earth, but I’m delighted to know what Walter White’s will be (episodically speaking). This is a great gift to me and to my wonderful writers. It’s knowledge which will allow us to properly build our story to a satisfying conclusion. Now, if we don’t manage to pull that off, we’ve got no one to blame but ourselves.”

Now all that remains is to tie Gilligan himself down; his contract only currently sees him committed to the show until the end of Season Four. It would be hard to imagine Gilligan walking away from a show that has always been very much his baby but let’s hope things get sorted out sooner rather than later all the same.

All 16 remaining episodes will be filmed together but it’s not yet clear if that means the show will bow out with an extended final season (none of the previous seasons have had more than 13 episodes) or if we’ll get two smaller chunks spread across a longer time period. Scheduling details are yet to emerge; we’ll keep you posted as soon as we hear.


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