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Mad Men Season 7 to Premiere in Spring, Be Split in Half

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Mad Men is going the way of Breaking Bad.

AMC announced today that the final season of Mad Men will kick off in the spring, air seven episodes... and then take a long break before returning with seven more installments to conclude the iconic drama.

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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 Charlie Collier, AMC President. “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 than remain of this iconic series.”

The first set of episodes will be dubbed "The Beginning," while the back half will be titled "The End of an Era."

Added creator Matthew Weiner:

“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. The writers, cast and other artists welcome this unique manner of ending this unique experience.”

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