May 21, 2012

THE SKED: “Breaking Bad” Returns

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Written by: Mitch Salem
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When AMC issued its final 16-episode order for BREAKING BAD, there was immediate speculation that the network would split the show into 2 8-episode seasons.  The network stayed silent at the time, but now that structure has been confirmed.  Breaking Bad will return for the first of its Gus Fring-less final arc with 8 episodes beginning Sunday, July 15 at 10PM.  (The show will be paired with a new unscripted series, SMALL TOWN SECURITY.)  The really-and-truly last episodes will air in Summer 2013.

AMC also announced the somewhat less eagerly anticipated return of HELL ON WHEELS, which will join Breaking Bad on Sundays several weeks into Bad‘s run, airing at 9PM starting on Sunday August 12.  That will probably take the network up to the return of its ratings flagshp, THE WALKING DEAD, in time for Halloween season

About the Author

Mitch Salem
MITCH SALEM has worked on the business side of the entertainment industry for 20 years, as a senior business affairs executive and attorney for such companies as NBC, ABC, USA, Syfy, Bravo, and BermanBraun Productions, and before that, at the NY law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. During all that, he has more or less constantly been going to the movies and watching TV, and writing about both since the 1980s. His film reviews also currently appear on and In addition, he is co-writer of an episode of the television series "Felicity."