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Final season of 'Mad Men' will be longer and shown in two halves over 2014 and 2015

Seven episodes will premiere in spring 2014 followed by another seven in spring 2015

Final season of 'Mad Men' will be longer and shown in two halves over 2014 and 2015

The seventh and final season of Mad Men will be an episode longer than normal and shown in two equal blocks, Breaking Bad-style.

The first seven episodes will air over spring 2014, the show's US network AMC announced yesterday (September 17), followed by the second seven episodes in spring 2015. In the UK, new episodes of Mad Men are shown on Sky Atlantic within a few days of premiering in the US.

"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 show's creator Matthew Weiner said in a statement. "The writers, cast and other artists welcome this unique manner of ending this unique experience."

Meanwhile, AMC's president Charles Collier revealed that the decision to split the last 14 episodes of Mad Men was partly inspired by the success of Breaking Bad's two-part final season. "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," he explained.

Regular cast members Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, January Jones, Christina Hendricks, John Slattery and Vincent Kartheiser will all be back for the final season. In the meantime, Mad Men will compete for the Outstanding Drama Series gong at the Primetime Emmy Awards in LA this Sunday (September 22).

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