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'Breaking Bad' in Crisis as Talks Stall Between Producers and AMC

by Catherine Lawson, posted Aug 2nd 2011 5:45AM
'Breaking Bad' Season 4It's been a drama-filled summer off-screen at cable network AMC and now comes news that 'Breaking Bad' is the latest series to run into trouble.

According to 'The Los Angeles Times,' renewal talks for Season 5 of the critically acclaimed drama have reached an impasse after AMC wanted to cut the number of epsiodes from 13 to six or eight.

Last week Sony studios reportedly started shopping the series around, sending feelers out to at least three other cable networks about taking 'Breaking Bad' should an agreement with AMC fall through.

AMC's attempt to cut costs comes in the wake of its expensive new deal with 'Mad Men' creator Matthew Weiner, the controversial debut season of 'The Killing,' and turmoil over budgets at 'The Walking Dead.'

'Breaking Bad' Season 4 recently debuted to a series high of 2.6 million viewers, but creator Vince Gilligan has said publicly that he wants Season 5 to be the last. AMC wants to bring it back, but for less money than it's costing right now.

AMC is looking to cut costs on zombie drama 'The Walking Dead,' which is rumored to be having its per-episode budget slashed by about $250,000. Last week showrunner Frank Darabont quit, and there is speculation that budget cuts were the reason, although AMC sources deny it.

Back in May Darabont said that "if they do move ahead with [the budget] they're talking about, it will affect the show creatively ... in a negative way. Which just strikes me as odd. If you have an asset, why would you punish it?"

Although both sides are expected to hammer out a mutually acceptable deal, in the unlikely event that 'Breaking Bad' did move to another channel, the producers would probably have to agree to make additional seasons. It would be highly unusual for a network to commit to just one season of a show it acquires from another network.

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Brad456

Breaking Bad is dead, just cancel it and move on.

August 02 2011 at 5:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
fucface

bREAKING BAD HAS BEEN TERRIBLE THIS SEASON,BORING AT BEST MAYBE AMC SHOULD PULL THE PLUG
AT THE END OF THIS SEASON BECAUSE THIS SHOW HAS REALLY GONE DOWNHILL FAST.

I LOVED THE FIRST 3 SEASONS AND ALMOST EVERY EPISODE WAS OUTSTANDING...NOW
JUST MEMORIES OF WHAT THE SHOW USE TO BE

IT'S SA THAT THEY HAD ALL THAT TIME BETWEEN SEASON 3 AND 4 TO PUT TOGETHER SOMETHING SPECIAL AND HAVE FAILED ON ALL ACCOUNTS

August 02 2011 at 3:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jimmy

It's hard to understand what is going through the minds of the AMC suits. The Walking Dead was their highest rated series getting 18-49 demo ratings that would make a broadcast network happy. Personally, I'm not a fan of Breaking Bad but considering it's one of those shows that people often talk about and ends up getting all kinds of awards you'd think they'd want to make the final season something special. Six or eight episodes is really a slap in the face to the actors and people behind the scenes.

August 02 2011 at 2:03 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
rickwrite

Man, AMC is just shooting itself in the foot over and over. I'm getting to where I don't want to start watching a series until it actually concludes, at which point I can watch the whole thing start-to-finish on DVD or streaming. On my schedule. Without 12 or even 18 months between seasons.

August 02 2011 at 11:40 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
shadowracer

Why can't AMC just do whatever HBO does? Seriously, pound for pound AMC's programming is far and away better right now.

August 02 2011 at 10:20 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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