More time to ex­plore Mad-ness

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BOSSES at US TV net­work AMC are keep­ing Mad Men around an ex­tra year, ex­pand­ing the fi­nal sea­son of the ac­claimed drama se­ries to 14 episodes and split­ting it into two parts. The net­work says seven episodes will air next year and an­other seven in 2015. Pre­vi­ous Mad Men sea­sons have spanned 13 episodes. Se­ries cre­ator Matthew Weiner says the two-part sea­son will en­able ‘‘a more elab­o­rate story’’ to be told. The ar­range­ment mir­rors that of an­other AMC se­ries, Break­ing Bad, whose fi­nal sea­son, now near­ing its end, was sim­i­larly split in two. Mad Men, which pre­miered in 2007, has won four Emmy awards for out­stand­ing drama se­ries. It heads into Sun­day’s awards night with four ma­jor Emmy nom­i­na­tions, in­clud­ing best ac­tor for Jon Hamm, who has never won. Mad Men airs in Aus­tralia on free TV sta­tion SBS and pay TV’s Show­case chan­nels.

John Hamm

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