More time to explore Mad-ness
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.