August 14, 2011
AMC has renewed Breaking Bad for a final 16 episodes to conclude the series. What is unknown at this time is if the extended episode order will air as one season or two. A typical season of the show has been 13 episodes.
"We've watched ‘Breaking Bad’ grow over the years with viewers, as championed by the unwavering support of critics and the well deserved accolades Vince and his talented actors have received. We’re looking forward to seeing Vince’s masterful storytelling come fully to fruition over the course of the series’ final episodes," said Zack Van Amburg, President, programming for Sony Pictures Television in a press release.
On the air since 2008, Breaking Bad has had a successful run on AMC, garnering widespread critical praise in categories such as writing, acting, and cinematography. The show has been awarded six Emmys, including three consecutive nods for Lead Actor in a Drama Series for star Bryan Cranston.
Production on the final episodes will start in early 2012, but a premiere date for the next season has not yet been announced.
(Source: TV by the Numbers)