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article imageAMC playing it safe with core show spinoffs, extensions

By Michael Thomas     Sep 18, 2013 in Entertainment
AMC over the years has garnered a reputation for its quality programming thanks to three wildly successful shows; 'Breaking Bad,' 'Mad Men' and the 'Walking Dead.' Now the network plans to keep their legacy going even longer.
The first big announcement came last week, when AMC announced the long-speculated Breaking Bad spinoff, Better Call Saul, as reported by Digital Journal,
The second big announcement came yesterday, with the announcement that the still-going The Walking Dead will soon have its own spinoff series, featuring a whole new setting and cast of survivors. This series will be helmed by Robert Kirkman, who is also the author of the books the original series was based on this. This new series will not be based on the books, howvever.
"After 10 years of writing the comic book series and being so close to the debut of our fourth, and in my opinion, best season of the TV series, I couldn't be more thrilled about getting the chance to create a new corner of The Walking Dead universe," Kirkman said in a statement. “The opportunity to make a show that isn't tethered by the events of the comic book, and is truly a blank page, has set my creativity racing."
AMC intends for this new series to be on air sometime in 2015.
Finally, though not a spinoff, AMC announced Tuesday that they are following the Breaking Bad route by splitting Mad Men's seventh season over two years, with seven episodes for each half-season. Though it extends the normal number of the series' episodes by one, fans will have to wait just a little longer, much like they did when AMC chose to split Breaking Bad's final season in two.
The network is likely hedging its bets, as it has cancelled The Killing and its new drama Low Winter Sun has been slowly bleeding viewers since its August premiere.
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