Could ‘Breaking Bad’ Leave AMC For Season 5?

Published 4 years ago by , Updated August 6th, 2013 at 1:47 pm,

Breaking Bad Season 5 Talks Could Breaking Bad Leave AMC For Season 5?

Just three episodes into its fourth season and trouble may be brewing for AMC’s critical darling Breaking Bad. According to recent reports, the network and the show’s production company, Sony Pictures Television, have begun talks regarding the fifth (and likely final) season of the show – and those talks have hit something of a wall.

The issue stems from AMC once more looking to cut costs. In the case of Breaking Bad, that would mean a season consisting of only 6-8 episodes – rather than the typical 12-13 the series has had in past seasons.

Naturally, series creator Vince Gilligan is none too happy at the prospect of concluding his crime opus with only half the normal episodes at his disposal, and is considering jumping ship, if necessary.

Is this just another case of business minds not coinciding with those on the creative side of things – or are both sides merely making threats in order to better reach a middle ground? Whatever the network’s true intention, Sony has begun to inquire whether other cable networks might be interested in the series – should talks with AMC deteriorate completely.

AMC, which is widely considered to be one of the preeminent destinations for quality television has, of late, been embroiled in some potentially disastrous negotiations with the producers of their biggest hits – that are, arguably, also the reason AMC is as highly regarded as it is.

Of course, a similar cost-cutting initiative resulted in Mad Men missing out on a 2011 season altogether. However, those negotiations ended with Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner receiving a very lucrative deal and a similar deal was made for series star Jon Hamm. It is expected the rest of the cast will all see more green in their future as well.

So, is the result of the Mad Men deal now causing AMC to require other programs pinch pennies?

Amidst the Breaking Bad news, comes word that the network has also slashed the episode budget of their biggest hit, The Walking Dead. Reportedly, the zombie series has seen $250,000 per episode eliminated from its sophomore season’s budget – which many are now speculating played a significant part in Frank Darabont’s abrupt departure last week.

Potential suitors for the show would likely insist on more than one season for their trouble, which could put the Breaking Bad crew in a rather tough position. Wrap the series up in fewer episodes, or extend the story by a year (at least).

As this issue will likely affect the outcome of the series, we will be sure to follow up on the negotiations regarding Breaking Bad and AMC.

Meanwhile, the fourth season of Breaking Bad continues Sunday nights @10 pm on AMC.

Source: The Los Angeles Times

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  1. Words cannot adequately express the 4 types of POed I am at this moment for BOTH The walking Dead and Breaking bad.

  2. The best show on TV doesn’t need to take any compromises, come on AMC, just cheer them on, you will be proud of it.

  3. Why is it that whenever a series is doing well and becoming more popular the networks want to cut the budget and choke off the quality? Then when the ratings go down they will blame the show and pull it off the air.

  4. AMC doesn’t know how to let things be. I’m not even sure if the Walking Dead is messed up. Maybe the new show runner can pull some decent moves but no doubt he won’t be as good as Darabont. It’s a shame if AMC is the reason Darabont left. If they lose Breaking Bad, smh. And it’s not like BB could go to HBO bc HBO doesn’t pick up shows from other channels. AMC don’t mess this up.

  5. If not HBO I could see Showtime or FX as the only networks that BB could go to and still remain the same. You would think AMC wouldn’t need to slash budgets so much because every movie they air has 45 minutes of commercials. But what do I know?

    • I counted 65 minutes of commercial time per 90 minute movie. thank God for that fast forward button!

    • The ONLY show I watch on television! I will be sad if it wraps up or goes under because of corporate greed!

  6. This is quite unfortunate indeed. See this happens way too often, a show becomes popular and these execs know people are going to watch it so why not cut costs, cut their budget and make even more money off it…it’s 100% greed and it ruins good quality television. The Walking Dead is a great example. In a show where you had 6 episodes to establish a presence, with I assume is an extremely limited visual effects budget (CG, not practical) because 99% of the CG was horrid in that show. Then once you have the people hooked, make trash quality and make more money in the short term, during the second season. That’s how they think and honestly it’s ridiculously stupid because they’d make even more in the long run with quality programming. A good show will last into a 3rd, 4th, 5th etc. season because well it’s good and people watch it. But if you hack and slash the budget in the second season people have no reason to see the 3rd.

  7. 12-13 episodes is a little short as is, but cutting down to 6 to 8 ? Are you kidding ?

    The series would be better off on FX I think. FX has proven to be a superior channel over and over again. AMC has only recently begun to produce quality television and FX has been doing it since The Shield. FX manages to run things right as well where as AMC seems to just want to mess up everything.

  8. Great artists will flourish and find general acceptance of their work, which leads to fame and money. The artistically challenged, who are only looking for greed and money, will ruin all things artistic. This has happened for centuries in different artistic mediums and nothing changes here.

    I agree that FX has done a better job with their programs over the years. The Shield was my favorite of all time until Breaking Bad.

    I hope that Vince Gilligan and company hold to their artistic integrity and fight to continue creating exceptional art.

  9. Well, there ya go! Typical….. Take the best show that television has had the courage to place on TV and the Network want it to “Trim the fat”…. Now, If this was some “Fake Documentary” in a warn out, over played, over dramatized, over used Police Drama style show shot in the Typical warn out, over used New York City location show its well worn face and the LA/NY Idiots would be signing the show up for the next 30 years! …. OR…… If the was some show about some “Pretty Boy” walking around a mansion trying to decide which of the brain dead, blond Bimbo’s sitting all posed for him downstairs that he want to bang against the head board tonight… It would also be a hit. And he could give the others a rose letting them know they’re next!!!! But let a show set in a Mid-sized market that is more or less a work of character and writing geniuses try and make it??? And the LA/New York idiots want nothing of it.

  10. They better not screw up BB or Mad men I will be so angry I have fallen in love with John Hamm and have always like Bryan Cranston from Malcom in the Middle and the famous Tim Wately on Seinfeld who converted to Judaism for the jokes lol and his performance in BB has been outstanding

    • They take Breaking Bad and Mad Men off the air for like over 12 months–it is bs

  11. This decision is the absolute worst. Breaking bad is one of only two shows on television worth watching. SOA being the other. If AMC doesn’t make this right, I’m done with AMC.

    • agree totally

  12. producing these awesome shows are expensive as hell, but less and less people are watching tv and just surfing for websites that stream it for free. i am guilty of this so its partially my fault that the shows i love are in jeopardy

    • I’ve seen Madmen it’s very good and I like it alot, but Breaking Bad is better. Mad Men is one of the best shows currently on TV, but it’s still not as good as Breaking Bad. Breaking Bad has better acting and writing. It’s more complex, contains more substance , and manages to keep you on the edge of your seat the entire time with out losing even a touch of it’s intelligence.

      Also you should research before saying things it makes you look dumb. Not only has Breaking Bad been nominated for Emmys it’s won six of them and only been on the air for 3 seasons but has won emmys all three years in a row.

  13. Whether it’s the end of the series or it aired on another channel soon as it’s off amc they can forget me as a viewer. It’ll just become another annoying extra click while channel surfing.

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  15. Breaking Bad.. A show about drug dealing and manufacturing… But who are the real crooks? AMC.

    Walking Dead. A show about mindless zombies… But who are the real brainless idiots? AMC.

    Mad Men… well you see where I’m going here..