First AMC lost Breaking Bad, and now the series that first established the network as a home for quality original programming is approaching the end of its run. After seven seasons of strong ratings and critical acclaim, Mad Men is almost finished telling the story of advertising executive Don Draper (Jon Hamm).
Throughout the series, Mad Men has consistently proven to be one of AMC’s signature properties, preceding both the aforementioned Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead (both of which have spinoffs on the way). Now, thanks to a new announcement, fans at least know when they can tune in to see the second half of the show’s final season.
At a Television Critics Association press tour today, AMC (via The Wrap) revealed that Mad Men will return to the airwaves in its regular timeslot on Sunday, April 5 @10pm. In a statement, series creator Matthew Weiner had this to say about the show’s imminent conclusion:
“What an incredible journey this has been. I take great pride in what the entire ‘Mad Men’ team was able to create episode after episode, season after season. We sincerely thank the fans for joining us on this ride and hope it has meant as much to them as it has to us.”
While fans have had to wait nearly a full year between new episodes, the decision to break the 14-episode season into two distinct halves was likely designed to make the most out of the show’s high profile status and devoted fanbase. After all, the series’ ending will land a significant blow to AMC’s lineup, and having such a beloved award-winning show in its hands for even another year can only help the network stay at the top of its game, at least until Better Call Saul has established itself as the winner many are expecting it to be.
Mad Men is truly one of the shows that was instrumental in proving to viewers and critics in the mid-2000s that well-crafted, well-produced scripted series could exist on basic cable networks. During its run, AMC has ascended into a must-see network for millions of viewers, and there’s no doubt that more and more people will discover Don Draper’s compelling story in years to come, especially in a post-Netflix world. In the meantime, fans can strap in and see Weiner’s vision finally come to fruition.
The final season of Mad Men will return on Sunday, April 5 at 10pm on AMC.