“Breaking Bad” coming back for final season

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: The new broke late Sunday night: AMC and Sony struck a deal that will allow the critically acclaimed drama “Breaking Bad” to return for a final season.

The creative team will be given 16 new episodes to bring their storyline to a close, THR reports.

When asked what it meant to be given the freedom to conclude the show in a way he sees fit, “Breaking Bad” creator Vince Gilligan told the trade, “It’s a funny irony — I’d hate to know the date of my own last day on earth, but I’m delighted to know what Walter White’s will be (episodically speaking). This is a great gift to me and to my wonderful writers. It’s knowledge which will allow us to properly build our story to a satisfying conclusion. Now, if we don’t manage to pull that off, we’ve got no one to blame but ourselves.”

It’s also the latest in a trend of shows, starting with ABC’s “Lost,” that have been able to view their end dates and build toward it. In the past, shows that weren’t working (and a few that were) simply were cancelled, never to be heard from again.

Giving a team an end date to work toward rewards their hard work, and rewards the audience for its patience.

THR says the show “will commence production in early 2012.”

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