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AMC to wrap up 'Breaking Bad' next year

  |   Aug. 15, 2011 at 9:20 AM
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LOS ANGELES, Aug. 15 (UPI) -- U.S. cable network AMC says it will wrap up its drama series "Breaking Bad" with a fifth season to start shooting next year in Albuquerque.

AMC said the show from writer-producer-director Vince Gilligan has ordered 16 episodes that will conclude the series.

The schedule for rollout of the episodes and premiere date has yet to be determined, said Charlie Collier, AMC's president.

"From the day we heard Vince Gilligan's completely original vision for 'Breaking Bad,' it has been a complete joy to be involved with this show. Watching this story evolve into the complex, compelling and intense roller coaster ride that it has become has been an incredible creative experience for everyone at AMC. Beyond that, working with Vince, his brilliant cast and crew, and our wonderful partners at Sony has been remarkable in every way. While it is sad to even contemplate the end of this series, we are so happy to have had the chance to go on this ride, and truly look forward to presenting the rest of this amazing story," Collier said in a statement.

"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."

"Breaking Bad" stars Emmy Award winners Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn, Dean Norris, Betsy Brandt, RJ Mitte, Bob Odenkirk, Giancarlo Esposito and Jonathan Banks.

Cranston plays a milquetoast high school chemistry teacher who lives in New Mexico with his wife, teenage son who has cerebral palsy and a new baby girl. White is diagnosed with Stage III cancer and given a prognosis of two years left to live. With a new sense of fearlessness based on his medical prognosis, and a desire to gain financial security for his family, White chooses to enter a dangerous world of drugs and crime and ascends to power, AMC said in a synopsis.

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