AMC, Sony reach deal for 'Breaking Bad' finale

August 15, 2011 2:35:17 AM PDT
The AMC network and producers of its popular "Breaking Bad" series have agreed to make a fifth and final season of the show.

Production on the final, 16-episode run will begin early next year and hasn't been scheduled for air.

Negotiations with series maker Sony Television had reportedly been tense, with Sony even contacting other networks to see if they'd be interested in picking up the show if AMC bowed out. The cable network, with another costly and popular series in "Mad Men," was looking to keep expenses down.

Actor Bryan Cranston has won three Emmy Awards for his portrayal of Walter White, a chemistry teacher turned drug kingpin after receiving a cancer diagnosis.

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