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AMC announces return of ‘Mad Men’ and debut of ‘Better Call Saul’

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AMC’s day at the annual winter edition of the Television Critics Association winter press tour kicked off this morning with a few key return dates for the network’s big marquee series including one of the more anticipated new shows of 2014.

While some were skeptical “Breaking Bad” spin-off “Better Call Saul” would ever actually see air, network executives today put those rumors to rest by giving the program a November 2014 debut. While no specific date has been given yet, the drama will likely be positioned to capitalize on the season 5 premiere of network staple “The Walking Dead.” “Saul” will feature “Bad” breakout star Bob Odenkirk reprising his role as shady lawyer Saul Goodman in the days before he ever first met Walter White.

Although long before fans return to the world of “Breaking Bad,” they’ll be invited back to the advertising firm of “Sterling Cooper & Partners” as “Mad Men” will start the end of their run in April. Split into two parts, the first seven episodes of “Men’s” final season will bow on Sunday April 13 at 10 p.m. EST and then the back half will start around the same time in 2015.

Paired with “Mad Men,” will be new drama “Turn,” which is based on the book “Washington’s Spies” by Alexander Rose and looks at “The Cupler Ring;” the group helped turn the tide of the Revolutionary War. “Turn” will bow a week prior on Sunday April 6 with a special 90 minute premiere.

The third of AMC’s three new dramas “Halt and Catch Fire,” which looks at the personal computing boom of the early 1980’s will then make its debut this summer. Western “Hell On Wheels,” which surprisingly held its own on Saturday nights in 2013, is expected to make its return around the same time.

AMC will also look to find its first big unscripted hit with “Game Of Arms.” The reality series about arm-wrestling will premiere on Tuesday February 25 at 10 p.m. while the returns of “Small Town Security” and “Freakshow” are set for May.

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