Sony Pictures Television and AMC have come to terms on a 16-episode order of series “Breaking Bad,” according to sources close to the negotiations.
The order will represent the final episodes of the series, allowing its creators to map out an end game for “Bad’s” storylines.
The studio and cable network have been negotiating for months on the financial terms of the deal, which could have led Sony to find another network to continue the series if AMC couldn’t handle the cost.
“Bad,” which has garnered significant critical acclaim and respectable Nielsen ratings for a basic-cable series, is currently in its fourth season.
What has yet to be determined is whether the fifth and final season will be split into separate seasons or the 16 episodes will air in one continuous cycle. Also to be decided is when the series would return to production and when its final season would premiere.
Negotiations went down to the wire with a deadline looming on picking up the actors’ options, which meant reaching a deal soon was critical. However, Sony still needs to come to terms with actors and top producers for “Bad” on what it will take to get them back for a fifth season, though that’s not expected to be as tough a negotiation as it was to bring the series back to AMC.