'Breaking Bad' final episodes get premiere date, talk show

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Breaking Bad‘s home stretch has a premiere date, and is getting a talk show.

The final eight episodes of AMC’s acclaimed meth-drama will get underway starting Sunday, Aug. 11, the network announced at its upfront presentation to advertisers on Wednesday. The episodes technically represent the second half of the fifth season of the show.

AMC also announced its adding a post-episode chat show, Talking Bad. The network hopes to continue the success that it has enjoyed with its post-Walking Dead talk show, The Talking Dead. No word yet who will host.

The network is also developing a sci-fi drama titled Ballistic City, that’s been described as “Blade Runner meets Battlestar Galatica.” The logline: “A futuristic drama, Ballistic City is the story of a former cop thrust into the criminal underworld of a city housed in a generational space ship destined for an unknown world.”

More to come from AMC’s upfront…

Here’s all of AMC’s scripted development announcements:

·         “King”
Executive Producers: Joe Scarborough (MSNBC’s “Morning Joe”) and Mika Brzezinski (MSNBC’s “Morning Joe”); Writers and Executive Producers: Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider (“Boardwalk Empire,” “The Sopranos”)
In the early 1960s, Floridian King Carmichael sells his soul to a corrupt, racist political machine to win a seat in the Senate. Having run as a segregationist, he is then tapped by Lyndon B. Johnson to champion civil rights in the South.

·         “Ashland”
Writer and Executive Producer: Allison Anders (Gas, Food, Lodging, Mi Vida Loca) and Terry Graham; Co-Executive Producer: Shana Eddy
Set in 1950 in Ashland, a tiny mining town in Kentucky, the Evans family has just relocated from California and the matriarch, Del, must hide her family’s secrets and find a way to support her three children at the height of the Red Scare.

·         “White City”
Executive Producer: Tom Freston (MTV); Writers and Co-Executive Producers: Nick McDonell  (Twelve, The Third Brother, An Expensive Education) and John Dempsey
The drama series follows western diplomats and journalists living in Afghanistan.

·         “Untitled Dahvi Waller Project”
Writer and Executive Producer: Dahvi Waller (“Mad Men”)
Set against the New York automobile industry of the 1920s, two brothers struggle to keep their family-run company afloat with a class-hopping Ziegfeld girl and the daughter of an English competitor blurring the line between love and business.

·         “Untitled Tim Lea/Anonymous Content Project”
Writer and Executive Producer: Tim Lea (“Flash Forward,” “The Riches”); Executive Producers: David Kanter and Matt DeRoss of Anonymous Content (Winter’s Bone, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind)
In America’s near future, one family is nearly torn apart in the conflict between a repressive government and the emerging movement for a second American Revolution.

·         “The Wall”
Writers and Executive Producers: Jim Keeble and Dudi Appleton (Thorne); Executive Producer: Red Arrow; Executive Producer: Alan Greenspan (Donnie Brasco, High Fidelity)
In 1960s Berlin, an American businessman becomes embroiled in a web of East-West espionage.

·         “Ballistic City”
Writer and Executive Producer: Travis Beacham (Clash of the Titans, Pacific Rim); Executive Producer and Director: Joseph Kosinski (Tron: Legacy, Oblivion), Executive Producers: Steve Golin, Bard Dorros and Michael Sugar of Anonymous Content (Oblivion)
A futuristic drama, “Ballistic City” is the story of a former cop thrust into the criminal underworld of a city housed in a generational space ship destined for an unknown world.


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