AMC has at last announced an Aug. 11 return for Breaking Bad, and confirmed a live after-show called Talking Bad to accompany the hit drama's final eight episodes.
Like The Walking Dead companion show The Talking Dead, Talking Dead will analyze the details of each episode as the series winds down its fifth and final season. It will air Sundays at 11 p.m. ET/PT, immediately following Breaking Bad.
In addition, the cable network also renewed Talking Dead, Comic Book Men and Freakshow, and announced development of the following scripted series:
- King: Executive produced by Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski of MSNBC's Morning Joe, and written and executive produced by Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider (Boardwalk Empire, The Sopranos), the project is set in the early 1960s, when 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: 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: The drama series follows western diplomats and journalists living in Afghanistan.
- Untitled Dahvi Waller Project: Written and executive produced Dahvi Waller (Mad Men), it's set against the New York automobile industry of the 1920s,where 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.