"Breaking Bad" is set to return to AMC after the cable network and Sony Television came to an agreement, settling on 16 additional episodes for the drama about a high school teacher who turns to selling crystal meth, reports the Los Angeles Times’ Company Town blog.
It’s not likely that the 16 episodes will air as one season, however, the story notes. Instead, AMC is expected to space out the shows over the next few years. Sony and AMC had disagreed over the episode count for a fifth and final season the show, with Sony wanting 13 episodes and AMC eyeing an order of just half a dozen in order to manage costs.
With the new agreement, it’s possible that "Breaking Bad" won’t air on AMC in 2012, but will return to TV in 2013 and finish its run in 2014. The reason for spreading out the episodes across two years comes down to accounting: A network doesn’t have to account for the costs of producing the show until all the episodes are aired, the piece says.