As talks between AMC and Sony Pictures Television over the fate of “Breaking Bad” enter what appears to be the home stretch — the license fee expires in 11 days — it is becoming increasingly likely that the show will remain on AMC, Deadline.com reports.
That’s despite interest from FX, which reportedly perked up when Sony sent out feelers recently during a tough patch in the negotiations.
An AMC offer for a standard 13-episode final season is on the table, according to the story, but Sony reportedly wants more. It now appears that the final arrangement could be for 13 to 20 episodes spread over two seasons, the story reports.
AMC is asking Sony for some budget participation, with total per-episode costs at about $3.2 million, the piece notes. The show’s strong fourth-season ratings are helping to ease negotiations, the story adds.