Breaking Bad Has a Season 5 Premiere Date

Breaking Bad! Breaking Bad! Breaking Bad! I literally wrote three introductions for this story before settling on that, because it's the only one that truly captures how I feel about AMC's excellent series. All year long we've been waiting for AMC to announce an official premiere date for Breaking Bad's fifth season, and today we finally got it.

Season 5 will debut on July 15 at 10pm. That's less than two months away, guys! The network also confirmed the show's worst-kept secret: Season 5 will be eight episodes long. Breaking Bad has 16 episodes to call it a series, and they'll be split into two eight-episode seasons. The final eight episodes will air in the summer of 2013.

AMC also made two non-Walter-White-related announcements:

1. The network's newest unscripted series Small Town Security, a docudrama about a small, family-owned private security firm in Georgia, will follow Breaking Bad at 11pm for those who are into the "AMC has reality TV" thing.

2. Hell on Wheels, the Western starring Anson Mount will return for Season 2 on August 12 at 9pm. Season 1 debuted in November, so this is a big move up the calendar for the show as AMC continues its push toward year-round original programming.

July 15th! Party at Jesse Pinkman's house!

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