SundanceTV, February 25, 2013

Sundance Channel ‘BREAKS BAD’ With Off Network Premiere Beginning Monday, March 4TH AT 11pm ET/PT

Network Acquires Rights to Critically Acclaimed Series ‘Breaking Bad,’ Touted as TV’s Best Drama, Making Sundance Channel the Only U.S. Cable Network to Air the Series Outside of AMC

New York, Feb. 25, 2013 – Sundance Channel has acquired the rights for the off network premiere of the  Emmy®and Golden Globe® Award winning series “Breaking Bad,” allowing the show’s loyal fan base and new viewers to experience this  acclaimed series from season one through season four in their entirety. Beginning Monday, March 4th at 11:00 pm ET/PT.

Viewers will be able to witness Walter White’s dramatic transformation on “Breaking Bad” from the very beginning through the shocking season four finale, as two back-to-back episodes air every Monday night at 11pm and midnight ET.  The series will follow premiere episodes of Sundance Channel original series “The Staircase: Last Chance” on March 4th and 11th, “Top of the Lake” March 18th – April 15th and “Rectify” from “Breaking Bad” producers, Gran Via’s Mark Johnson and Melissa Bernstein, April 22nd – May 27th.

Over the past five seasons, “Breaking Bad” has been heralded as one of the best TV dramas on television. USA Today called it, “As hard and sharp and brilliant as a diamond, and in the TV landscape, just as valuable” while People Magazine called it, “The best TV drama ever.” The New York Post described lead character Walter White, “The best antihero on television. Not just today, but ever.”

“’Breaking Bad’ has become a benchmark for storytelling at its finest and we are proud to air this series as we embark on our own scripted programming with the upcoming debut of ‘Rectify,’ which is produced by the same incredible team behind ‘Breaking Bad’,” commented Sarah Barnett, Sundance Channel’s General Manager and Executive Vice President.“We are looking forward to giving viewers another opportunity to catch up with what has been called TV’s best drama.”

“Breaking Bad” follows protagonist Walter White (Bryan Cranston), a chemistry teacher who lives in New Mexico with his wife (Anna Gunn) and teenage son (RJ Mitte) who has cerebral palsy. White is diagnosed with Stage III cancer and given a prognosis of two years left to live. With a new sense of fearlessness based on his medical prognosis, and a desire to secure his family’s financial security, White chooses to enter a dangerous world of drugs and crime and ascends to power in this world. The series explores how a fatal diagnosis such as White’s releases a typical man from the daily concerns and constraints of normal society and follows his transformation from mild family man to a kingpin of the drug trade.

“Breaking Bad” is produced by High Bridge Productions, Inc. and Gran Via Productions in association with Sony Pictures Television for AMC. The series is filmed on location in Albuquerque, NM. 

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About Sundance Channel
Sundance Channel is the destination for What’s Next, Now.  Showcasing both today’s creative icons and the emerging talent of tomorrow, Sundance Channel tells bold stories with a fresh point of view. In addition to award winning films, Sundance Channel is home to daring new original programming. Launched in 1996 and owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc., Sundance Channel provides perspectives dedicated to founder Robert Redford’s mission to celebrate creativity.

About AMC Networks Inc.

Dedicated to producing quality programming and movie content for more than 30 years, AMC Networks Inc. owns and operates several of the most popular and award-winning brands in cable television. AMC, IFC, Sundance Channel, WE tv, and IFC Films produce and deliver distinctive, compelling and culturally relevant content that engages audiences across multiple platforms. The company also operates AMC/Sundance Channel Global, an international programming business, and AMC Networks Broadcasting & Technology, a full-service network programming feed origination and distribution company.

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Elana Mayerfield