AMC has renewed its award-winning Breaking Bad for a third season.
The series, starring Bryan Cranston as a high school teacher Walt White who turns crystal meth chef as a means to secure his family's future after he's diagnosed with stage III cancer, will begin production later this year. The third season is slated to bow in 2010.
Breaking Bad yesterday won a 2008 George Foster Peabody Award, while Cranston took home the Emmy for best dramatic area for his turn during the series first season.
During its second campaign, Breaking Bad, which premieres Sunday nights at 10 p.m. (ET), has been watched by some 9.6 million viewers with its various encores.
"Breaking Bad is one of the most unique and layered dramas on television today," said Joel Stillerman, senior vice president of original programming, production and digital content, in a statement. "The Peabody win, the critical acclaim and strong audience growth for the second season reinforce that this is the kind of exceptional original storytelling AMC intends to deliver to audiences. Vince Gilligan and his team deliver bold storylines that truly push the psychic envelope and create a mesmerizing television experience. We look forward to an incredible third season."