The tales of Bryan Cranston's Walt White will continue, as AMC has ordered a fourth season of Breaking Bad from Sony Pictures Television.
The series concluded its third season, which had scored a 20% gain in ratings, an 18% advance in viewers and a 30% uptick among adults 18 to 34, on June 13. The finale served as lead-in to a sneak peek for the network's upcoming original series Rubicon, which will officially bow on Aug. 1.
During the first two seasons of the show, Cranston became the only actor from basic cable to be saluted with back-to-back Emmys for lead actor in a drama series, for his portrayal of Walt White, a high school chemistry teacher who breaks bad by baking and selling crystal meth as a means to support his family long-term after he learns he has cancer.
"AMC's Breaking Bad is one of the most layered and intense dramas on television today," said Joel Stillerman, senior vice president of original programming, production and digital content, in a statement. "The critical acclaim and strong audience growth we've seen in season three reinforce that this is the kind of exceptional original storytelling AMC has become known for providing to audiences. Vince Gilligan and his team deliver bold storylines that truly push the psychic envelope and create a mesmerizing, exhilarating television experience. We look forward to an incredible fourth season."
"Through its captivating storytelling, inspired performances and breathtaking visuals, Breaking Bad delivers on all levels and it's a show we're v ery proud to have in our portfolio," said Zack Van Amburg, president, programming for Sony Pictures Television.