Breaking Bad fans who want to binge-watch the entire series from beginning to end should clear their schedules next month.
The second half of the fifth season will be available to US Netflix subscribers on February 24. Currently, the series ends with the midseason finale, "Gliding Over All," which aired on AMC on September 2, 2012. The first episode of the final eight, "Blood Money," aired almost a year later on August 11, 2013. The series finale, "Felina," aired September 29, drawing a series high of 10.38 million, nearly double the audience for "Blood Money" (5.92 million).
While the Emmy-winning series won't be returning this fall, the Breaking Bad spinoff Better Call Saul is set to premiere in November. An exact date has yet to be announced. AMC executive vice president of programming, production and digital content Joel Stillerman said the writers are "just starting to break story" on the spinoff.
"You know, taking an inherently funny character and surprising people in both directions," he said. "It's an hour show, it will be a drama, but it will also be very funny, as Bob's character was on that show."
Last month, Netflix announced that it would stream the first season of Better Call Saul in the US and Canada after the season finale airs on TV. The first season will stream in Latin America and Europe just after it is broadcast in the US.
"Breaking Bad is widely recognized as one of the great TV experiences in this new golden age of television," Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said. "It has also proven very popular with Netflix subscribers around the world. This spin-off promises to continue its tradition of powerful storytelling."
Sarandos added, "We are proud to be in business with Sony Pictures Television to bring Saul Goodman to our subscribers around the world."
Breaking Bad is nominated for two Directors Guild of America Awards. Creator Vince Gilligan and star Bryan Cranston are both nominated for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in a Dramatic Series. Gilligan is nominated for "Felina" and Cranston is nominated for "Blood Money." Cranston is also nominated in the Comedy Series category for the Modern Family episode "The Old Man and the Tree."