The last seven episodes of Mad Men’s split final season, will debut on April 5 at 10 PM, AMC announced at the top of its TCA session. “What an incredible journey this has been,” Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner said. “I take great pride in what the entire Mad Men team was able to create episode after episode, season after season. We sincerely thank the fans for joining us on this ride and hope it has meant as much to them as it has to us.”
In other AMC TCA news, the network announced a special event eight-hour miniseries Making of The Mob: New York, chronicling the historical roots of the original Five Families that led to the formation of the modern American mafia. The part documentary, part scripted series, produced by Stephen David Entertainment, will feature archival footage, interviews and reenactments and will premiere in summer ’15. Starring are Ian Bell as Meyer Lansky, John Stewart Jr. as Bugsy Siegel, Rich Graff as Lucky Luciano, Anthony DiCarlo as Frank Costello and Craig Rivela as Vito Genovese
ABC’s will extend the Mafia theme by partnering each episode of Making of The Mob: New York with a lead-in from the network’s library of iconic mobster films. Long the cornerstones of the popular annual “Mob Week” programming event, titles include The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, Goodfellas, American Gangster, Donnie Brasco, Scarface, Casino and Carlito’s Way.
Additionally, AMC officially announced the pickup of US and Canadian rights to BBC One’s adaptation of John Le Carre’s The Night Manager. Hugh Laurie and Tom Hiddelston star in the miniseries set to begin filming in the spring. Susan Bier is directing from a script by David Farr. The contemporary interpretation of le Carre’s espionage drama — and the first TV adaptation of a le Carre novel in more than two decades — follows a former British soldier (Hiddelston) as he navigates the shadowy recesses of Whitehall and Washington where an alliance operates between the intelligence community and the secret arms trade, infiltrating the inner circle of arms dealer (Laurie). The Ink Factory is producing.