Bryan Cranston stars as Walter White in 'Breaking Bad.' / Courtesy AMC
(USA TODAY) Breaking Bad will return for its final eight-episode season Aug. 11, AMC announced Wednesday.
The Emmy-winning series starring Bryan Cranston as a cancer-stricken teacher-turned-meth dealer, will air Sundays at 9 ET/PT. It will be followed by new drama Low Winter Sun, about a cop-killing Detroit detective, starring Mark Strong and Lennie James. At 11, AMC will air Talking Bad, a live half-hour talk show about that night's Bad episode, modeled onTalking Dead, a companion to the network's top cable hit The Walking Dead.
Also due this summer is the third season of The Killing, with a new cast joining stars Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman, Sundays at 9 ET/PT after a two-hour premiere June 2 at 8. And Hell on Wheelsreturns on a new night, Saturdays at 9, on Aug. 3, when it will be paired with Western movies and reruns of TV classics such as Rawhide.
AMC is going into the past and future with several new projects being developed as possible series:
-Ballistic City is a futuristic drama about "a former cop thrust into the criminal underworld of a city housed in a generational space ship," the network says.
-King is a 1960s drama about King Carmichael, a segregationist-turned-civil rights advocate.
-Ashland is a family soap set in a 1950s Kentucky mining town.
-The Wall is a spy drama about an American businessman in 1960s Berlin.
-An untitled drama is set in the New York car industry of the 1920s.
-Another untitled drama, set in the near future, shows one family "torn apart in the conflict between a repressive government and the emerging movement for a second American Revolution."
-White City, the only project apparently set in present day, focuses on western diplomats and journalists living in Afghanistan.
On the reality-TV front, AMC has renewed Talking Dead, Comic Book Men andFreakshow, and is developing new projects including All-Star Celebrity Bowling andCancelled, a "social experiment" in which six households will be equipped with cameras and compete for "ratings" as the most-watched reality show.
Gary Levin, USA TODAY