‘Breaking Bad’ Season 5.5 Premiere Date Announced [+ AMC Summer 2013 Schedule]

The end really is nigh for Walter and Jesse.

The final eight episodes of Breaking Bad will begin airing August 11th, AMC announced today at their upfront presentation. The cable channel also revealed that the acclaimed series will be getting the same talk show treatment as zombie juggernaut The Walking Dead. Airing immediately after each new episode at 11:00 p.m. will be Talking Bad, a live, half-hour chat show built around analyzing every detail of the final episodes.

AMC also announced the rest of their summer schedule, which includes the premiere dates for Low Winter Sun and season two of Small Town Security. Here is a complete rundown of the schedule, including descriptions for new series:

Thursday, May 9 at 10PM – “Small Town Security” Season 2

Thursday, May 23 at 9PM – “Showville”
Produced by Storyvision Entertainment and distributed by Sony Pictures Television; Executive Producer: Laurie Girion (“Cheerleader Nation,” “Welcome to Sweetie Pies”)

Fame meets Main on AMC’s new unscripted competition series, “Showville.” The series centers around a small town talent show featuring local acts, who get the chance of a lifetime to be in the spotlight. “Showville” is a celebration of performing, and a fond, funny look at the lives, workplaces and families of these acts and what happens to them when Hollywood comes to town. Each week, a one-hour episode of “Showville” touches down in a quintessentially American small town and puts together a talent show in a mere four days.

Sunday, June 2nd at 8PM- “The Killing” special two-hour season 3 premiere

Saturday, August 3rd at 9PM- “Hell On Wheels” season 3 premiere

Sunday, August 11 at 9PM – “Breaking Bad” kicks off its final eight episodes

Sunday, August 11 at 10PM – “Low Winter Sun”
Co-production from Endemol Studios and AMC Studios; Executive Producer and Writer: Chris Mundy (“Criminal Minds,” “Cold Case”)

Starring Mark Strong (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier Spy, Zero Dark Thirty) and Lennie James (“The Walking Dead,” “Jericho,” Snatch), “Low Winter Sun” is a contemporary story of murder, deception, revenge and corruption in a world where the line between cops and criminals is blurred. The series begins with the murder of a cop by a fellow Detroit detective.

Seemingly the perfect crime, in reality the murder activates forces that will forever alter the detective’s life, and pull him into the heart of the Detroit underworld. The ten-episode series is based on the 2006 award-winning British two-part mini-series of the same name written by Simon Donald and produced by Tiger Aspect Productions (an Endemol Company).

Thursday, August 15 at 9PM – “Owner’s Manual”
Produced by Asylum Entertainment (“The Kennedys,” “Addicted,” “The Locator”); Executive Producers: Steve Michaels, Jonathan Koch and Alex Piper

“Owner’s Manual” will test one of the most common divides among man – those who read the owner’s manual and those who do not. Representing each side of this divide, Ed Sanders (“Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”) and Marcus Hunt (HGTV’s “Hammer Heads”) are put to the test in a weekly challenge where they attempt to operate today’s most advanced, dangerous and powerful machinery and technology – from a stunt plane to an off-road racing car to a locomotive, and more. With opposing points of view and conflicting methods of practice — one man works strictly from the rule book, while the other uses only his instincts — the real test will be how this “everyman” duo can collaborate to accomplish their challenge.

The series premiere will feature two new episodes, back-to-back, from 9-10pm, with one new episode and one repeat episode airing from 9-10pm each week thereafter.

Thursday, August 15 at 10PM – “The Pitch” Season 2