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'Mad Men' returns with 2-hour premiere

The cast of Mad Men. The series is

The cast of Mad Men. The series is nominated for an Emmy award in the best drama category. Credit: AMC

Big news outta the press tour in Pasadena:

First, "Mad Men" will launch as a two-hour premiere on March 25. That's two! Never happened before on this show. Obvious compensation for the year and a half layover.

And this: "The Walking Dead" launches Feb. 12, followed by a new series called "Comic Book Men." 

The "Mad Men" release:

As one of the most highly anticipated season premieres of the year, the Emmy® and Golden Globe® Award-winning drama “Mad Men” is back with a two-hour season 5 premiere on Sunday, March 25 at 9 p.m. 

Written by Matthew Weiner and directed by Jennifer Getzinger, the season premiere episode will also be available on the Monday after air.

Following the premiere, on Sunday, April 1, “Mad Men” will return to its regular time slot at 10 p.m. with an episode written by Erin Levy and Matthew Weiner and directed by Jon Hamm.

The "Walking Dead" release:

Immediately following “The Walking Dead” is the premiere of AMC’s newest unscripted series, “Comic Book Men,” at 10 p.m.

 Executive produced by Kevin Smith ("Clerks," "Chasing Amy"), Charlie Corwin’s Original Media (“LA Ink,” “Storm Chasers”) and Elyse Seiden ("Red State"), the series (formerly titled “Secret Stash”) is set in Smith’s iconic comic shop Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash, and captures the world of the neighborhood comic book store and fan boy culture.

The season consists of 6 one-hour episodes

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