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Dreamworks Reveals Rejected Offer To Pay For Bonus Breaking Bad Episodes

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10/13/2013 11:00 am
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Dreamworks Reveals Rejected Offer To Pay For Bonus Breaking Bad Episodes

Susan Booth

Staff Writer

Even though Breaking Bad has come to an end, it’s safe to say that fans are still hungry for more. The idea of having some bonus features, or even some bonus episodes would keep fans happy! Nice thought as it was, it doesn’t look like we will see them anytime soon, even though it was offered. CEO of DreamWorks Animation Jeffrey Katzenberg has revealed that he had actually offered to pay for bonus episodes of the hit AMC series Breaking Bad, according to Digital Spy. When Katzenberg spoke at Mipcom in Cannes, it was stated that he offered $75 million to do three bonus episodes that would take place after the show’s ending. Katzenberg said, "I had this crazy idea. I was nuts for the show. I had no idea where this season was going. The last series cost about $3.5m an episode, so they would make more profit from these three shows than they made from five years of the entire series." Katzenberg also said that he had planned to split the extra episodes into 5-6 minute segments that would be released over a 30 day period, and that the viewers would be charged anywhere between 50-99 cents per segment to view the episode. "I said [to the Breaking Bad team], 'I'm going to create the greatest pay-per-view television event for scripted programming anybody's ever done'," he explained. “I just think that there is a whole new platform for entertainment... and the higher the quality of the stuff that fills it, the higher people will be paid for the work that they are doing there.” Sadly for Breaking Bad fans, this was a fantastic idea that would never see the light of day. This was further cemented after Katzenberg decided to ditch his plans after he discovered just how the series was going to end. Breaking Bad’s final episode entitled “Felina”, which aired on September 29th, managed to attract 10.28 million viewers total, the highest ratings ever for the drama series.


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