AMC's Sister Networks Shutting Down During Mad Men Finale

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Trivia: What do IFC, Sundance, BBC America, and WE tv have in common?

Answer One: Each channel operates under the umbrella of AMC Networks.

Answer Two: They’re all “going dark” this coming Sunday at 10 p.m, which means they will temporarily go off air.

The reason, of course, is the series finale of Mad Men that will air at the same time on AMC. Rather than broadcast their usual programming, those stations will simply run a message about the series and its finale—including where to find it, most likely.

As The Hollywood Reporter noted, the show has been a critical darling, but not a true ratings giant, and the extra boost from AMC’s sister networks can only help. (It’s interesting to note that Breaking Bad didn’t receive similar treatment, probably because that show didn’t need the help.)

AMC, for their part, will run the entire series in the lead-up to the finale, beginning Wednesday night at 6 p.m.

“Turning AMC over to Mad Men and airing every episode of every season as a lead-in to the finale on Sunday seems a fitting way to continue celebrating what this series has meant to the fans, to television and to our network,” AMC president Charlie Collier said in a statement. “We are also enormously appreciative of our sister networks who are paying tribute to this remarkable program that has had such an impact on our entire company.”

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