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How Much Would You Pay? Jeffrey Katzenberg Offered $75 Million For 3 More 'Breaking Bad' Episodes

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist October 9, 2013 at 2:02PM

Last Sunday, a strange thing happened. Between 9 and 10 PM in living rooms all over the nation, people didn't know what to do. For the last eight weeks, folks had been hitting AMC for their weekly fix of "Breaking Bad" as it wound down its last season, right up to the finale and now....people are looking for the next show to get hooked on. But until the eventual Saul Goodman spinoff, fans of the world created by Vince Gilligan will have to fill the void in some other way, but not for lack of trying on the part of Jeffrey Katzenberg.
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Last Sunday, a strange thing happened. Between 9 and 10 PM in living rooms all over the nation, people didn't know what to do. For the last eight weeks, folks had been hitting AMC for their weekly fix of "Breaking Bad" as it wound down its last season, right up to the finale and now....people are looking for the next show to get hooked on. But until the eventual Saul Goodman spinoff, fans of the world created by Vince Gilligan will have to fill the void in some other way, but not for lack of trying on the part of Jeffrey Katzenberg.

The CEO of DreamWorks Animation is currently attending Mipcom in Cannes, and he used the opportunity to reveal that he was willing to put up $75 million for three more episodes of the show. “I had this crazy idea. I was nuts for the show. I had no idea where this season was going,” he said. “The last series cost about $3.5 million an episode. So they would make more profit from these three shows than they made from five years of the entire series.”

We're not sure how they would "make more profit" (the series is owned by Sony, which again, makes Katzenberg's dream a bit iffy) but perhaps it has to do with his kind of terrible idea of rolling out out the three hours. Firstly, they would pick up where the series finale left off and then he would "show the extra content as six-minute segments over 30 days online." Three hours split up into six minute servings? And oh yeah, at 50 to 99 cents a pop? No, thanks. (Basically, you'd wind up paying $30 for three more hours with...Jesse?).

Katzenberg admits he dreamed up this idea before he knew how the show would end, but if this is really how executives are thinking about releasing shows in the future, we should all be worried. [Variety]

This article is related to: Television, TV News, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Breaking Bad


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