AMC Reups Breaking Bad

AMC is heading back to the lab for another season of Breaking Bad, ordering a flight of 13 new episodes.

The Rainbow Media network announced the pick-up Wednesday, putting an end to months of speculation over the fate of the gritty drama. Starring Malcolm in the Middle alum Bryan Cranston as a high-school chemistry teacher who starts a meth lab upon learning that he has terminal cancer, Bad bowed in January to a respectable 1.35 million viewers.

While AMC originally planned to run nine episodes of Bad, the season was cut short by the Writers Guild of America strike. Ultimately, the net only ran seven episodes, averaging a .9 household rating and 641,000 viewers 25-54.

AMC did not disclose when it planned to begin production on the second season of Bad, or when the show would return. Nor has it set a precise date for the return of its widely acclaimed original drama series Mad Men, other than to say that the show will be back sometime in July.