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Oscar winning screenwriter Robert Towne is joining the Mad Men writing staff for the show’s final season, which AMC announced will be split in two parts.
Towne will act as a consulting producer on the show, which was created by Matthew Weiner, notes Variety. The site notes that he is not the only new member of the writing staff, since Nine To Five writer Patricia Resnick and David Iserson (New Girl, Saturday Night Live) will also join. Writers’ assistant Carly Wray was also promoted to staff writer.
The news came on the same day that AMC announced that the final season of Mad Men will unfold over two years. The first seven episodes will air in Spring 2014 and the second seven episodes will air in spring 2015. This similar plan helped boost rating for Breaking Bad, which is currently in the second half of its last season.
Towne won an Oscar for his original screenplay for Roman Polanski’s Chinatown. He also earned nominations for The Last Detail (1973), Shampoo (1975) and Greystoke: the Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes (1984). His recent credits include Mission: Impossible II and Days of Thunder.
AMC did not set a return date for Mad Men. The series is set in the 1960s and stars Jon Hamm as ad executive Don Draper.