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'Breaking Bad' good enough for a fourth season

June 14, 2010 | 10:03 am

  Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston
"Breaking Bad," the acclaimed AMC drama about a desperate chemistry teacher who turns to a life of crime to secure his family's financial stability, has been renewed for a fourth season.

Ratings for the drama, which aired its third-season finale Sunday, have grown 20% this season, placing it above "Mad Men" as the most popular series on the cable network. 

"Through its captivating storytelling, inspired performances and breathtaking visuals, 'Breaking Bad' delivers on all levels, and it's a show we're very proud to have in our portfolio," said Zack Van Amburg, president of  programming for Sony Pictures Television, which produces the series.

Bryan Cranston, who stars in "Breaking Bad," has scored two consecutive Emmy wins in the series' first two seasons for outstanding lead actor in a drama series.

--- Greg Braxton

Photo: Aaron Paul, left, and Bryan Cranston star in AMC's "Breaking Bad." Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

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