After 'Mad Men': AMC Execs Discuss Their Hits, And What's Next

01/15/2014 09:31 am ET | Updated Jan 23, 2014

Ever since AMC stunned the TV industry with the launch of Mad Men, the network’s executives have relished the channel’s unofficial brand as “the HBO of basic cable” — high-quality, award-winning, conversation-driving dramas, without viewers having to pay an extra $15 a month. But six years since the world became enamored with Don Draper and workplace smoke breaks, there’s a scary part of HBO’s track record that AMC is eager to avoid: The post-breakout slump.

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