09/17/2013 05:04 pm ET

'Mad Men' Season 7 Adds Robert Towne, Oscar-Winning Screenwriter, To Writing Staff


"Mad Men" has added Oscar-winning screenwriter Robert Towne to its Season 7 writing staff, according to Variety.

Towne, who won a best original screenplay Oscar for 1974's "Chinatown," will serve as a consulting producer for "Mad Men's" seventh and final season. His other notable credits include "Mission: Impossible" and "Mission: Impossible II," "The Firm" and "Days of Thunder." He'll join other new "Mad Men" recruits Patricia Resnick (“Nine to Five”) who is also a consulting producer, and David Iserson ("Saturday Night Live," "New Girl") who will co-produce.

As previously reported, the final season of "Mad Men" will be split into two parts, with its first seven episodes to air in spring 2014 and its final seven to air in spring 2015. It's a strategy AMC utilized for the final season of "Breaking Bad," which is currently wrapping up its run with series-high ratings.

For more, click over to Variety.

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