Finally! Mad Men Season 5 will premiere Sunday, March 25, 2012.
Episode 501 will be two hours long and run from 9 to 11pm Eastern time. Subsequent episodes will run from 10 to 11 Eastern.
Season 2 of The Killing premieres Sunday, April 1, with a two-hour episode airing from 8 to 10 Eastern. The rest of the season will run from 9 to 10.
AMC has also ordered an extension to Season 3 of The Walking Dead.
UPDATE: Full text of the press release regarding Mad Men below the fold.
SUNDAY, MARCH 25
As one of the most highly anticipated season premieres of the year, the Emmy® and Golden Globe® Award-winning drama “Mad Men” is back with a two-hour season 5 premiere on Sunday, March 25 at 9pm ET/PT. Written by Matthew Weiner and directed by Jennifer Getzinger, the season premiere episode will also be available on amctv.com the Monday after air.
Following the premiere, on Sunday, April 1, “Mad Men” will return to its regular timeslot at 10pm ET/PT with an episode written by Erin Levy and Matthew Weiner and directed by Jon Hamm.
Fans looking to catch up on “Mad Men” can watch the fourth season On Demand, beginning Monday, January 23, or set their DVR every Sunday morning at 6:00am ET/PT when AMC continues to air episodes from seasons one through four (in order) leading up to the season five premiere.
Created by Emmy® and Golden Globe® winner Matthew Weiner and produced by Lionsgate, “Mad Men” made history last September as the first basic cable series ever to win the Emmy® for Outstanding Drama Series in four consecutive years. “Mad Men” stars Golden Globe® winner Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser, January Jones, John Slattery, Christina Hendricks, Jared Harris and Kiernan Shipka.