Hold onto your skinny ties, Mad Men is in trouble! Negotiations between creator Matt Weiner and AMC seemed to be back on track, but now they're on the rocks. Of course, just like in the 1960s world of Mad Men, money is the issue. The two sides had agreed on a 2 year, $30 million dollar deal that would make Weiner one of the highest paid show runners in basic cable history, but...he objected to some of AMC's demands.
AMC/Lionsgate wanted to cut two minutes from each episode to make more time for commercials, and integrate more product placement. The network also wanted to fire two actors from the show to cut costs. Neither of the actors have been revealed but I would imagine those characters have already all but disappeared from the show anyways. Weiner and AMC had a similar battle two years ago when he asked for two extra minutes, having the show run over the 11 p.m. hour. This was done so that an extra ad could air without cutting the script down.
Insiders are saying that Weiner is being screwed, and I don't want him to just settle but I need this show back! Reps for Lionsgate and AMC claim negotiations with Weiner's reps continue. The actors from the show have all being doing other work, Jon (Delicious) Hamm is currently filming 'Friends With Kids' and is in the just released 'Sucker Punch.' Christina Hendricks who plays Joan Harris is filming a movie with Sarah Jessica Parker, while Elisabeth Moss is doing a play on Broadway.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly at the time, Weiner said,
"It would be heartbreaking for me if they don't work it out, horrifying really. It would be a shame for fans to never get to see what great stuff we have planned for Don and company."
*cries into my drink*
** UPDATE!!! Looks like we'll be getting another season of Mad Men after all, but not until 2012. AMC released this statement,
A statement from AMC:
“AMC has officially authorized production of season 5 of Mad Men, triggering our option with Lionsgate (Mad Men‘s production company). While we are getting a later start than in years past due to ongoing, key non-cast negotiations, Mad Men will be back for a fifth season in early 2012.”
Written by: Brittani