“Mad Men” Deal Struck, Still Won’t Air Until 2012">“Mad Men” Deal Struck, Still Won’t Air Until 2012
Because of the campaign, I missed the last part of Season 4. All I know from what I saw of the season is that Sally Draper is going to be one messed up little girl for a long, long time.
I suppose we should rejoice. (Though in my opinion, “Breaking Bad” is probably both the best show on AMC and all of television.)
Don Draper might make it to the 1970s after all. After a protracted standoff, AMC, Lionsgate and Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner have reached an agreement for seasons five and six of the Emmy-winning drama.
Weiner, who will return as showrunner, has also signed a new long-term deal with Lionsgate. As a result of the negotiations, however, season five isn’t expected to air until next year.
“I want to thank all of our wonderful fans for their support,” Weiner said in a statement. “I also want to thank AMC and Lionsgate for agreeing to support the artistic freedom of myself, the cast and the crew so that we can continue to make the show exactly as we have from the beginning. I’m excited to get started on the next chapter of our story.”
“AMC’s original programming began with a mission to create bold storytelling of the highest quality, and Mad Men was the perfect expression of that commitment,” Charlie Collier, president of AMC, said in a statement. “We’ve been proud to support this show from the day we read Matt’s ground-breaking pilot script and have loved building it with Matt and Lionsgate into the cultural phenomenon it has become. For everyone involved in the show and its passionate fans, we are thrilled to announce that the series will continue on AMC under the exceptional vision of Matt Weiner.”
The reason for the postponement is simple; there are no scripts. Without a concrete contract, Weiner and his team of writers had no obligation to write one word. So, they could have all the ideas they need for “Mad Men’s” Season Five, the actors have no words to say in front of the cameras.
(Though, given the pace of some episodes, who would have noticed the difference?)