The world must really be coming to an end in 2012 because one of the best shows on television, Mad Men, has failed settle negotiations in time for it’s usual July premiere date.
Just as we had feared, Mad Men Season 5 will not premiere until early NEXT YEAR because of money. AMC, Matt Weiner and Lionsgate did not iron things out in time for the new season, leaving fans feening with their pipes out. Especially come summer when it’s hot, the kids are out of school and we have no Mad Men to go with our Old Fashioned. (Don Draper’s drink of choice.)
We hear Matt Weiner is refusing to back down to AMC’s demands that the episodes be cut shorter for more advertising opportunities, that product placement be implemented and that two regular cast members be cut for financial reasons. Weiner is refusing to back down for all three. Good for him. Sounds like AMC is getting greedy.
“AMC has officially authorised production of season five of Mad Men, triggering our option with Lionsgate. 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.”
We’re pretty sure the Mad Men cast aren’t exactly thrilled with this news either. Everyone who works on the show seems to love it, and the fact that it should be shooting right now is probably throwing a wrench into many of their schedules.
Once we have a Mad Men Season 5 premiere date, we’ll lay it on you. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, folks. It’s going to be a long year.
Don Draper: ““I’m living like there’s no tomorrow, because there isn’t one.”