Just as I was becoming a fan, I found out that Mad Men, one of my new favourite shows (I know, it took a while for me to catch on), will delay the start of their next season until 2012 – all due to ongoing contract negotiations between Mr. Matt Weiner, the creator of the Mad Men series, and AMC.
“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,” the network said in a statement. Although AMC has eluded that production of Mad Men’s fifth season with Lionsgate has been authorized – the exact date it will hit our screens is yet to be seen.
At the Television Critics Association press tour in January, AMC’s senior vice-president of Original Programming stated: “Mad Men is definitely coming back for Season 5, but don’t ask me when, because we’re not sure yet.”
Rumour has it negotiation ‘hot spots’ include AMC and Lionsgate’s desire to include more commercials, more product placement within the show’s content, while also trimming 2 cast members, as well as the length of the program by two minutes. If this deal pulls through, Weiner is poised to become the highest-paid showrunner on cable television at a rate of $15 million per year.