‘Mad Men’ Season 5 Pushed to 2012

March 29th, 2011 // 24 Comments

Despite heated contract talks with series creator Matthew Weiner*snorts* - AMC has officially greenlit a fifth season of Mad Men except new episodes won’t air until early 2012 and the network’s official statement still lists the negotiations as “ongoing” which means they could still go to shit at any moment. Via Deadline:

“AMC has officially authorized production of season 5 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.”

The announcement comes as a surprise because just last night Deadline had reported talks with Weiner – *titters* – were collapsing over some pretty key issues including the $30 million he’s asking to make in the next two years:

Though Weiner is poised to become the highest-paid showrunner on basic cable, we hear that he is objecting to three things AMC/Lionsgate are asking for: integrating product placement into the series, cutting 2 minutes from each episode’s running time in favor of more commercials and eliminating/reducing two regular cast members to save money. Weiner is resisting all of the above. “This is their storied franchise, and they want it shorter and cheaper, with fewer actors and more product integration,” an insider said. “The negotiations are about to collapse as a result.”

Look, I’m no Emmy-winning television writer, but would it kill the integrity of the show if for one episode, the entire cast stayed at a beach house on the Jersey Shore? Not only would it boost ratings, but I think we can all agree it’d be adorable. Christina Hendricks can wear a Bumpit while Jon Hamm runs around showing everyone his abs. “I think we got ourselves a ‘situation’ over here. Also, you’re pathetic.”

Or they can all be vampires. Kids love vampires.

UPDATE: Mediaite reports the show is coming back with or without Matthew Weiner which means less episodes where Don Draper is essentially Tony Soprano? I have no clue.

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  1. That Guy

    Christina Hendricks. :P……………

    • needs to show her tits in Playboy. no iffs or ands, but do include a butt..

      • Da Trooooooof

        I asked for HOT Jon Hamm photos and this is what you give me? Pics with scruff?! I mean don’t get me wrong he is still hot as fuck, but I mean come on fish…COME ON!! Am I supposed to pleasure myself to these? :(

  2. How much do they spend making dresses to cover Christina Hendrix’s bust? Because I think the artistic integrity would be just fine if they stopped doing that.

  3. dont get it

    man, i wish this show would hurry up and come back. UGH!

  4. Ed

    For $30 million dollars they could put a talking squirrel in my show, and I’d still sign the contract.

  5. eatme

    …this show just bores me now. all style, no content. seriously, the mood is all there, but…BORING!!! Personally, I think that axing a few cast members would be good a good thing: for a show where is seems like nothing really happens, there is in fact TOO MUCH happening with too many people. I love Altman’s work, but here it just seems so unnecessary and derivative. And let’s be honest, there is nothing particularly clever about the dialogue: the realism is refreshing at first but then it just drags.

  6. If it takes place in the 70′s I might start watching it.

  7. bradspithair

    I strongly dislike this guy; i guess some of it’s the Hamm worshippers, his statements about how he is sooo faithful to his gf, but a lot of it is that he looks like he needs way to much ass-kissing and attention. He looks like he’d be a pain inthe butt and not in a good way. People like that turn me off. Also, i do not find him attractive in the least. I much prefer the laid-back type, that is very sexy to me. Go ahead flame me for that, but this guy gets on my nerves.

    • bradspithair

      I dont like that fat painted-up sloppy pig Hendricks either. It looks like a whorish pig joker face with 5# makeup on, and it looks/acts like a scary clown reject from the circus. That hog needs to sit down, because its an embarassment to all women.

  8. Jim Jones

    Sounds like a recipe for losing all that made that show popular in the first place.

  9. chiarosquirrel

    God forbid we besmirch the integrity of a show about advertising executives with product placement.

  10. Laurie

    I imagine this is ‘Morning Jon’. Scruffy, bespectacled and horny. God he’s so handsome it makes me sick. You take all the time you need, babe. Every show in the world needs you to guest star

    • browny

      Uh, huh, he’s so gorgeous. Not just because of they way he looks – HOT- but because of the complete sexiness of his personality… seems really intelligent, interesting and .. mmmm, like I said, gorgeous.

  11. browny

    Yummmmmmmmmmmmmy

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    noooooooooooooooooo. gooddamn studios. i was so looking forward to more mad men this summer and now i have to wait. such bullshit.

  13. The Regular Joe

    until then you can read some stuff about Mr. draper
    http://theregjoe.blogspot.com/2011/03/soprano-draper-paradox.html

  14. Nerds…nerds…NERDS!!!!

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