After rumors that Season 5 of the hit AMC drama was in jeopardy, AMC responded by stating they are moving ahead with production.
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.
So, you won’t be seeing Don Draper and friends this summer like you had hoped. At least this is good news in that it will be, in fact, coming back.
So what were the rumors that were floating around that put the show in danger? Apparently showrunner Matthew Weiner was asking for $30 million for the next two years. In order to get that, AMC wanted some concessions, such as 2 minutes shaved off the show’s time in order to air more commercials, product placement, and the roles of two series regulars needed be either reduced or eliminated to save money. No word yet on if these were agreed upon or even if Weiner and AMC/Lion’s Gate have agreed to any terms for his return.
The last point would be a big problem for me. We already lost some really good characters from early on in the show (Sal’s art director was great). I would hate to see them lose more of the talented cast.