AMC and Lionsgate today announced the return of the iconic series Mad Men for seasons five and six with series creator Matthew Weiner back on board as showrunner. Concurrently, it was announced that Weiner has signed a new long-term deal with Lionsgate, extending into a possible seventh season. The announcements were made by Charlie Collier, president of AMC, and Kevin L. Beggs, president of Lionsgate Television Group.
Mad Men's award-winning ensemble cast includes: Golden Globe-winner Jon Hamm, January Jones, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser, Christina Hendricks, John Slattery, Jared Harris, Rich Sommer, Aaron Staton, Robert Morse and Kiernan Shipka.Read More
The network made a similar move two years ago, greenlighting a new season before their negotiations with Matthew Weiner were finalized. Although this new deal would make Matthew Weiner one of the richest showrunners in television, with a deal worth $30 million over two seasons, he still has issues with a few points in the deal. The network wants to cut two minutes from each episode, to make room for more commercials, and AMC also wants to integrate product placement into the show. Matthew Weiner is disputing both these points, along with the network's desire to eliminate two regular cast members.
Although production has been "authorized" by AMC, there is still no timetable on when Season 5 of Mad Men will actually go in front of cameras.Read More
Negotiations between Mad Men creator/executive producer Matthew Weiner and AMC and Lionsgate Television have reached an impasse, which has delayed the production start of the popular show's 5th season.
Matthew Weiner objects to a few points in the deal, which would pay him an outstanding $30 million over two years. Matthew Weiner 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.Read More
The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences held The 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards Sunday night at the NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE in downtown Los Angeles and broadcast live coast-to-coast exclusively on NBC.
This year's Awards show was hosted by Jimmy Fallon, and celebrated some fresh faces and new programs such as Modern Family, which won best comedy over 30 Rock, which has held to that title for three consecutive years.Read More
Even though Matthew Weiner's hit AMC series is still one of the hottest shows on TV, it seems he has an end-game planned out already. The Weekly Blend is reporting that Weiner recently revealed at the National Association of Broadcasters conference in Las Vegas this week, that his series Mad Men could end after its sixth season. Here's an excerpt from the article.While fielding questions about how he is able to create great content year after year for the series, Weiner said that he could not see writing or even continuing the series past a 6th season if that were to happen.
Mad Men is currently in production on its fourth season, which will debut on AMC sometime this summer, although an exact release date hasn't been announced yet.Read More