Jon Hamm will direct the Season 5 premiere of the Emmy-winning series Mad Men, marking the actor's directorial debut. However, the premiere will air later than expected, with AMC setting a March 16, 2012 premiere date for Season 5.

After lengthy contract negotiations with series creator Matthew Weiner, AMC officially picked up a fifth and sixth season of Mad Men back in March. It was believed that Season 5 of Mad Men would debut in early 2012, possibly January, although it seems the network has pushed the premiere even later.

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Jon Hamm will be the second Mad Men cast member to direct an episode. John Slattery directed two episodes in Season 4, Episode 4.04: The Rejected and Episode 4.12: Blowing Smoke.

When Mad Men returns for Season 5, 16 months will have passed between Season 4 and Season 5.