AMC: No More Mad Men Til 2012

Negotiations with Matthew Weiner force delay
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 29, 2011 11:48 AM CDT
Mad Men Season 5 Pushed Back to 2012 as AMC, Matthew Weiner Feud
Bad news, Don, you're not coming back this year.   (AP Photo/AMC)

Shut the door and have a seat, Mad Men fans, because we’ve got some bad news: Thanks to tense negotiations between AMC and show creator Matthew Weiner, Season 5 will be pushed back from this summer to early 2012. AMC today announced that it had exercised its option with series producer Lionsgate to officially greenlight a new season, but that it would be delayed by “key non-cast negotiations.”

Weiner is expected to sign a two-year contract worth nearly $30 million, making him the highest-paid showrunner on basic cable. But talks remain deadlocked, sources tell Deadline Hollywood, because AMC and Lionsgate are asking Weiner to put product placements in the show, shave 2 minutes off each episode to allow more time for commercials, and fire two regular cast members to save money, all of which Weiner refuses to do. (Read more Mad Men stories.)

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