AMC Says Production On ‘Mad Men’ Starts Next Month, Dodges Frank Darabont Questions

Thursday, July 28 by
 

AMC senior VP of original programming Joel Stillerman opened the AMC presentation to the Television Critics Association with some important news about their biggest shows. Mad Men, after a hotly contested season renewal negotiations, has added another season to its return order.

“We are announcing the return of season 5 and 6,” Stillerman said. “Matt and his incredible team are in the writer’s room breaking stories. Production starts Monday, August 8.”

As an added bonus, Jon Hamm will lend his handsomeness behind the scenes as well as in front of the camera as Don Draper. “Jon Hamm will be making his directorial debut for the season premiere of episode 5,” Stillerman added.

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After the departure of Frank Darabont from The Walking Dead, Stillerman was happy to praise new showrunner Glen Mazzara and the remaining crew, and even props to Darabont. “A very heartfelt thank you to Frank Darabont. He’s a visionary writer and director. He wrote a brilliant pilot and directed a brilliant pilot. His fingerprints are all over the adaptation.”

Stillerman still wouldn’t say why Darabont left though. “I don’t have much to add to the circumstances of it. I really mean what I say when I say Frank’s contribution to the series was invaluable and he’s a brilliant writer/director. We have full confidence in the team moving forward.”

For The Killing fans, season two promises to resolve the mystery of the first season. “I think the major takeaway for us after the finale of The Killing starts with the headline that for everybody who was frustrated, we hear you. If we had to do anything differently, we would certainly have taken a different approach to managing expectations within that season. I can tell you it was never intentionally meant to mislead anyone. Our goal was to create a brilliant piece of character-based storytelling. Veena Sud has an incredible vision for that show. Her writer’s room for season two opens next month and we’re incredibly excited about what’s coming down the pike. You will find out who killed Rosie Larson in season two definitively.”

More on AMC’s new series Hell on Wheels with the cast and creators soon.

 

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