“Mad Men” has been a favorite of both critics and viewers of quality television for four solid seasons. And up to now, it’s been all but assumed that we’d be seeing at least a fifth season that could also serve as a “final season,” wrapping up all of the show’s disparate plotlines and thematic elements in a way that would surely satisfy all the fans of the show (except the ones on the internet). But now, show creator Matthew Weiner is telling Entertainment Weekly that he hasn’t begun working on the show’s fifth season while contract negotiations between AMC, the home of “Mad Men,” and Lionsgate, the production company take place. It looks like Weiner wants to continue working on the show, but is having to wait while financial issues between all the parties involved get worked out. Here’s Weiner on his vision for the show:
“I have every intention of making the show when they decide to work out their business with Lionsgate. I can’t wait to come back to work. I have said over and over in public that I want the show to go on and on and on until it has worn out its welcome with viewers and we can’t think of anything more for the characters to do.”
Weiner then took a contemplative sip of his Old Fashioned, stared off into the distance with a mixture of regret and longing, and sexually harassed his secretary.