AMC Officially OKs Fifth Season Of ‘Mad Men’

Tuesday, March 29 by

Negotiations have been tense between cable channel AMC and television super-genius Matt Weiner, creator of”Mad Men,” over the show’s fifth season. So tense, in fact, that some were speculating that we wouldn’t even get to see the fifth season at all, which would have had “Mad Men” going down in history as having one of the all-time least satisfying conclusions in TV history. Here’s the full statement from the American MadMen Channel:

“AMC has officially authorized production of season 5 of Mad Men, triggering our option with Lionsgate.  While we are getting a later start than in years past due to ongoing, key non-cast negotiations, Mad Men will be back for a fifth season in early 2012.”

While this is good news for fans, it seems like the previously reported issues Weiner had during negotiations – AMC wants to cut 2 minutes from each episode, devote more time to product placement, and let go of two cast members – have not been resolved. They could kill two of those birds with one stone if they made the Maytag repairman a regular character. Ideas! They’re in the air! (via Deadline)

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