In the midst of intense contract negotiations with show creator/head writer Matt Weiner, AMC issued a statement announcing the network has "officially authorized production of season five 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."
What's the holdup? Those very negotiations are, actually. Weiner wanted $30 million for two years (what?! Who is this guy, Charlie Sheen?) and AMC wants him to give up two minutes of the show to commercials, lose two cast members and include more product placement.
While we're hearing that Weiner is getting his cash, those finer details of ad time, product placement and head count are yet to be resolved -- meaning no summer episodes of Mad Men for you.
Don Draper could have brokered this deal in ten minutes flat.
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