‘Mad Men’ Seasons 5 & 6 Confirmed

Published 4 years ago by , Updated June 27th, 2013 at 6:13 pm,

Mad Men season 5 talks could collapse Mad Men Seasons 5 & 6 Confirmed

After months of negotiations, AMC and Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner have come to an agreement about the future of Don Draper and company. Fans of the series now have two additional seasons of Mad Men to look forward to, as the show has officially been renewed for a fifth and sixth season.

Problems between Weiner and AMC originally arose when the network demanded that Mad Men be restructured for… advertising related reasons. How’s that for irony?

Deadline reported that AMC/Lionsgate wanted Weiner to cut down the running time of each individual Mad Men episode by two minutes, so that more commercials can be shown. To further increase the profitability of the show, studio heads also wanted “two regular cast members” to be cut from the show per season. As the series creator, Weiner was (naturally) against either change, but AMC/Lionsgate apparently would not greenlight a fifth season unless said changes were implemented.

With Weiner’s announcement that accompanied AMC’s press release of Mad Men’s season 5 and 6 renewal, it appears that AMC/Lionsgate have thrown out their previous demands.

“I want to thank all of our wonderful fans for their support. I also want to thank AMC and Lionsgate for agreeing to support the artistic freedom of myself, the cast and the crew so that we can continue to make the show exactly as we have from the beginning. I’m excited to get started on the next chapter of our story.”

AMC has made a name for itself in the cable television business over the past few years, with popular and acclaimed shows like Mad Men, Breaking Bad, and The Walking Dead. It’s fair to say that Mad Men made the channel what it is today and fans would not have been impressed if Weiner walked away – or if the series was outright cancelled – due to commercial interests.

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On the other hand, main cast members like Jon Hamm (Sucker Punch), Christina Hendricks, January Jones (X-Men: First Class), and John Slattery (The Adjustment Bureau) are all bigger (read: more expensive) names now. Combine that with Weiner’s increased salary, and it’s also fair to say that Mad Men has become a much more costly production.

Sorry AMC, but that’s what happens when you have an award-winning show that continues to increase in popularity.


Mad Men season 5 will premiere in 2012 on AMC

Source: Deadline, The Daily, AMC

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  1. Thanks for make this day a little more depressing.

    • Sorry, Tyler – I feel your pain.

  2. Classic case of executive meddling here. AMC should really think about what they’re doing here.

  3. Pretty much the most dumb thing I have heard today. Balls.

    • I agree…god forbid Mad Men is revered and wins awards has an assemble cast. What does AMC do to show gratitude threatens to cancel it.

  4. Sorry, but I don’t buy this “story” of Weiner having to cut the show by 2 minutes. Doesn’t make sense….Mad Men episodes routinely run over an hour anyway and they are never all run the same duration to begin with. Sounds to me like somebody is trying to create controversy.

  5. Here’s a thought – why not just make all programs 5 minutes, and then have 55 minutes of commercials?? Would that please the greedy?? Probably not!

    There are so many commercials running now it’s ridiculous! It was getting so that I would forget which program I was watching! Now I just record everything & FF through all the commercials, otherwise I’d blow my brains out. And it keeps getting worse – I can’t imagine what television will be like 10 years from now!

  6. What will TV look like in 10 years. We have already experimented, by placing inanimate objects (cylinders, cubes, TV screen in background, Window in the shot) which can be digitally updated on the fly. If Coke Cola wants to pay in this region tonite, the cylinder becomes a can of coke. If Pepsi wants to pay in another Digital TV signal area, then it becomes PepsiCola. The TV screen shows an advert (maybe we don’t care if it suits the period), through the window we see a Fedex Truck drive past. The really annoying stuff is when the ad is just tacked over the action, with a banner advert.
    Thought everyone knew this. We are already doing it.

  7. happy that mad men is coming back absolutely loved it over here in Australia

  8. I absolutely love Mad Men and can’t wait to see season 5. Keep them coming. Aussie Fan

  9. Totally addicted to Mad Men, bring on series 5,6 and sure to be more!