Damon Lindelof & Others Weigh in on ‘Mad Men’ Debacle

Published 3 years ago by , Updated August 23rd, 2013 at 3:15 pm,

If the existence of the Internet proves anything, it is that one person’s business immediately becomes everyone else’s business as well. And when your business is running Mad Men – one of the most successful, and lauded shows on television – you better believe everyone and his or her Twitter account has an opinion.

Matthew Weiner is learning this lesson through his ongoing negotiations with AMC, which have become just short of a spectacle, given some details pertaining to Weiner’s personal deal, and the stipulations the network has given in order for Mad Men to continue into its fifth season (and beyond).

Upon hearing the news that Mad Men would be delayed until the 2012 season, fans and professionals alike began to express their opinions regarding the deliberations. Not surprisingly, many fans immediately took Weiner’s side, yet certain professionals – like Lost co-creator and writer Damon Lindelof – seemed to voice concern that Weiner’s unwillingness to concede to AMC’s demands was simply a case of having one’s cake and eating it, too.

Lindelof’s tweet stated:

“Not that I’m sour grapes, but TEN MILLION DOLLARS a year for 13 episodes of a single show seems pretty fair, no?”

Later, Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter stepped in with the statement:

“You can’t ask a network for 10 million, then b**ch when they want to expand their ad revenue source. Whore or saint, pick one.”

 

Both tweets are clearly in reference to the historic sum of $30 million Weiner is reportedly being offered to continue Mad Men for the next three years (hopefully they don’t count 2011). However, Weiner isn’t shopping for gold-plated bathroom fixtures just yet, as that amount of cash apparently comes with some caveats the creator isn’t particularly fond of.

Purportedly, Weiner is concerned with the demand that each episode be reduced by two minutes, more product placement be inserted into the episodes (too bad irony isn’t paying for a spot on the show), and that, for season 5, two roles be significantly reduced, or written out entirely as a cost-saving venture. The demand for a any reduction in cast would be of serious concern for any creator, but now come reports that AMC is actually asking Weiner reduce the cast of Mad Men by six – two cast members a season, for the next three seasons.

Mad Men season five negotiations Damon Lindelof & Others Weigh in on ‘Mad Men’ Debacle

Weiner has since stated that the cuts would make Mad Men a “different show.” Adding: “I don’t understand why, with all of the success of the show, they suddenly need to change it.”

If Mad Men really won’t air this year, it marks the first calendar year since the series’ inception that it has not made it to television screens. Other programs like HBO’s The Sopranos have successfully pulled off such a feat, but only time will tell if AMC will be as lucky.

As the negotiations continue, we will be sure to keep you posted on all things Mad Men.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

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  1. Get rid of January Jones character Betty and the show will improve by leaps and bounds.

    • NO WRITER WOULD SO SO HAVING THE TENSION THEY LEFT OFF BETWEEN THEM ON THE SERIES FINALE, NOT TO MENTION YOU LOSE HER YOU LOSE THE KIDS, ANY LOSS OF CHARACTERS WOULD BE A GREAT LOSS BUT MY GUESS IS STERLING AND COOPER ARE ON THEIR WAY OUT AS OBSOLETE MODELS

  2. THEN AGAIN YOU HAVE JOAN’S BABY ON THE WAY AND THAT WHOLE QUESTION OF WHETHER HER HUSBAND WILL RETURN FROM WAR. ETC ETC. LOVE THIS SHOW EITHER WAY. CANT WAIT TO SEE IT BACK, RERUNS FOR THE TIME BEING.

  3. The erosion of serial television into one constant commercial is the driving force behind my decision to turn it off, despite the quality of any particular show. I’m constantly reminded of the “Mad Magazine” short on the ‘Shrinking Candy Bar,’ and wondering when the whole scenario for TV will look the same. Three or four 2 minute skits constituting a show with nothing but commercials filling the rest of the time. F-it…

    • @the old Man

      AMEN.

      Q: The MAD Short you mention in your post, is that a piece in an issue of the MAD Magazine or a skit from the now defunct MAD TV show?

  4. I agree wholeheartedly: Get rid of January Jones. Car accident, abandonment, hell…I’d take suicide. She’s a terrible actor, even her anger looks fake. Joan’s character and Peggy’s character more than fill in the space. I hope instead of offing Greg in war (predictable) they have him come back with PTSD and abusive. It’s real and it would force Joan (and child) to make decisions. Pete Campbell has always annoyed me, put him in another agency and give him a stupid amount of success so I can hate him more. His wife is so unnecessary–have him try to emulate don’s womanizing ways, and fail. Don’s daughter is so dynamic, the tension of her oncoming rebellion is terrific, though personally I would write Betty out in suicide (yes she’s brave enough to do it, because she’s too vain not to) and show Don’s daughter dissolve one of two ways: hyper-perfection people-person (sometimes characteristic of children of divorce) or an expiremental product of her foreshadowing culture of drugs, free love, protests, etc. Watching her try to be traditional and fail would be interesting. One last thing: I’m glad Don got engaged (although it’s not believable that he loves her, just that he is desperate for security) because him sleeping around became so boring and predictable, and made me trust his character less and less. He can get away with it, it was the times, it gives him power, blah and blah we get it, now give him a problem he can’t solve between the sheets.

  5. I would do that job for $100,000 and be happy with it. I can understand his frustration with cutting characters, networks shouldnt be making creative decisions like that.

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