March 29th, 2011
06:24 PM ET
“Mad Men” is coming back to TV, but you’re going to have to wait for it.
AMC has announced that amidst reports of contract negotiations, the network’s hit retro series has been approved for a fifth season - to start in 2012.
The network said in a statement, "AMC has officially authorized production of season 5 of Mad Men…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." (We feel your pain.)
While show creator/executive producer Matthew Weiner may stand to make close to $30 million on a two-year deal, it seems the exec has been disagreeing with AMC on negotiations that reportedly include trimming two minutes from each episode to allow for commercials, implementing more product integration and cutting or reducing the screen time of two cast members to save on costs, according to Deadline.
Raise your hand if you agree with what Time's James Poniewozik has to say on the issue: "At this point, it seems like someone just needs to sit at a table with these people and tell them to drop the BS and make some money and good TV together."
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