August 5th, 2011
03:03 PM ET
Just months after "Mad Men" creator and executive producer Matt Weiner reportedly received a huge check to continue the show for two more seasons, AMC is pushing to cut costs on its other shows, reports the L.A. Times.
The network’s other popular series include “Breaking Bad,” starring Bryan Cranston, and “The Walking Dead.”
After a long, drawn-out negotiation process, Weiner will reportedly get $10 million for each of the next two seasons of “Mad Men.” Fans may be ecstatic that the swinging '60s show will go on, but those behind AMC’s other shows are rumored to be complaining that the hefty “Mad Men” deal is cutting into their shows’ budgets.
AMC tried to cut “Breaking Bad,” about a high school teacher selling meth, down from 13 episodes, to just 6 or 8. But after Sony, the show’s studio, started shopping the show elsewhere, they are now reportedly in negotiation with the network to keep the usual 13 episodes.
The network is also taking from apocalyptic zombie series “The Walking Dead,” cutting about $250,000 per episode for the second season. And perhaps tellingly, AMC is not greenlighting the production of any new shows, though they chose three pitches to develop earlier this year.
AMC president Charlie Collier says they expected “Mad Men” to be expensive. “We're investing more than we ever have before,” he told the L.A. Times.
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