Season 5 of 'Mad Men' to arrive in 2012
March 29th, 2011
06:24 PM ET

Season 5 of 'Mad Men' to arrive in 2012

“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."

Filed under: Mad Men • television

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  1. cursos a distancia gratis

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    April 1, 2012 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Don Hutchinson

    2012? That is a 2 year gap and reminds me how they jerked you around with "Lost" another on of my favorite shows. I finally got my wife interested in "Mad Men" in the middle of the 4th season. I bought seasons 1 2 and 3 and we have progressed to the middle of season 3. I bought season 4 yesterday with the goal of finishing it intime for the summer to watch season 5. Now I am told I will have to wait another year. That stinks. I will forget the story lines by then.

    March 30, 2011 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Superhiro

    O-Ver-Ra-Ted Dun Dun Dun Dun Dun. O-Ver-Ra-Ted.

    March 30, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |

    Ugh! 2012?!?! That's insane...I was just wondering yesterday when it was going to start again! Love this show, so tired of completely rich people being so greedy...

    March 30, 2011 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
    • memnoch666shedevil

      Its not that Matthew Weiner is greedy; its AMC. He's actually saying no to their excessively agressive offer to maintain his show's integrity. If he was greedy, he would have taken the money and done as they'd asked.

      March 30, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jack Cornhole

    Head Diva. Were you able to watch from season 1 and follow up to date? Ive been a fan since day one. Hate to see them string us thru 2011... 🙁

    March 30, 2011 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Head Diva In Charge

      @ Jack – I am on episode 6 of season 2. Selfishly I am glad that that it's not starting until 2012 because I should be all caught up! It's actually On Demand through AMC and I have become a fan that way.

      March 30, 2011 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
  6. Head Diva In Charge

    So loving this show. I just started watching a few months ago ...... and I am obsessed. Looking forward to season 5.

    March 30, 2011 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
  7. Jack Cornhole

    2012? of my favorite shows, but come 2012 I may no longer have an interest.

    March 30, 2011 at 7:10 am | Report abuse |
  8. Head Diva In Charge

    children's table you get ice cream and candy too..yum. I need to stop eatting so much junk because we ladies down here in the south eat too much lard and junk that's why we are so fat. My husband is fat so im i that why I like skinny ladies. ^'m bi you kniw.

    March 30, 2011 at 6:34 am | Report abuse |
  9. memnoch666shedevil

    AMC was/is trying to bribe the creator of Mad Men, Matthew Weiner, by offering him 30 million dollars to sacrifice his integrity by trimming 2 mins of the show (so AMC could add another commercial break), o.k. product placement (of which AMC gets a cut) and cut 2 cast members. It'd be easy to take the money but he has more integrity than that. Boo to you, AMC!

    March 30, 2011 at 2:01 am | Report abuse |
  10. toronto fan

    AAGGGGGHHHH! a whole year?? I have to wait another year to see what happens?? That is insane and extremely unfair to loyal viewers. I just might forget what happened in the story, and not care to tune in again. What nonsense.

    March 29, 2011 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Denise

    Loss of momentum will spur lack of interest, no matter how many promos we'll all be seeing in 2012 for the big return of the show. Bad decisions by all parties concerned. Don't ge me wrong – I've watched since the beginning, but to make people wait and wait for over a year for a new show is stupid. Either make it happen in a timely fashion or don't, but stop stringing the public along with nonsense. Either you want to make the series or you don't. Dickering unnecessary and annoying. Losing interest as I post this.....

    March 29, 2011 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Willow

    The childrens table is the best ! We get the good macaroni and cheese there !

    March 29, 2011 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jeannieb62

    "someone just needs to sit at a table with these people" mean the children's table?????

    March 29, 2011 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
  14. SmarterthanU

    Why would you even lose momentum on a great show? Look what happened to Heroes – lame network executives. Polish your golden goose. It's not that difficult.

    March 29, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |

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