Jon Hamm: 'Mad Men' has to end one day
June 13th, 2011
04:15 PM ET

Jon Hamm: 'Mad Men' has to end one day

Television fans often have a difficult time letting go of some of their favorite shows, especially when a program is as beloved as “Mad Men.”

But Jon Hamm is giving viewers an advanced warning: The saga of Don Draper and his ‘60s era cohorts is going to have to end at some point, he tells the BBC News in an interview.

Matthew Weiner has said that he sees "Mad Men" ending after three more seasons - the exec producer told TV Guide, "I think that's how long the story is...I'm not 'The Simpsons'" - and Hamm agrees.

“It should end. Everything should end,” he says. “I was a big fan of ‘The Office’ over here because it ended.”

But "Mad Men" isn’t leaving just yet – there’s still season 5 to contend with, as well as the season opener that Hamm himself is directing…although he admits he doesn’t know what that episode will be about yet.

They’re supposed to begin production in July or August, but Hamm still hasn’t seen the scripts. “I don’t think they exist yet,” he tells the BBC. “The way [Weiner] writes the show is very organically. He starts when he starts and eventually there are scripts but I certainly haven't seen them."

The fifth season was at the center of tough negotiations, but Hamm says that's just part of the game when a show becomes as valued as "Mad Men" has, and it's a success story that's he thankful for.

"I'm a million in Hollywood years...I'm 40, which is ridiculously old in Hollywood. I mean, come on, I'm not in 'Twilight.' I could play their grandfather or something," he says. "It's crazy that this has happened. I'm a very, very lucky human being."

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  1. First Reviewer

    Great Show. I thought it was a little better when they concentrate a little more on the Business Ends of the Show.

    June 14, 2011 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
  2. JB

    I think justin beiber should make a camo on the shows as Drapper's long lost son. It would be tv gold!

    June 14, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Orange Julius

    I like ham & cheese

    June 14, 2011 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  4. Guest

    Three more seasons is FOUR TO MANY.

    June 14, 2011 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
  5. trucker joe 18 wheel man

    Us long haul truckers are the last of the real men. Most of you sit in an office and sip tea with your pinkies stuck out. Us real men wear cowboy hats and blu jeans like a man is supposed to. I got on a wool plad shirt as we speak. And chewing tobacco setting up on the dash o my rig. I gotta full load o texas sweet onions and we are on the road. So all you citifiied sisssies watch your musicals and dream of being a real man like me. This is Big Trucker Joe signing off. TEN FOUR.

    June 13, 2011 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • tb63

      And what happens between truckers in the woods behind truck stops stays there.

      June 14, 2011 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  6. trucker joe 18 wheel man

    10 4 good buddy. We are gonna have us a convoy.

    June 13, 2011 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  7. lurlene

    This article made me really sad. Oprah is a great person and a great role model for us ladies. She taught us we too can be successful. Her show will be missed.

    June 13, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  8. lurlene

    @Pedro. . .Did you even read the artcle? Why did you post that comment? How does this have anything to do with Oprah Winfreys final episode? I think you are just a sad troll.

    June 13, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Eddie King

    Say, Eddie King really likes "Jon Hamm: Mad Men has to end some day"...

    June 13, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  10. alto treble

    I disagree ! CNN RULES !

    June 13, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  11. pedro

    WHY IS IT YOU CAN POST ABOUT THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE MOVIE ON CNN BUT NOT ABOUT THE FUNNY MORMON PLAY ? They have multiple blogs entirely dedicated to a sick horror movie but ignore a Tony Award winning comedy. cnn is becoming stranger and stranger.

    June 13, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  12. T

    Is the show going to end in 1970 ?
    I remember the show was set in 1960 and was supposed to skip every two years each season as it goes......

    June 13, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |

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