‘Mad Men’ busting AMC's budget?
August 5th, 2011
03:03 PM ET

‘Mad Men’ busting AMC's budget?

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.

soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Mat King

    That cr*p is for b**ches

    August 7, 2011 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Nedra Garcia

    Mad Men is worth it plus. Never watch the other two shows, they should probably be cancelled and give entire budget to Mad Men

    August 7, 2011 at 1:24 am | Report abuse |
    • jpmoneypants

      Give me a break! Walking dead and Breaking Bad have 11 Emmy nominations between the two. You don't know what you're talking about.

      October 17, 2011 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Laura Cunningham

    Pretty women can ruin a budget,we have needs guys okay? Like. It's mid night and I Need To Get out of here.

    August 7, 2011 at 12:13 am | Report abuse |
  4. Sydney

    H*ll I might as well have some January and Christina also but I'd like some whipped cream on top of Jan and some chocolate on Chris de-li-ci-ous.

    August 6, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Alex Rodriguez

    Ante up everybody! You too Matt Damon you rich @ss! 5 card draw, jokers are wild....lol

    August 5, 2011 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
  6. what?

    good to see you back, c.c. howzitgoin?

    August 5, 2011 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
  7. ah ha

    Leave walking dead alone that show is real good.

    August 5, 2011 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  8. charlie crack

    Waiter:"And for you sir?" Charlie: "I'll have what he's having (@junkpile). Thank you."

    August 5, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Junkpile

    I'll have the Christina Hendricks entree with a little January Jones on the side please.

    August 5, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  10. itsamemario

    ok mad men, i ignored you when you were just a show doing its thing..but now your messin with the wrong mans zombie show. Take it down a notch and get rid of january jones while your at it, since she really cannot act and is just terribly overrated..

    August 5, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |

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