Mad Men Season 5 Delayed Until 2012

30 Mar

Negotiations for AMC’s Mad Men have pushed the release date for the highly anticipated 5th season until March, 2012. This is coming from Deadline, who reported that the final arrangements in show creator Matthew Weiner’s contract and an already full Fall show line up for AMC, caused the show to be delayed.

Weiner was set to make $30 million over the course of three years, which would make him the highest paid show runner. However, the negotiations hit some snags when AMC said that his contract would then force him to cut two main cast characters, cut two minutes off each episode and add more product placement. Weiner, was apparently not willing to budge about that, wanting to maintain the integrity of the characters, storyline and each episode. He probably also saw the irony that a show about an advertising agency would be plagued with product placement.

While the show has already been greenlit for production of the 5th season, there is no word yet as to whether Weiner conceded to the terms of the contract. I hope not, because I like the show the way it is and wouldn’t want it to become obvious about product placement to the point where it is distracting.

I'm looking at you "Dexter"

Also, that additional product placement would have to be tailored to the 1960’s which might prove tricky.

As for cutting two characters, that would be difficult right now, since most of the main characters have already survived one downsizing in the show and it would be hard to watch more of them leave. I can’t even imagine who they might be, but my guess would be that if it came down to it Lane Pryce (Jared Harris) and Ken Cosgrove (Aaron Stanton) would be the prime candidates to leave, even if it would painful to watch them go.

I am disappointed that AMC is being so stingy with their most prestigious show. They seem to be coddling  their new baby, The Walking Dead, even though it is much lighter fare. They could probably afford to cut at least four minutes off each episode because most of the time ther commercials end up being smarter and more entertaining. Whatever happens, one thing is for sure, I can’t wait for more Mad Men.

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One Response to “Mad Men Season 5 Delayed Until 2012”

  1. Jeremy Petersen March 30, 2011 at 11:28 am #

    This is a load of crap. At least this means that I won’t miss the whole season while I’m deployed. Hopefully this will mean the return of Breaking Bad as well.

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