Mad Men Creator Wins Stand-Off, Show To Return In 2012

Breathe again, Mad Men fans. Breathe again. Creator Matthew Weiner has reached a deal with AMC for the show’s return in 2012. “I want to thank all of our wonderful fans for their support. I also want to thank AMC and Lionsgate for agreeing to support the artistic freedom of myself, the cast and the crew, so that we can continue to make the show exactly as we have from the beginning. I’m excited to get started on the next chapter of our story.” Season 5 of Mad Men was delayed when Weiner and AMC faced off over a $1.5 million budget cut the network proposed, which would have required two cast members to be fired.

Though the product placement won’t be as prominent as the network hoped, it looks like Weiner did concede on the matter of more ad time. The show will now be the standard 47 minutes on the first and last episodes of the season, but 45 for episodes 2-11. H0wever, a “final cut” will be released digitally 8 days after the show airs. Don’t get too excited, though, Draper fans—there won’t be any new episodes for 11 months.

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