Mad Men is a go…at least for two more seasons. Popeater confirmed that Matthew Weiner and AMC reached an agreement on the fate of our beloved mantramp, Don Draper. Things were a little touch-and-go for awhile, as Weiner battled AMC to maintain the creative control he was used to. Season five will most likely air beginning March 2012.
In a press release yesterday, Weiner stated, “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.”
There won’t be budget cuts for season five, and all cast members will be returning. There may be timing trims for episodes in the following season (and possibly beyond that, should the show be renewed beyond its current two-year contract), but Weiner seems very pleased with the outcome of his negotiations with AMC.
Speaking of Don Draper, Jon Hamm had lunch with 30 Rock‘s Jack McBrayer at Little Dom’s in LA Wednesday, later joined by Hamm’s girlifriend Jennifer Westfeldt. I would not be sad if Hamm spent some of his downtime guest-starring again on the NBC sitcom. Life is so much better in the beautiful bubble.