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Break out the cocktails: AMC and “Mad Men” creator/exec producer Matthew Weiner have reached an agreement for a new contract that will keep the showrunner at the helm of Emmy winning drama series for as many as three more seasons.
Deal comes after a week of high-tension and highly public talks focusing on points pressed by AMC and “Mad Men” producer Lionsgate TV in order to maximize the series’ revenue potential on the front end, by squeezing more commercial spots into each seg and trimming the cost of the series’ large ensemble.
Here’s more from THR:
“I want to thank all of our wonderful fans for their support.” Weiner said in a statement. “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.”
Previously on Mad News…
AMC officially greenlit Season 5 of Mad Men, but there was no deal for showrunner Matthew Weiner, who spoke exclusively to Basket of Kisses about the negotiations. The most controversial issue was cast-cutting measures.
And on the lighter side…
As you undoubtedly know, Season 4 arrived on DVD this week, allowing us all to plow into the generously supplied commentaries.
Matt Weiner did an interview and an eclectic Guest DJ set for KCRW, available to read, stream or download. THR presents five things to know about our favorite showrunner, most of which Basketcases know.
Vincent Kartheiser will be having a “dialogue” at an exclusive luncheon for the Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis on April 20.
Christina Hendricks was among the stars the opening of the Vivienne Westwood Boutique in Los Angeles, California.
Jessica Pare talked to the Canadian Press about the mystery of playing Megan Calvet.
Michael Gladis has signed up for a guest role in Leverage… as a PR expert. [Don would never go for those sort of shenanigans. -K]
Mad Men won the Los Angeles Conservancy’s media award, for sparking “an explosion of interest in all things 1960s, including architecture, bolstering efforts to save greater L.A.’s rich, yet highly vulnerable, legacy of sixties resources.”
Janie Bryant was all over the Canadian media, talking about Mad Men’s impact on fashion.
However, at Esquire, Richard Dorment argues the MM look is dead.
Seattlest helpfully rounds up Alan Sepinwall’s coverage to date of AMC’s The Killing. He apparently likes it, “with reservations.” The New York Post has a rave review. Co-star Eric Ladin talks to the Daily Trojan about his career to date.
AMC is developing The Voyage, a new drama series about man’s first contact with extraterrestrial life.
Mad News is compiled by Deborah and Karl — and Basketcases contributing in the sidebar.