'Mad Men' Season 5 Delayed? Get It Together, Execs

Linda Sharps

Looking forward to the summer premiere of Mad Men's next season? Yeah, me too. Unfortunately, if the network can't come to terms with the show's creator or studio, we might have a long delay before our Sundays with Don Draper start up again.

Production would normally have started by now, but because of delayed negotiations between AMC, series creator Matthew Weiner, and studio Lionsgate, the schedule has been pushed back.

Not only that, but when Jon Hamm was recently asked about the season 5 storyline, he said, “I don’t know if it even exists.”

What's everyone fighting about? Money, naturally.

Mad Men has become a very lucrative show, but it also costs money to create the sort of detailed production the series has become known for. The studio and the network are reportedly at odds over who's going to pay for what, and who's going to get the biggest piece of the profits.

Industry experts are saying it's becoming increasingly likely Mad Men may not have its debut until later in 2011—or possibly even 2012. While the series has been held up by negotiations once before in 2008, this time the wheeling and dealing started last summer before Season 4 even premiered ... and it's still going on.

Rumors are swirling that a deal is close to being struck, but it will likely be too late for a summer premiere. The show's biggest stars aren't sounding all that positive, either. While walking the red carpet last month at a premiere of his new film, The Adjustment Bureau, John Slattery (AKA Roger Sterling) said to reporters, “I’m looking for a job.”

The only silver lining in this disappointing bit of TV-related news is that the fourth season comes out on DVD next week. For those of us who love the show, revisiting the existing storyline might be our only option for a while.

Still, I'm more than ready to see what's going to happen next. Season 4 had a bit too much Don-crying-over-his-diary for me, to be honest. Plus, after the finale—well, I can't WAIT to see where they go with the story.

Are you as bummed as I am to hear about Mad Men being delayed?

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