We were all happy to know that AMC had given the fifth season of Mad Men the green light - but how could they not? The show continues to defy television laws as it gets better and better with each season. I mean, really, who does that? Unfortunately, the show's fearless leader and creator, Matthew Weiner has yet to sign a contract to return for the show's fifth turn at the wheel.
Weiner spoke to Entertainment Weekly on the red carpet at the Producer's Guild Awards on Saturday, telling them he doesn't have a deal yet, but that he's "not looking for a new job." The reason for all this uncertainty is that AMC is still negotiating with Weiner and the company that produces the show, Lionsgate.
The show's creator also said that he doesn't know what AMC has in store for the show yet and that writing for the next season is at a standstill. "It's one of the perils of success - everyone wants a piece of it now and they are fighting over who is gonna get the biggest chunk. Then they will come to me because talent is last. It would be heartbreaking for me if they don't work it out, horrifying really. It would be a shame for fans to never get to see what great stuff we have planned for Don and company," Weiner told EW.
All this uncertainty would make anyone a bit nervous, hence that last bit about the possibility of not continuing the Don Draper chronicles. Even so, it seems a bit dramatic. Weiner has led the show to incredible heights over four seasons and has consistently delivered story lines that keep die-hard fans coming back for more and pique the interests of potential new fans. This may be Weiner's way of publicly lighting a fire under AMC to get this show on the road and if it is I can't blame him; I'm chomping at the bit for the next season of Mad Men and the sooner we get Weiner back on board, the better.
Source: Entertainment Weekly