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More “Mad Men”! But Not Until 2012. If Everything Works Out, That Is

by on March 29, 2011

Great: There will be more Mad Men, according to AMC, which has announced an order for the show’s fifth season.

Not great: You won’t see them until at least 2012. Based on the timeline, we’ll be pushing into Summer of Love territory. Don Draper with long hair and a Nehru jacket? Joan Holloway in granny glasses and tie-dye? Bert Cooper on acid? Or will it really be like 1967 was on Madison Avenue, still short hair and suits, trying desperately to get a grasp on the cultural change that…

…ah, whatever, that’s Matt Weiner’s department. We just watch. Eventually.

But the scary news is that the delay is about Weiner’s contract, which is in contentious negotiations and involve, Weiner told the New York Times, the network wanting to cut two cast members and cut two minutes from each episode, the former to save money and the latter to add more spots. He’s not happy with that. And so, the standoff.

Which leaves us, beyond the surface news (a fifth season!), with the bottom line that things aren’t yet settled. You can wait a little longer, can’t you?