AMC and Matt Weiner Thursday agreed on a new deal for two more years of "Mad Men," with Weiner in complete creative control as show runner.
After much back and forth over possible cuts in cast, running time and compensation for Weiner in recent weeks, the deal was announced Thursday night guaranteeing seasons five and six for the stylish "'60's drama." An added bonus for "Mad Men" fans: The deal includes the possibility of series creator Weiner doing a seventh season of the series as well. That is a real surprise.
"I want to thank all of our wonderful fans for their support," Weiner said in a statement released by AMC. "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."
"AMC's original programming began with a mission to create bold storytelling of the highest quality, and 'Mad Men' was the perfect expression of that commitment," Charlie Collier, president of AMC, said. "We've been proud to support this show from the day we read Matt's ground-breaking pilot script and have loved building it with Matt and Lionsgate into the cultural phenomenon it has become. For everyone involved in the show and its passionate fans, we are thrilled to announce that the series will continue on AMC under the exceptional vision of Matt Weiner."
"We are proud to continue our successful relationships with AMC and the brilliantly talented Matt Weiner, whose vision has created one of the most distinguished series on television," said Kevin Beggs, president of Lionsgate Television Group, the production company that makes the show for AMC. "We also appreciate the passion and patience of 'Mad Men' fans around the world who have been awaiting this good news, and we believe they will be rewarded with many more seasons of this extraordinary and groundbreaking series."
"Mad Men," AMC's signature series, has won the Emmy for Best Drama for three straight years.
According to Thursday night's release, Mad Men's cast will include: Jon Hamm, January Jones, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser, Christina Hendricks, John Slattery, Jared Harris, Rich Sommer, Aaron Staton, Robert Morse and Kiernan Shipka.
Hamm, Jones, Moss, Kartheiser, Hendricks, Slattery and Morse are the on-camera franchise as far as I'm concerned.