Wednesday, March 23, 2011

When last we checked in on Don Draper...

How are Don Draper and his new bride, Megan, doing? Is the new agency making it? And, what of Peggy and her promising career as chief copywriter at the firm?

Well, Mad Men fans, we won't know the answers to any of these questions, at least for awhile--Season Five of AMC's smash series likely won't start this summer as originally planned.

According to a story in today's New York Times, it appears that Mad Men will be back on air, at the earliest, in late 2011. It's more realistic that the series wouldn't start again until early 2012.

The delay is being caused by negotiations between AMC, the network which airs the show, and Lionsgate, the studio which makes the show. Given the success of Mad Men, the two companies are fighting over what is now a very lucrative property.

A summer 2011 start is not totally out of the question but negotiations would have to resolve quickly in order to get writers to work and actors back from other commitments. In the meantime, Season Four of Mad Men will be released next week--re-runs of last season may be the only recourse for those of us anxiously awaiting the return of Don, Peggy, Megan, Joan, Roger and crew.

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