Mad Men fans can finally take a breath, as reports of the show being canceled are untrue: AMC has officially ordered a fifth season of the show.
Today began with news that Matthew Weiner and his team at Creative Artists Agency were ready to pull the plug on Mad Men as AMC was unwilling to meet all of their contractual demands.
This resulted in utter shock, disbelief and desperate prayers from all corners of the interwebs. Just when it seemed that all hope was lost, AMC announced that the show would be returning in 2012, with one major catch: it may not have Weiner at the helm.
To clear up the confusion, AMC released this statement regarding whether Mad Men would return:
“AMC has officially authorized production of season 5 of Mad Men, triggering our option with Lionsgate (Mad Men’s production company),” the network said. “While we are getting a later start than in years past due to ongoing, key non-cast negotiations, Mad Men will be back for a fifth season in early 2012.”
What Weiner and team are demanding is unknown, though Vulture reported that a source said Weiner has been offered $30 million to stay onboard.
The NY Times spoke with Weiner, and though he gave no specifics regarding the proposed changes, he did express his unhappiness.
“I don’t understand why, with all of the success of the show, they suddenly need to change it,” Weiner said.
He added later, “All I want to do is continue to make my show, and make it in the way I want to, with the people I want to make it with.”