Mad Men Season 5 Will Air in 2012, Season 6 Talks Continue

Don Draper fans are going to have to be patient—AMC announced that a fifth season of Mad Men is a go, but it won’t air until 2012. The cable channel said the hit series is “getting a later start than in years past due to ongoing, key non-cast negotiations.” There is still no word on whether or not Mad Men creator Matt Weiner will be attached to the newly greenlit Season 5 since he is only contracted through Season 4. It was reported earlier on Tuesday that Weiner is pulling back on a rumored deal with AMC and Lionsgate to join on for the fifth season and add a sixth season of the hit series, which he would also allegedly be a part of with the new contract. But, according to Deadline, Weiner is refusing to cooperate on three stipulations from AMC and Lionsgate: more product placement in the show, cutting two minutes from each episode, and eliminating or reducing some regular cast members to save money. "This is their storied franchise, and they want it shorter and cheaper," an insider told Deadline about the advertising-based show. "The negotiations are about to collapse as a result."