While negotiations between AMC, Lionsgate Television and Mad Men creator and executive producer Matt Weiner are still not settled, USA Today is reporting that the hit show's fifth season will not be ready for its summer debut and will be postponed for early 2012.
Deadlilne.com reports that AMC and Lionsgate have requested product placement, reducing or eliminating two regular cast members and shaving two minutes off the show's running time in order to fit more commercials, as part of an agreement to pay Weiner $30-million over two years.
AMC has officially authorized production of season 5 of 'Mad Men' triggering our options with Lionsgate. 'Mad Men' will be back for a fifth season in early 2012. 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, the network said in a statement according to USA Today's Gary Levin.
Two years ago, Weiner was in a similar negotiations process with AMC over extra two minutes of commercials that were added to the show. What happened then was that the two sides agreed to let the episodes run over into the 11 P.M. time shot so extra ad time could be added without having to shorten the duration of the episodes.