January Jones on 'Mad Men' future: Relax, people!

January-Jones-Mad-MenImage Credit: Carin Baer/AMCJanuary Jones wants the hand-wringing to end. Speaking exclusively to EW while attending the Unknown premiere in Los Angeles Wednesday, the Mad Men star said “people should relax” about the ongoing negotiations between Lionsgate and AMC over the future of the drama. The Emmy-winning series will return for a fifth season but financial issues still remain between the two companies; creator Matthew Weiner also needs to ink a new contract.

“I don’t have any updates as of now. I still have not heard a date we need to be back to the set. But it will come back,” said the actress, who’s co-starring in the actioner opposite Liam Neeson that opens tomorrow. “We just don’t know when. But we usually shoot in spring and summer and it is only February so people should relax. I think it will all get worked out because no one wants to see the show end yet, not the studios or the network or the creator or the actors. I think they just like the drama. They like the build up. It’s like Brett Favre. It was always will he or won’t he retire or play again, and that’s how all this Mad Men talk is starting to feel.”

Weiner told EW in January that he’s not looking for a new job. “I have every intention of making the show when they decide to work out their business with Lionsgate,” he said.  “I can’t wait to come back to work. I have said over and over in public that I want the show to go on and on and on until it has worn out its welcome with viewers and we can’t think of anything more for the characters to do.”

As for Jones’ career away from the period drama, “I just wrapped X-Men: First Class so now I need a vacation.” Just try to keep it short, ‘kay Betty? — With additional reporting from Carrie Bell

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  • bubba

    I like the show but I see the boozing, smoking and skirt chasing but what happened to religion (apart from Peggy with Colin Hanks). Having grown up in the 50s in a close family unit, I know that religion was/is very important and I think to truly depict a family going through its trials and tribulations, faith based problem solving is crucial. Hopefully this season will have more of a focus on the other richer side of these characters’ lives.

    • Matt W

      I agree with what you are saying, but how much of religion was actually followed on Madison Ave in NYC back then?

      • Chiquita Banana

        You’re right, there probably wasn’t much in the way of adherence to religious values on Madison Avenue in the 50s/60s, which is precisely why I would be happy to see the show come to an end. The show depicts a time and place that can best be described as the Devil’s playground. It certainly has no place in my home and I would encourage others to make the same decision for their families.

      • bubba

        I couldn’t disagree with you more Chiquita. If Jesus has taught us anything is to love the sinner but hate the sin. Mad Men is a woderful show that tries to capture most of the societal issues and high points that I had the pleasure to live through, and thankfully got stronger for having witnessed thanks to my faith and my heavenly relationships. I understand that our views may not dominate Prime Time TV, but if the producers could somehow blend Mad Men with Touched by An Angel, I think our prayers will be truly answered.

      • Lisa Simpson

        I’m sorry, but “Mad Men” blended with “Touched by an Angel” sounds dreadful. This is not a religious show, and the religious part was only incorporated to show what Peggy was breaking away from in the early part of her story arc. Not every TV show needs to be family friendly. After all, it airs at 10pm.

      • bubba

        Lisa I agree with you that not every show needs to be family friendly but I was just airing how to add to the realism of a family coping with anguish and turmoil, more time should be spent on the spirtual turmoil as well. Maybe if they could get Kurt Cameron on board this heavenly dream could become a marketable reality. Don Draper meets Mike Seaver. That show would write itself.

      • Lisa Simpson

        Bubba, adding Kurt Cameron just makes that scenario sound even worse, if possible. “Mad Men” doesn’t need some faded teen star inserting some evangelical message into it. It’s a grown-up drama about a man creating an identity for himself, and the consequences of the lies he tells. It’s about the façade that we create in order to get by in the world. It’s not a family drama, and it certainly isn’t “Growing Pains” with alcohol.

      • bubba

        OMG, I mean Kirk Cameron…

      • bubba

        Lisa have you even watched the show? I mean Growing Pains not Mad Men. Thought provoking, entertaining, yet with a powerful moral compass. If Mike Seaver has taught us anything, it’s that faith can only enhance our lives rather than diminish it. Ridicule all you want, but Draper is headed to a 12 step program somewhere and he will have to accept a higher power. More importantly, Kirk Cameron or any of the Cameron clan only improve the projects that they deign with their presence. Maybe it’s time that Draper wasn’t the only office eye candy. There should be a new sheriff in town. Stirling, Cooper, Draper, Price and Seaver. Think about it.

      • Lisa Simpson

        Buba, I sincerely hope that this is all a joke. Kirk Cameron is not eye candy and never has been. Ick. And once Don Draper reforms, the show is over.

      • Karate Pants

        Has to be joking…

      • bubba

        Ok, now I know you did not just go there Ms. Simpson. Granted Kirk has fallen from the public eye, but it wasn’t all that long ago that he was the pride and joy of Tiger Beat magazine. I don’t mind you making fun of my religious views, but you can’t deny the fact that Kirk was a teen idol of Corey H./Corey F. proportions. I agree that everyone is entitled to an opinion, but you aren’t entitled to your own facts.
        Fact: Kirk Cameron was eye candy.
        Fact: Where would Leo DiCaprio without Kirk’s guidance/mentorship? Would there even be a Leo D? I don’t think so.
        Fact: No Kirk, No Leo and no Titanic.
        That just happened.

      • Lisa Simpson

        Okay, Bubba, now I know you’re joking. Seriously, Kirk Cameron being on the cover on Tiger Beat magazine hardly makes him a candidate to join the cast of “Mad men”, which already has the scrumptious Jon Hamm and the yummy John Slattery. You know, men. Not little boys. And the Coreys were yucky, too.

    • Jeb

      yawn. Unless it’s connected to a plotline that aspect of 50′s life does not need revisiting !

      • Jeb

        Kirk C.? They’ll cancel the show first.

    • karen fox

      I grew up in the same 50′s and religion was rarely mentioned, and considered one’s personal business. Most of the folks we knew didn’t go to church. We kids had to, but my parents didn’t attend and no one ever discussed religion. I am dismayed at the way people think their personal beliefs are important to anyone but themselves and God. And excuse me, anywhere religious zealots spend eternity, I want to be in the exact opposite place. Give me a break, it’s a tv show.

      • Pats and Edie

        Amen, I hear you!

      • jr70

        Hear hear!

    • Shannon77

      One of my biggest problems with the show was the lack of religion in the characters lives. I’m not referring to the morality of the characters….I mean, most families in the 50′s and 60′s went to some service at least once or twice a year, if not every week. Yet, the Drapers belong to nothing? You know Betty would be dragging her family to Lutheran Church for Easter and Christmas. The only religion that was taken seriously on the show was the character who was Jewish…what a shocker.

      • Jeffrey Geez

        Get a life, you shock easily Your not the only one who grew up in the 50′s and 60′s.It’s a Tv show- show being the important word, but show as is it is very realistic in that Madison Avenue world, maybe not in the suburbs, but in the City- You betcha-

    • beyondliberal

      In the 50s and 60s, church-going for businessmen was a way of forming alliances and contacts. It had little, if anything, to do with faith.
      Now, we have the Net and other ways of networking. Church has lost its relevance.

    • acer

      lol, Kirk Cameron is box office poison for the very reasons you say he should join. put the crack pipe down.

      • deuce

        seriously. bringing mike seaver on would create on our little rapture for the show – watch the audience disappear right before your eyes!

  • ^..^

    No Weiner = No Mad Men.

    • UGH

      My Weiner = January Jones

      • Wills

        Sorry that’s childish but hilarious!

  • John Berggren

    If Mad Men is like Brett Favre, please someone get Jon Hamm my cell phone number.

    • Gretchen

      WIN.

    • Rachel

      Wow, that was pure awesome!!!

    • Karate Pants

      Pure brilliance.

    • Amanda

      WIN WIN!!!

  • Big Brother

    EW scrubs out comments it doesn’t like, apparently…even if it’s clean and harmless.

  • chase

    Y’ALL, JJ IS HOT. SHE IS SO BEAUTIFUL….

  • mary paulin

    I miss so much Mad Men!!!!! Can’t wait for the new season!!! <3

  • sp

    It is amazing how January Jones shines on “Mad Men”, but her performances outside of her well-regarded show, her acting is awkward and a very amateurish. She just seems so out of place and out of her acting league.

  • jt

    Big Brother, you are definitely right about EW scrubbing out comments, absolutely ridiculous. The Truth hurts !

  • jenny

    January Jones was atrocious on SNL. One of the all-time worst hosts. It was painful to watch.

    • Gretchen

      I watched the first few minutes of her appearance of the Jimmy Fallon show and had to stop. She is just unwatchable outside Mad Men

      • Jeb

        maybe not exactly “unwatchable” , but as an actress … am not really riveted by her performances thus far … she could get much much better though , that’s the way acting is…

  • tomm

    Earlier posts said “MM should be more religious”. Well, then what should be the ‘National Religion’ that we bow to?

  • outside agitator

    please…don’t make Mad Men religious, it’s sordid enough as it is without something as sleazy and immoral as religion being added to the mix.

  • Maggie May

    I am glad she is so positive about the future of the series. I can’t wait for the next season, love the show (THE WAY IT IS.) to those of you that want the show to be more ‘positive christian values’, please stick to Touched by an Angel reruns and leave this show alone.

  • madmenquoter

    “The next morning she woke me up, leaning over me with this crazy smile and said, ‘Morning, Stephanie, have you heard the Good News?’”

    “There are worse things,” her aunt replied.

    “No there aren’t,” said Dick.

    “There are worse things

  • Kste

    I love MM..but I remember that after the arrival of The Beatles things changed and many people stopped going to church.

    I think Peggy’s character is spot on. She is evolving as many women did in the mid-60′s.

    MM showed Peggy cutting the cord with her overly religious mother and getting the appt. in the City. That was a turning point in her life.

    MM is sometimes subtle and people miss things because they don’t always spell it out. I like that about the show..it’s more interesting.

  • Keep’n It Real

    Seriously??? Some of you want to see Mad Men cancelled because there isn’t enough religion in it???

    Please get real. It’s like Catholics asking for the Sopranos to be cancelled because there wasn’t enough Catholicism in it, since most Italians are Catholic.

    I respect very much your beliefs, but please don’t impose them on this show…when the ratings confirm that people like as it is.

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