Damon Lindelof on AMC's 'Mad Men' offer: $30 million 'seems pretty fair'

Former Lost showrunner Damon Lindelof seemingly has weighed in on AMC’s Mad Men mess.

Apparently responding to reports that Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner is being offered a whopping $30 million to write the show for a three-year deal, Lindelof tweeted: “Not that I’m sour grapes, but TEN MILLION DOLLARS a year for 13 episodes of a single show seems pretty fair, no? #SOURGRAPES.”

Also, one report said that Weiner was being asked to cut not two series regulars, as has been previously reported, but rather two a year for three years. Nobody’s touching that one, but having to cut six characters seems rather extreme (and creatively ridiculous — what a way to zap a show of its narrative believability than to have to eliminate a certain number of characters each season like it’s a reality show).

Meanwhile sources say that a potential deal for a three-year renewal with Weiner on board could be only a few hours away… or maybe only a day… or, well, maybe more than that.

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  • Really?

    His tweet was clearly sarcasm, hence the sour grapes joke…seriously, EW?

    • stu

      He’s bitter cuz ABC pd him penuts. Hence the reason he did a lame Lost ending.

  • adam

    If it really is two characters a season that need to be cut, I would have to side with Weiner. That would be a terrible idea. But I doubt that’s the truth. I just don’t see any AMC execs being that dumb.

    • jk

      Yeah, that’s crazy. At the end of three years, all that will be left are Don Draper and Peggy Olsen.

  • commentor

    2 characters a season? Man… this just doesn’t make sense! Showtime? HBO?

  • commentor

    This “article” is really lame, btw. It doesn’t site any sources for that 2 characters per season claim, and do we really care about what another showrunner tweets, sarcastic or not? BAD REPORTING, EW.

  • Sadie

    I think 3 more years is too long. This show has 2 good years left in it MAX.

    • MCS

      Two would be a stretch

  • ABC123

    I can cut 3 characters right off the bat, January Jones and those kids, done .. Next!

  • bruno

    dear damon lindeloff,
    you ruined your own show. it gives you no right to talk about anyone else’s.

    • Sally

      He was cleay joking. #itendedayearagogetoverit

      • Eric

        bruno, lindelof’s tweets will be remembered long after your entire life is forgotten, no joke! You have no right to post on a lame EW article devoted to one of his tweets.

        By the way, he didn’t even mention Weiner’s name in the tweet, let alone comment on the show. Sheesh, the lengths some retards will go to justify their own twisted convictions…

  • PHD

    mind your business and concentrate on giving LOST a proper ending…


    Maybe Matthew Weiner can give you some tips.

    • Meg

      he was jokin, Dumbs$$

    • alex

      The show is over lol.

      • PennyWidmo’

        Whaa? What about season 7?!

        Though we were goin’ baaaaaaack.

  • Mindy

    Pretty sure this was sarcasm. Especially since Weiner’s salary is not the issue.

  • howdy

    30M is fair…what? That’s overpaid

    • Jenn

      Try to keep up, Sparky.

  • iKnow

    So greedy.

  • Phil

    I’ve begun to read that it was not actually requested that he cuts 2 characters, but that AMC doesn’t want to pay a full season salary to actors who only appear in a couple episodes a season.
    If all of this is about wanting more time for advertising, which most of it definitely is, why doesn’t he offer to reduce his salary in order to maintain the integrity of his show?

  • 999

    Perhaps he should take a look at the FBI case and contemplate what fear means.

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