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'Mad Men' creator Matt Weiner on renegotiations: 'They were trying to make me look greedy'

Fans of Mad Men should know by now that the protracted renegotiation over the show’s future on AMC had nothing to do with the drama’s delayed premiere – but creator Matthew Weiner said the perception still remains that he was, in part, to blame.

In an online interview, Weiner talks about how it was always the plan to debut the fifth season in 2012 but rumors were circulated during the protracted talks that suggested otherwise. “What was interesting in the middle of it, as a tactic, they [AMC] told the public the show was going to be delayed  through the non-cast negotiations and that was not true,” Weiner tells his sister and freelancer journalist Allison Hope Weiner. “I was trying to get the show on. And I said it wasn’t true. They have since said it wasn’t true. It was irreversible.” READ FULL STORY

'Mad Men': New predictably dashing pics from season 5!

Settle in with your Old Fashioneds, my friends, because we’ve still got a long wait until Mad Men returns to our TV screens. Until then, three new pictures of stars Jon Hamm, John Slattery, and Vincent Kartheiser on set have emerged. And let me tell you, that Don Draper can lean with the best of ‘em. (What can’t that man do?) See more pics of the Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce crew after the jump. READ FULL STORY

January Jones is 'not as approachable as others,' says Bobby Draper

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Zach Galifianakis isn't the only person that has a problem with January Jones. Jared Gilmore -- the actor formerly known as Don and Betty's son, Bobby Draper (Gilmore left Mad Men for ABC's Once Upon a Time) -- also told a reporter that the Mad Men and X-Men: First Class actress is, well, frosty. When TV Guide asked Gilmore for advice for his replacement, the young actor responded, "Be careful around January [Jones]

. She’s not as approachable as the others. She’s really serious about what she does. Everyone else is so nice.”

Jones’ rep has not immediately responded to EW’s request for comment. Looks like Sally isn’t the only young Draper who’s Team Don. Kids say the darndest things!

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‘Mad Men’ season 5 first look: Jon Hamm directs Elisabeth Moss — EXCLUSIVE PHOTO
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‘Mad Men’ signs Jon Hamm for three more seasons

'Sons of Anarchy' showrunner claims AMC fired Frank Darabont because 'Mad Men' 'gutted' AMC

UPDATED: AMC’s year got off to an awkward start, beginning with very public contract negotiations with Mad Men. Then came the unexpected departure of showrunner Frank Darabont from The Walking Dead, and the revelation that the network was apparently playing hardball with Breaking Bad over a shortened final season. Toss in the audience-frustrating season finale of The Killing, and the network looks like a genuine three-ring circus, albeit a circus defined by moral ambiguity. Last night, Sons of Anarchy showrunner Kurt Sutter drove his metaphorical motorcycle into this metaphorical circus and metaphorically shot the elephant so he could cook it on his metaphorical spit. Metaphors! READ FULL STORY

'Mad Men' season 5 first look: Jon Hamm directs Elisabeth Moss -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTO

Peggy Olson in dolphin shorts? Why, the fifth season of Mad Men must take the biggest time jump yet!

We kid. Below is a first-look shot from the Mad Men set as Jon Hamm takes on his new role as director of the show’s highly anticipated season premiere. Also in this rehearsal shot: Elisabeth Moss, co-producer Marcy Patterson, photography director Christopher Manley and executive producer Matthew Weiner. The series, which resumes production in Los Angeles and returns next year, landed the outstanding drama award at the TV critics press club awards on Saturday, with Hamm earning individual achievement in a drama series. Here’s your exclusive pic with a quote from Hamm below:
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'Mad Men' season 5 to start shooting next week

Just when it was starting to get suspicious that AMC’s Mad Men hadn’t yet announced a date to start its production, here comes this news: The critical fave will begin shooting its much delayed fifth season on Aug. 8, and will premiere next year. It’s unclear how the show will handle January Jones’ pregnancy — whether Betty Draper will be with child, if her figure will be hidden, or if her scenes will be delayed until after she has her baby, which is due in November. In other Mad Men news, the show’s first four seasons have now begun streaming on Netflix… assuming you’ve forgiven Netflix.

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'Mad Men's Michael Gladis talks 'Leverage' role

It’s been a year since we’ve seen Michael Gladis on Mad Men, but on this Sunday’s Leverage, he’s making a return to the PR world in a big and much more sinister way. Gladis plays Reed Rockwell, a public image consultant who goes above and beyond for his clients. “Often times that includes character assassination or destroying the reputations of his clients’ enemies,” Gladis tells EW. READ FULL STORY

'Mad Men' signs Jon Hamm for three more seasons

Mad Men may be renewed for two seasons, but star Jon Hamm is now signed for three. AMC recently made a deal with showrunner Matthew Weiner to continue the retro drama for a couple more years, with a strong possibility of doing a third. Now it looks like the show is set to finish its run in a grand total of seven seasons now that sources confirm Hamm has inked a deal with producer Lionsgate TV for a trio of years. The show still hasn’t started production on season five, but the writers room is in full swing.

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‘Mad Men’ is a done deal! AMC drama is renewed with Matthew Weiner on board

'Mad Men,' 'Modern Family,' John Noble, and Christina Hendricks among Critics' Choice Award winners

The Critics’ Choice Television Awards — created by the recently established Broadcast Television Critics Association — were designed in part to be a counterpoint to the annual Emmy Awards (and the more established TCA Awards). The winners of the first annual CCTAs, however, echoed several Emmy winners of the recent past: AMC’s Mad Men took home Best Drama; ABC’s Modern Family won Best Comedy; Best Actress in a Comedy went to 30 Rock‘s Tina Fey; and The Big Bang Theory‘s Jim Parsons earned Best Actor in a Comedy.

The majority of winners, however, have not snagged an Emmy award — or, in some cases, even a nomination — but remain long-standing fan favorites.  READ FULL STORY

Danish version of 'The Killing' wins BAFTA award

The original Danish television version of The Killing edged out three American dramas — Mad Men, Glee, and Boardwalk Empire — to win the BAFTA award for Best International series. In some of the other major categories honored yesterday, Sherlock was named the Best Drama Series, Steve Coogan (The Trip) won Best Male Performance in a Comedy, and Martin Freeman (Sherlock) won Best Supporting Actor.

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'DWTS' continues to boogie; Good night for 'HIMYM,' 'Mad Love' on CBS

Original episodes of your favorite shows are finally back, baby! With the May sweeps month up and kicking, ABC notched a win Monday because of Dancing With the Stars, which earned a 4.4 rating/12 share in adults 18-49 and 20.8 million viewers, according to early results. Each 18-49 ratings point equals 1.3 million.

ABC triumphed on Tuesday in the demo (3.9/10) and viewers (17.9 million), even though Castle (2.9/7) was down 3 percent versus its last original on April 11.

And how is CBS faring without those fresh episodes of Two and a Half Men? Well, not so great: READ FULL STORY

Rejoice 'Mad Men' fans! Star Rich Sommer is here to give you a massive fix

 With Season 5 of Mad Men still months away from going into production, these are dark times for fans of the show. Rich Sommer, who plays good-guy-occasional-bonehead Harry Crane, SCDP&C’s reigning Head of Media, to the rescue! In a recent interview with EW, Sommer proved that he is as big a geek for the show as the most passionate of fans: He defends the honor of Betty, sings the praises of Pete and Trudy, and picks the one line of dialogue that best captures Don Draper’s brokenness. And he addresses his infamous tweet that got everyone riled up about the possibility of no Season 5 in the first place. “I have no idea if there will be a season 5 of MM,” Sommer tweeted back in November. “I am operating under the assumption that there won’t be, until I hear otherwise.” Oops. That didn’t go over very well with his bosses. Enjoy, Mad Men fans. Then dive deep into your DVD box set of Season 4. (And lest he inadvertently start another uproar, let’s just be clear up front that he’s kidding about Harry going to jail in Season 5.) Warning for those not all caught up with the show: SPOILERS follow. READ FULL STORY

'Mad Men': How the cast members are spending their summer vacation

The Mad Men cast was left somewhat twiddling their thumbs while waiting for show runner Matthew Weiner and AMC/Lionsgate to reach a satisfying end to their fraught negotiations. (Hands were finally shook last night, and we now have a guaranteed two more seasons. Hooray!) But with the show’s production schedule suddenly pushed from a late April to late July start, they’re all staring at an unexpected hole on the calendar. What now for some of our beloveds? (By the way, the Internet voted last night and everyone is totally on board with the idea of Kiernan Shipka taking the early summer to play Katniss’ dear younger sister Prim in The Hunger Games.) READ FULL STORY

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