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'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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Exec producer Steven Moffat talks ‘Sherlock,’ and lending Martin Freeman to ‘The Hobbit’
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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

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

Don Draper might make it to the 1970s after all. After a protracted standoff, AMC, Lionsgate and Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner have reached an agreement for seasons five and six of the Emmy-winning drama.

Weiner, who will return as showrunner, has also signed a new long-term deal with Lionsgate. As a result of the negotiations, however, season five isn’t expected to air until March of next year.

Weiner signed a deal that’s worth about $10 million per year. The creator  compromised slightly on issue of the show’s running time, agreeing to the show running two minutes shorter in all epiosdes (45 minutes) when on AMC except the fifth season’s premiere and finale (47) — with an option for Weiner to turn in 47-minute episodes for other platforms like VOD and DVD. The main cast is signed on for two more season and no more cuts are expected there.

The deal was originally supposed to be for three seasons, but the cast isn’t yet signed for a seventh season so that’s being tabled for the time being. But everybody thinks that now that Weiner is on board, a seventh season will happen. Weiner is also telling media outlets that the seventh season will be the final one for the show. READ FULL STORY

Matthew Weiner defends 'Mad Men' standoff

Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner issued a statement to fan site Basket of Kisses clarifying his negotiating position that has delayed the show’s eagerly anticipated fifth season until 2012. “There’s been a lot of speculation and misinformation in the press about what is going on,” Weiner said. “I want the fans to know directly from me that I had nothing to do with this delay and it is not about money. I am fighting for the cast and for the show. And I appreciate the kindness and concern of the fans.”

Weiner said he didn’t have an “actual conversation” haggling with the network until three weeks ago. The showrunner also confirmed he was asked to cut two actors from the show each year for three years, though at least one report disputes this. “Even though people have left the show, none of that has ever been about money,” he said. “I’ve brought the show in on budget. I’ve been a good producer.” READ FULL STORY

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.

AMC likely delaying 'Mad Men'

The usual summer premiere of AMC’s Mad Men will likely be delayed. The network, series creator Matthew Weiner and studio Lionsgate are close to a deal for the upcoming fifth season, but protracted negotiations have pushed the production’s usual schedule.

The show typically starts shooting in the spring and debuts in July, but without an agreement for a new season in place the company will probably have to delay debuting the next batch of episodes. AMC had no comment. But EW recently asked star Jon Hamm at The Comedy Central Roast of Donald Trump about the season’s storyline, and he said, “I don’t know if it even exists.”

“We’re still in limbo,” Hamm said. “Usually we start shooting in April or May, and it doesn’t seem like it’s happening now because the writers’ room is not in place.” READ FULL STORY

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. READ FULL STORY

'Mad Men,' 'Modern Family' pick up WGA Awards


Mad Men and Modern Family were big winners at the Writers Guild of America Awards tonight — the two series picked up trophies for Drama and Comedy Series categories, respectively. Mad Men also picked up an award for its “The Chrysanthemum and the Sword” episode. (No doubt this acclaim only reminds Mad Men fans how relieved we are that a season 5 will air on AMC.) 30 Rock won in the TV Episodic Comedy category with “When It Rains, It Pours.” READ FULL STORY

Matthew Weiner on his expired 'Mad Men' contract: 'I am not looking for a new job' -- EXCLUSIVE

mad_men_320.jpg Image Credit: Frank Ockenfels 3/AMC Fans already know that AMC has promised them a fifth season of Mad Men, but will its brilliant creator Matthew Weiner come back, as well? The Emmy-winning scribe told EW exclusively that his new deal has yet to be finalized but he’s “not looking for a new job.”  The show’s future is vague because AMC is still negotiating with both Weiner and Lionsgate, which produces the hit drama starring Jon Hamm.

“I think all of AMC’s decisions about their scheduling and so forth have nothing to do with me, and I don’t have a deal yet,” Weiner told EW, while walking the red carpet for the Producers Guild of America Awards Saturday. READ FULL STORY

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