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I am – Hercules!! Good news for cable subscribers: Don Draper and Nancy Botwin are getting fresh dialogue. Thanks to an interim agreement struck by Lionsgate and the WGA on Thursday, “Mad Men” and “Weeds” writers will begin pounding out new teleplays for their acclaimed series as early as Monday. Besides Lionsgate, there are now 12 companies with interim WGA deals: Jackson Bites (“Jumper”), Marvel (“Iron Man”), Media Rights Capital (“Babel,” “Sleuth”), RKO (“Are We Done Yet?”), Sidney Kimmel Entertainment (“The Kite Runner”), Spyglass Entertainment (“27 Dresses”), United Artists (“Lions For Lambs”), The Weinstein Company (“The Mist,” “Rambo”), Worldwide Pants (“The Late Show With David Letterman”) and Mandate Films (no idea). Real all of TV Guide’s story on the matter here.

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  • Jan. 26, 2008, 6:28 p.m. CST


    by SkidMarkedUndies

    Maybe some progress will be made on other fronts as well.

  • Jan. 26, 2008, 6:28 p.m. CST

    Its genius of the writers to turn the production companies...

    by rbatty024

    against one another. I think the bigger companies are going to start worrying when these smaller companies are scheduling TV shows and movies without competition from the big guys.

  • Jan. 26, 2008, 6:28 p.m. CST


    by SkidMarkedUndies

    I suck.

  • Jan. 26, 2008, 6:31 p.m. CST

    So this is how the writer's strike will end.

    by HudLives

    small deals made sporaticlly until things slowly get back to normal.

  • Jan. 26, 2008, 6:47 p.m. CST

    what excites me:

    by waggy

    that Marvel is the only studio known for blockbusters that's made a deal so far. so for the time being they're the only choice for any writer looking to make the big bucks. here's hopin this leads to a higher caliber of writers working on marvel scripts now. oh and yay for weeds going back into production.

  • Jan. 26, 2008, 6:47 p.m. CST

    Just as long as WB don't sign a deal

    by vadakinX

    Last thing I want to see is Justice League being taken off the shelf.

  • Jan. 26, 2008, 7:11 p.m. CST


    by beetlegeuse

    It's a step in the right direction. If only we could get Comedy Central on board...

  • Jan. 26, 2008, 7:43 p.m. CST


    by dr.bulber

    IS WACK.

  • Jan. 26, 2008, 8:06 p.m. CST


    by Funketeer

    All these deals are interim. Once the strike is settled, writers will revert to whatever deal the WGA makes unless the current production deals are better.

  • Jan. 26, 2008, 8:14 p.m. CST

    Who cares about Weeds or Mad Men, what about DEXTER?

    by blakes7

    Dexter is once again shafted.

  • Jan. 26, 2008, 8:26 p.m. CST

    Two of the best shows on TV!

    by Zardoz

    Dexter is another one... Can't wait!

  • Jan. 26, 2008, 8:42 p.m. CST

    WOO HOO!!

    by bob oblaw


  • Jan. 26, 2008, 9:12 p.m. CST

    Those Wheelin and Dealin WGA members

    by skywalkerfamily

    They're better than stock brokers.

  • Jan. 26, 2008, 10:49 p.m. CST

    Still can't understand how the side deals help the WGA

    by snowpuff

    Letterman is aired on CBS which is own by Viacom. How is it punishing Viacom by helping Letterman? IDGI. How are you putting more pressure on Showtime (owned again by Viacom) by putting back on Weeds and Mad Men.<br> <br> ?????

  • Jan. 26, 2008, 10:55 p.m. CST

    Damages easily the best new show of last year..

    by couP

    but excellent news, surely others will follow suit soon enough.

  • Jan. 27, 2008, 12:28 a.m. CST

    Comedy Central

    by lordgrimplemort

    Do the Daily Show and Colbert Report really not have writers right now? I know they officially don't, but it seems to me like a lot of stuff they've done lately is funnier than it's been in a long time. Are the writers secretly working or is it non-union writers? Just curious if anyone knows.

  • Jan. 27, 2008, 2:05 a.m. CST


    by charlesvandoren

    made a film called Juno. I think maybe it went straight to video.

  • Jan. 27, 2008, 2:40 a.m. CST

    Mad Men and Breaking Bad will rule all!...

    by DanielKurland

    That monologue Pete Campbell has about hunting, and his wife's following actions, is so, so good.

  • Jan. 27, 2008, 3:17 a.m. CST

    Christopher Allport killed in avalanche

    by slayers bitch

    Christopher Allport played Peter Campbell's father in Mad Men. Check out his IMDB page, dude was in over 80 TV shows.

  • Jan. 27, 2008, 4:30 a.m. CST


    by Razorback

    The side deals show that the WGA is negotiating and receiving what they are asking for, giving their overall terms more weight as they are obviously legitimate to members of the industry. If the WGA negotiates nothing but side deals, it still wins since every production will then have to accept those terms.

  • Jan. 27, 2008, 5:20 a.m. CST

    death of a thousand cuts

    by jabberwockey

    This is whats gonna happen to all the studios there are alot of people who just want to get things done right now. Just because the writers are on strike doesnt mean their gnomish little brains arent churning out more sweet pablum for our eager eyes to consume. if they don't go back to the table one of the negotiators on the studio side are gonna turn around and realize that there is no one left on their side anymore.

  • Jan. 27, 2008, 6:17 a.m. CST

    The dozen side deals prove

    by the podosphere

    the WGA's proposals are reasonable. <p> BTW if you read deadlinehollywooddaily you'll see some small leaks coming out that there will be an agreement soon. Who knows, maybe the studios really DO want to save the Oscars this year. <p> Meanwhile, as Jabberwockey has pointed out, with some writers already signing deals with New Media companies, others experimenting with podcasts (United Hollywood), and I imagine at least a few getting really entrepreneurial and planning to form companies to produce their own stuff, the blowback from the AMPTP's hard stance early in the strike may well be the writers discovering that for the first time, not only do the studios and networks need them more, but their storytelling and joke-writing talents may actually be more valuable elsewhere.

  • Jan. 27, 2008, 11:47 a.m. CST

    mad men dvd?

    by waggy

    i've wanted to check this show out for a while, but haven't been able to find a dvd release date anywhere. anyone know when that is supposed to come out?

  • Jan. 27, 2008, 11:51 a.m. CST


    by Don Antonio

    Juno did no such thing as go straight to video. It has been in cinemas in the US for a while, and I have just seen it in the UK, and it is frankly quite fantastic.

  • Jan. 27, 2008, 12:11 p.m. CST

    Don Antonio

    by Isolar

    Thanks for clearing that up.

  • Jan. 27, 2008, 12:14 p.m. CST


    by Isolar

    If the studios give on that, the WGA will be able to shut them down completely next time. Don't see it happening.

  • Jan. 27, 2008, 12:23 p.m. CST

    Valuable my ass.

    by ZeroCorpse

    The only reason the studios have to make these deals is because they can't hire non-union writers. There are millions of people out there who would gladly take up the writing duties for these shows-- and perhaps do it better-- but they can't, because that would offend the union. They're valuable because they cut off the ability for studios to hire whoever they want, for whatever terms that non-union worker agrees to. <p> The writers in the WGA don't have the monopoly on talent. They just have the might of a union propping them up. If they drag this out too long, the studios may still consider scrapping the idea of hiring unionized writers and start hiring new talent who don't care if they're union members or not. <p> Hey, I'm glad these side deals were made. I'm glad to see Weeds come back. I'd just like to know-- If the producers gave the writers some special Internet residuals deal for their contribution to Weeds and Mad Men, then what sort of residuals are they giving the REST of the creative team on these shows? Are the costumer designers getting anything for their work being put on the Internet? The makeup artists? The foley artists? <p> Maybe they should all strike, too.

  • Jan. 27, 2008, 1:42 p.m. CST

    Heh Heh

    by Anton_Sirius

    ZeroCorpse's trolling attempts are getting really funny, in a pathetic sort of way.

  • Jan. 27, 2008, 2:21 p.m. CST

    Is Worldwide Pants doing any scripted work?

    by INWOsuxRED

    You'd figure they had a window of time where they were the only game in town and could have negotiated with anyone. Do they have anything in the pipeline that isn't a late night CBS talk show?

  • Jan. 27, 2008, 2:27 p.m. CST

    Also, I heart AMC

    by INWOsuxRED

    I'm glad that Mad Men will be back. I hope AMC keeps on greenlighting shows like Mad Men & Breaking Bad.

  • Jan. 27, 2008, 2:33 p.m. CST


    by INWOsuxRED

    I don't think they have writers. The handful of Daily Show episodes I've seen lately have been terrible, but I will agree with you, Colbert is as funny as ever. But much of what I've found funny about Colbert were the National Treasure segments where it really was just him mouthing off at whatever came his way. TDS has devolved into even more Jon Stewart mugging for the camera to kill time.

  • Jan. 27, 2008, 2:59 p.m. CST

    BAD ROBOT should make a deal for HAPPY VIEWERS!

    by TallBoy66

    Happy Lost viewers, that is. It's not as if Bad Robot gets a deal and then Goodard writes "Cloverfield 2". I mean, who cares about that? Me wantie Lost.

  • Jan. 27, 2008, 3:41 p.m. CST

    I'm sure ZeroCorpse's

    by buffywrestling

    mom was very artisic and creative when she was knitting him little scarf-ies but it's still a craft, not intellectual property.

  • Jan. 27, 2008, 7:14 p.m. CST

    MAD MEN is back?? Sweet Jesus, there IS a God!

    by J-Dizzle

  • Jan. 27, 2008, 10:42 p.m. CST

    "InteRRim," not "InteRim"...

    by Leto III

    ...just FYI, peoples.

  • Jan. 28, 2008, 12:54 a.m. CST

    What about UA?

    by grievenom

    I thought they also struck a deal with the WGA.

  • Jan. 28, 2008, 8:37 a.m. CST

    Are all the side deals the same?

    by greg39

    Does anybody know if all of the side deals are basically along the same terms? Because if Lionsgate gave writers a better deal than World Wide Pants won't that just create a new nightmare scenario in three years?

  • Jan. 28, 2008, 11:53 p.m. CST

    Conan shaved his beard!

    by BrandLoyalist

    What a betrayal! Scab! No really, what's that bump behind your right ear? Try an electric. Eh heh. We know you love and miss your writers man! Damnit he's funny, but now the guilt is getting to me again and I have to turn him the hell off.

  • Jan. 29, 2008, 5:30 p.m. CST

    I love Weeds, but...

    by _Maltheus_

    ...they need better writers. The first season was fun. Then it got darker and darker. By the third season, the characters had little to do with each other anymore as they were caught up in their own absurd plots. I swear, next season Nancy will be going up against Al Qaeda or something. It was better and more realistic when she wasn't such a kingpin. Still a good show, but not up to Dexter, Brotherhood or Bullshit. Slightly better than the Tudors.

  • Jan. 30, 2008, 2:04 p.m. CST

    I disagree, I Thought Weeds S3 Was Their Best Yet

    by bswise

    C'mon, Season 3 was awesome and hilarious. Andy's ill-faited stint in the Army. Learnin' with U-Turn. The Brick Dance. The return to form of Matthew Modine. The Sh*t Highway. Magestic takes over. Shane vs. the fundamentalists. The 50-foot Crucifix Grow Light. Andy's ill-fated stint in porn. And, in timely fashion, the great torching of all Majestic. Each season has had it's own theme. Season 1 was about "dealing." Season 2 was about "growing." Season 3 was about "cultivating." Season 4 will be about...? "Running," I suppose. Any way, Weeds getting back to business is the best news I've heard all week. Now, someone, please make a deal to get BIG LOVE back on the air.

  • Jan. 30, 2008, 2:39 p.m. CST

    Weeds S3

    by _Maltheus_

    Andy was a good example of why I didn't like season 3 as much as the others. What was the point of that army stint? His character wasn't integrated into the family like he was earlier and as such, was pointless. Halia got pushed to the sidelines too. I get that Conrad disobeyed her, but who gives a shit? She was much better in the role of mentor in S1 and now she's nothing. Nancy isn't even the same character anymore. No way would S1 Nancy even stay in the business after seeing what happened to her sons in S3. The show is trying to walk the line between funny and gritty and I wish they'd stick to funny. Nancy is not realistic as a kingpin, I'd rather they had kept her small time. Still, I didn't dislike S3, I just prefer the S1 vibe.

  • Jan. 30, 2008, 8:11 p.m. CST

    they're Mad Men because they smoke Weeds

    by Prossor