AMC Greenlights Third Season Of MAD MEN -- But Will Creator/Showrunner Weiner Return??
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The good news is AMC has just greenlit a third season of its Emmy-winning flagship series, “Mad Men.” The bad news is Matthew Weiner, the “Sopranos” vet who created the series and serves as its showrunner, is not yet contracted to return.
Find all of Variety’s story on the matter here.
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Oct. 16, 2008, 11:45 p.m. CST
He needs to be there. I mean, I'll still watch like hell if he doesn't, but goddamn I have full trust in him.
Oct. 16, 2008, 11:47 p.m. CST
the show is amazing and it has to be creatively fulfilling...why on earth would he leave. i'm sure it's just a matter of time.
Oct. 16, 2008, 11:49 p.m. CST
by Mr. Nice Gaius
...DO NOT leave Don Draper hanging in the breeze. Just sign a contract and make everyone happy. OK? OK.
Oct. 16, 2008, 11:49 p.m. CST
by Kurutteru Yatsu
Don't fuck this up AMC.
Oct. 17, 2008, 12:03 a.m. CST
C'mon AMC and Weiner now is not the time for a dick measuring contest. AMC pony up and Weiner give a home town discount. Everbody will be happy that way. M'Kay?
Oct. 17, 2008, 12:05 a.m. CST
by Mr. Nice Gaius
Oct. 17, 2008, 12:32 a.m. CST
Back at ya!
Oct. 17, 2008, 12:47 a.m. CST
Oct. 17, 2008, 12:50 a.m. CST
cant wait to see the specific popculture from that year.
Oct. 17, 2008, 12:53 a.m. CST
by James Westfall
And I can't see what the big deal is about this show. It's got moments of intelligence but it just seems like it's lacking something. Like it's trying to be the Sopranos or any other successful cable show but it's just coming shy of it. Is the second season better?
Oct. 17, 2008, 1:04 a.m. CST
Better be getting some love form ASMC so we can get a proper season 3 to Mad Men!
Oct. 17, 2008, 1:18 a.m. CST
It's his baby. From interviews and the special features on DVD, it seems like it's his passion piece.
Oct. 17, 2008, 2:56 a.m. CST
as they say, it would be like staging Hamlet without the Prince.<p> oh, sorry, was that reference too highbrow for you? then it would be like X-Men without Wolverine.<p> how's that?<p>
Oct. 17, 2008, 3:51 a.m. CST
by The McPoyle Clan
Oct. 17, 2008, 3:53 a.m. CST
by The McPoyle Clan
but somebody's got to pay for all the big houses, fancy cars, personal assistants, and drug habits of the Hollywood set.
Oct. 17, 2008, 5:33 a.m. CST
without him, madmen isn't the same show
Oct. 17, 2008, 5:53 a.m. CST
Sorry - couldn't resist.
Oct. 17, 2008, 7:08 a.m. CST
Oct. 17, 2008, 8:53 a.m. CST
And I did detect that strange woozy atmosphere that the Sopranos was so good at. Well that explains it then. Bring'em back.
Oct. 17, 2008, 9:04 a.m. CST
I stopped watching so I can do a marathon viewing when this season ends.
Oct. 17, 2008, 9:58 a.m. CST
The answer to your question is yes. Hell yes. This show keeps getting better and better.
Oct. 17, 2008, 10:17 a.m. CST
Weiner has pretty much written this entire season. To renew it and then get rid of him would make no sense at all, as the success is because of him. Yes, he has all five seasons relatively plotted out, which would make this even more stupid. Let alone, this is the show that got AMC the current respect it has, and if the network were to just fire the creator of that show, for no real reason, it would obviously leave a bad taste in everyone's mouth. So no, this is NOT going to happen. And the fact that Mad Men has been renewed for a third season isn't even news, as AMC's website has had a contest where the prize is a walk on role on season 3 of Mad Men being advertised for ages now.
Oct. 17, 2008, 10:41 a.m. CST
Why even bother if he doesn't?
Oct. 17, 2008, 10:42 a.m. CST
I'm going need it.
Oct. 17, 2008, 10:49 a.m. CST
by Mr. N
Show needs Weiner, he's got the five year plan all laid out. AMC should just cut a deal for the 4th and 5th seasons now so all the writers can figure out an appropriate and satisfying conclusion. If they pull a Sopranos and jump to black I'm going to kill something.
Oct. 17, 2008, 10:52 a.m. CST
by Johnny Smith
The X-Men got by for over ten years before Wolverine was even created. The X-Men were originally created in 1963; Wolverine was created as a Hulk villain in 1974 before joining the team in 1975. In any event, your analogy sucks.
Oct. 17, 2008, 11:11 a.m. CST
just because he's not under contract for a third year, doesn't mean he's going to just walk away from the show. the show just got its third season, and considering this is cable and not network, and this show was a risk from the get-go, smart money says most of the actors/writers/directors were only under contract for 2 if not 1 season. show just got picked up, now its time for them to go and get everyone else they need to stick around. Mad Men is AMC's golden egg, if you think there gonna let the goose who layed it walk away(if they have anything to say about it that is) you'd be sadly mistaken.
Oct. 17, 2008, 11:12 a.m. CST
your last post makes me glad i have a social/sex life.
Oct. 17, 2008, 12:06 p.m. CST
with 5 seasons as reported on AICN? Why would he leave after 2 if his plan all along was to do 5?
Oct. 17, 2008, 1:12 p.m. CST
Weiner may be holding out for more cash. But for a show that averages, what?, 2 million viewers an episode at the most? AMC would be foolish to let him go.
Oct. 17, 2008, 1:34 p.m. CST
somewhere i recently read he's going to take draper to 72. get ready for flannel, bellbottoms, sideburns.
Oct. 17, 2008, 1:37 p.m. CST
I can see it now....Don experiments with LSD...groovy.
Oct. 17, 2008, 2 p.m. CST
by Thunderbolt Ross
This is kind of a non-story. Until I hear there's contractual problems, I'll just assume everything's hunky dory.
Oct. 17, 2008, 4:08 p.m. CST
but every time there's a synopsis posted I laugh like hell. "Don and Peggy work on an Ad Campaign. Roger and Jane Have lunch. Betty is bored at home" the show's plot is almost subliminally slow, but then that's kind of the point, huh? It's moves like a glacier, but there's such incredible tension right under the surface that disaster always seems imminent.
Oct. 18, 2008, 5:16 p.m. CST
This isn't their first series. There was Remember WENN also.
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