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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

    No no no no

    by mefrog

    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

    why on earth would he leave?

    by Greenleaf1

    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

    Hey Weiner...

    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

    Didn't he already map out the whole thing?

    by Kurutteru Yatsu

    Don't fuck this up AMC.

  • Oct. 17, 2008, 12:03 a.m. CST

    I second what Mr Nice Gaius wrote

    by Xiphos_2

    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


    by Xiphos_2

    Back at ya!

  • Oct. 17, 2008, 12:47 a.m. CST

    Pay him

    by wash


  • Oct. 17, 2008, 12:50 a.m. CST


    by Prossor

    cant wait to see the specific popculture from that year.

  • Oct. 17, 2008, 12:53 a.m. CST

    I am over halfway into Season One on DVD...

    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

    Weiner's Wiener

    by mansuper

    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

    He has to

    by billypilgrimisunstuck

    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

    Mad Men without Weiner?

    by newc0253

    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

    It can all be explained with one character:

    by The McPoyle Clan


  • Oct. 17, 2008, 3:53 a.m. CST

    And that's not a dig on Weiner

    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

    Matthew Weiner

    by palewook

    without him, madmen isn't the same show

  • Oct. 17, 2008, 5:53 a.m. CST


    by Yeti

    Sorry - couldn't resist.

  • Oct. 17, 2008, 7:08 a.m. CST

    Ask me about my Weiner

    by tonagan

  • Oct. 17, 2008, 8:53 a.m. CST

    I only started watching the show recently

    by TroutMaskReplicant

    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

    Has this season been as good as S1?

    by veritasses

    I stopped watching so I can do a marathon viewing when this season ends.

  • Oct. 17, 2008, 9:58 a.m. CST


    by Luscious.868

    The answer to your question is yes. Hell yes. This show keeps getting better and better.

  • Oct. 17, 2008, 10:17 a.m. CST

    Such a fucking waste of a talkback...

    by DanielKurland

    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

    Weiner has to return.

    by HoboCode

    Why even bother if he doesn't?

  • Oct. 17, 2008, 10:42 a.m. CST

    Somebody fix me an Old Fashioned

    by HoboCode

    I'm going need it.

  • Oct. 17, 2008, 10:47 a.m. CST

    by Mr. N

  • Oct. 17, 2008, 10:49 a.m. CST

    Accidental post, here's the real deal:

    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

    i think everyone is reading to much into this

    by Timahh

    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

    oh and johnny smith.....

    by Timahh

    your last post makes me glad i have a social/sex life.

  • Oct. 17, 2008, 12:06 p.m. CST

    Didn't Weiner say his plan was to continure the show to 1969

    by nalapou

    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

    After winning the Emmy

    by skimn

    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

    actually they're going all the way to 1972

    by Prossor

    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

    Into the seventies

    by skimn

    I can see it now....Don experiments with LSD...groovy.

  • Oct. 17, 2008, 2 p.m. CST

    agreed ...

    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

    I love Mad Men

    by subtlety

    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


    by tHeGRinGoGenTiLE

    This isn't their first series. There was Remember WENN also.