Mad Men Season five should be back on TV this summer, but new reports say conflicts over money may push the AMC series back.
According to The New York Times, Mad Men production usually starts up now, but AMC is still trying to reach a deal with Lionsgate and the studio needs to reach a deal with the show’s creator, Matthew Weiner!
In January, Weiner told Entertainment Weekly (via NYT) that AMC and Lionsgate, “are fighting over a very lucrative property, and who is going to pay for it to get made; it’s one of the biggest perils of success — everyone wants a piece of it now, and they are fighting over who is gonna get the biggest chunk.”
“By now, the writing staff should be humming along, maybe about a month or more into work for a summer premiere,” Todd Gold, editor in chief of Xfinity TV said. “Unless Weiner is secretly manufacturing outlines in preparation of some crazy all-night writing sessions with his staff, it might be time for fans to grow concerned.”
Petitions by fans have been started up to bring the show back in 2011, but it looks like that might be a challenge to make happen.
According to NYT, AMC’s scheduling may not have room for Mad Men to return after its normal scheduling until late 2011 or early 2012.