“It might be time for fans to grow concerned.”
Alarming news for fans of Matthew Weiner ’87‘s critically acclaimed, Emmy-winning AMC drama (that includes basically all of Wesleyan, last I checked). Neither AMC, nor the show’s studio, Lionsgate, have announced a new deal for the show’s fifth season, which means the season may well not drop until late 2011, or 2012. Details are vague, but the disagreement involves “a very lucrative property, and who is going to pay for it to get made.”
More from the New York Times:
Mr. Weiner has said he wants the show to continue, and AMC has pledged that it will definitely return, so the delay is largely due to a disagreement about money. As Mr. Weiner told Entertainment Weekly in January, apparently referring to AMC and Lionsgate, “They 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.”
Money often causes strife between program creators and distributors, but rarely do the negotiations drag out this long.