Mad Men being threatened with cancellation?! 5th season won't air until 2012

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  1. Bierboy

    Bierboy Seasoned gas passer

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    WTF? :eek:

    AMC threatening to cancel if Weiner doesn't agree to cast cutting and trimming a few minutes per ep...

    I would think this could be worked out...
     
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  3. IJustLikeTivo

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    MTF'er. What a bunch of Fing morons. Let's all go out and kill the golden goose. Viewers have a crappy memory and little patience. The seasons are short already and now the gaps are idiotic. I think Weiner needs to change his name to Wiener.
     
  4. BobB

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    Or AMC to Absolutely Moronic Company. He created the show, it's a huge success, and they presume to tell him that he needs to cut some characters? THEY'RE the ******bags here.
     
  5. TheMerk

    TheMerk Always Bid First

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    I never stuck with the Sopranos after the long hiatus they had, and I may not come back to Mad Men either.

    If AMC keeps serving up Breaking Bad they'll be fine with me.
     
  6. Tracy

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    I have to admit, I really felt the ex-wife was a superfluous character last year. They must have plans for them to get back together.
     
  7. mmilton80

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    BRING BACK RUBICON, YOU B@#%ards.
     
  8. gossamer88

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    Last season was not the best...IMO. Still would miss it though. Hopefully it'll get back on track.
     
  9. kaszeta

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    Time to start selling "Burn in Hell, AMC" t-shirts....
     
  10. mattack

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    Bring back Remember WENN!
     
  11. TheDewAddict

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    I don't put all the blame on AMC. Wiener negotiated a $30 million payroll for himself, making him the highest paid showrunner on basic cable, for a show that isn't generally that highly rated. Each Episode is longer than 90% of the other shows on basic cable in running time, leaving less room for commercials. If he wants that $30 million, AMC's gotta make that money somewhere. Cutting superfluous cast, adding commercials and/or product integration are logical areas this could be done. If I remember, Mad Men already did a fair amount of product integration.
     
  12. SteveInNC

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    Another reason why they likely authorized a fifth season rather than canceling: five seasons seems to be the magic number to get a series into syndication, where serious extra money gets made.
     
  13. Jeeters

    Jeeters Registered Snoozer

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    I would also put some blame on AMC for agreeing to that.
     
  14. cheerdude

    cheerdude Reed & Juliet's CPA

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    Ilana mention that she thought MW had previously said that he had a 5 season arc in his head.

    Maybe he wanted to end the show after this season & AMC didn't?
     
  15. IJustLikeTivo

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    That's not a big consideration here. MM only has 13 episode seasons to start with. It would take 8 seasons to come close to a normal five year run for a regular 22 season run on the networks.
     
  16. IJustLikeTivo

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    A stupid idea to start a show with a defined arc that's locked in stone. Not a bad idea to understand where you want to go but stopping for no specific reason just seems like an artifice to great some sense of "specialness" where there isn't any.
     
  17. cheesesteak

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    Mad Men is a darling of the critics but I don't think it pulls in boffo ratings or dollars. If AMC says to trim a little fat then trim a little fat.

    We'll probably get a reality show of people dressing up and acting like it's the 60s instead of Mad Men this year.
     
  18. Bierboy

    Bierboy Seasoned gas passer

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    AMC is now saying MM will air in March 2012.
     
  19. TAsunder

    TAsunder Debates Ghee vs Gi

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    Doesn't mad men generally pull in 2-2.5 million viewers? That puts it among the higher-viewership shows on cable, I would think.
     
  20. robojerk

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    I think a lot of shows run past their prime. Having a story arc that ends means you tell your story, and not drag the series out an extra 2-3 seasons with a paused plot. I think they should let him (Weiner) finish his arc, and if AMC wants to continue the show let him take an Executive Producer roll and let someone else run the show. Unless of course the end of the arc means the downfall of the main character where continuing the story is impossible.
     

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