Could Don Draper be getting axed? AMC’s only biggest hit, Mad Men, may soon be cancelled, as show creator Matthew Weiner and AMC have been butting heads.
An insider says producers are demanding Weiner cut three minutes from the show so they can sell more advertising time. Hello, irony!
“Weiner is being completely screwed by AMC,” a source tells The Daily. “Nobody would have heard of AMC if not for Matt Weiner and ‘Man Men.’ But they will not renew the show unless he accedes to all of their demands.”
Who are they, QVC? They might as well just replace the show with one long infomercial.
AMC is also reportedly asking Weiner to get rid of two characters so they can save money from two actor’s salaries, to “show how profitable they are,” says the source.
“Weiner just may walk away from the show, and the AMC execs are threatening to go ahead with ‘Mad Men’ without Weiner, but that would be like doing ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ without Larry David.”
Which would be prettaaaaay senseless.
But it looks like the show is safe for at least another season. After cancellation rumors surfaced, AMC released a public statement, saying “While we are getting a later start than in years past due to ongoing, key non-cast negotiations, Mad Men will be back for a fifth season in early 2012.”
Hey, at least it’s not in danger of cancellation because Jon Hamm thinks he’s a warlock.