AMC and Lionsgate have come to a deal that will bring the award winning series Mad Men back for seasons five and six. Also returning is creator Matthew Weiner, who’ll serve as the series’ showrunner.
“AMC’s original programming began with a mission to create bold storytelling of the highest quality, and Mad Men was the perfect expression of that commitment. We’ve been proud to support this show from the day we read Matt’s ground-breaking pilot script and have loved building it with Matt and Lionsgate into the cultural phenomenon it has become,” said Charlie Collier, president of AMC. “For everyone involved in the show and its passionate fans, we are thrilled to announce that the series will continue on AMC under the exceptional vision of Matt Weiner.”
Weiner’s return was up in the air allegedly over disputes over AMC’s demands to reduce production costs and increase ad time and product placements. Weiner was reportedly offerd $30 million to stay on as showrunner.
“I want to thank all of our wonderful fans for their support.” said Weiner. “I also want to thank AMC and Lionsgate for agreeing to support the artistic freedom of myself, the cast and the crew so that we can continue to make the show exactly as we have from the beginning. I’m excited to get started on the next chapter of our story.”
Mad Men is expected to return in early 2012.