Things seem to be getting quite serious as the power struggle between Lionsgate, AMC, Matthew Weiner and a load of scurrilous middle men continues to delay the fifth series of Mad Men, the drama about life in New York’s advertising industry circa 1965.
As anticipation for the next instalment hits the stratosphere we are hearing some ever-more worrying rumours. Last week there was speculation that the show would not be airing until the start of next year at the earliest (a piece of news that was confirmed earlier this week) but now New York gossip column Page Six has reported that AMC bosses are demanding that two characters be cut and episodes are shortened to allow more room for adverts. In all honesty, we at OTB would love to see the back of Betty, but it would break our idealistic little hearts to see ‘the man’ interfering with this modern classic.
We are not alone it seems because fans have launched a Facebook campaign called ‘Save Mad Men From The Ad Men’ and show creator Matthew Weiner has offered to take a pay cut in a bid to end a financial dispute between TV bosses which has thrown the future of the show into jeopardy.
“I am fighting for the cast and for the show,” he told Mad Men blog Basket of Kisses. “And I appreciate the kindness and concern of the fans… I offered to have less money, to save the cast, and to leave the show in the running time that it’s supposed to be… Even though people have left the show, none of that has ever been about money. I’ve brought the show in on budget. I’ve been a good producer.”