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Could 'Mad Men' be an Emmy winner without Matt Weiner?

Mw "If Matt Weiner does not agree to a new deal, AMC and Lionsgate have signaled they are prepared to continue to produce 'Mad Men' without him," reports the Los Angeles Times. The stalled talks mean that the show, which usually starts its 13-episode run in the summer, now won't air its fifth season until early 2012. People close to the show think March is the earliest it could be back on the air.

Obviously, this is a tough network ploy to gain advantage in their negotiations. It's crazy to think they'd continue "Mad Men" without Weiner, but NBC continued "The West Wing" sans Aaron Sorkin. And the network paid a hefty price at the Emmys. After winning in the drama-series race for four years in a row under Sorkin's leadership, "The West Wing" consistently lost the top race after his departure.

"Mad Men" has won the Emmy for drama series for the last three years and has an excellent shot at prevailing again -- if it can conquer recent Golden Globe champ "Boardwalk Empire."

Assuming it triumphs again, the March 2012 launch date for Season 5 is good news, because it's much more Emmy friendly. The next 13 episodes will air during the tail end of the awards eligibility period, which concludes May 31 every year. Previous seasons spanned July to October or August to November.


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Photo: "Mad Men" creator Matt Weiner and wife Linda Brettler after the 2009 Emmy Awards. Credit: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times

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Mad Men is definitely a taste. I do not see anything specially in that series except of course the amazing cast, great direction, and incredible set/costume design. But story wise, it's a boring slow show. I can't see it winning another Emmy, and I kinda hate when the Emmy awards shows during multiple years. There is so much on television these days, it should be darn hard to get a second Emmy, but idk. They did so well last year awarding newcomers left and right. Except that guy from Breaking Bad who I also think should stop submitting his name since he wins all time time. It's like Oprah, we know you are good, but give some other people a chance lol^>^

Congratulations to Mr. Weiner for his creative integrity. I'm sure that the issue was not money. Elimination of any of his superb cast would be a disaster. These same creative problems ironically, are reflected in his show - Duck vs Don etc. I am amazed how closely the show resembles the advertising business
back in its golden age (I was working at Grey when Honda split). I cannot wait for Mad Men to begin again - with its complete cast
R Perkins.

this show is pretty close to jumping the shark --- maybe it's time for new blood


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