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'Mad Men' delayed until 2012 over contract dispute

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For some reason, everyone in the media seems to be obsessed with Mad Men, and thinks all of you are rabid fans of the show. But The Juice* knows the truth: Only about 2 million or so folks will be disappointed to hear that the AMC offering is going to be delayed from its usual summer premiere, possibly until next year. However will the rest of you survive?

"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," AMC told the New York Times in a statement Tuesday. This comes only a day after Deadline.com and The Daily reported show creator Matthew Weiner was feuding with the network over cost-saving measures like making each episode two minutes shorter to show more commercials and getting rid of two characters to save money.

"I don't understand why, with all of the success of the show, they suddenly need to change it," said Weiner, who reportedly turned down a three-year, $30 million contract to keep making Mad Men after his current agreement expired after the fourth season. "All I want to do is continue to make my show, and make it in the way I want to, with the people I want to make it with."

Well, we can respect his convictions, at the very least. Too bad we'll have to hear whining from the tiny percentage of the population that actually watches the show while the rest of you say "ho-hum" and turn on another season of Jersey Shore.

[Photo: Weiner with Christina Hendricks and John Slattery. For now. Getty Images]

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[Last modified: Tuesday, March 29, 2011 2:38pm]

    

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