AMC has given a greenlight to a fifth season of the hit show Mad Men and is pushing for a debut in March of 2012. Fans will have to wait 17 months from the series' fourth season finale. The show was delayed, pushing back the premiere from it's original July premiere date because of protracted negotiations between Mad Men creator/executive producer Matt Weiner and AMC/Lionsgate. Deadline reports that the new March return date is not directly tied to the contract talks. Sources are reporting that Weiner had been actually pushing for a shorter gap between Seasons 4 and 5 and had stated that he could get Season 5 produced and delivered on budget for a 2011 premiere. AMC's argument was that it has now 5 original series to accommodate and its next available slot for Mad Men was in March 2012.
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