Future uncertain for TV’s Mad Men

Series producer Matthew Weiner has admitted he is unsure when the fifth season will begin

It’s bad news for Don Draper devotees – Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner has admitted he has no idea when production on the fifth series may begin, with the future of the show looking uncertain.

Admitting that a deal was yet to be hammered out between network AMC and production company, Lionsgate, Weiner told Entertainment Weekly: ‘The truth is I don’t even know what their plans are. We have not started writing. I am not back at work.’

He added: ‘It would be heartbreaking for me if they don’t work it out, horrifying really. It would be a shame for fans to never get to see what great stuff we have planned for Don and company.’

But Weiner offered hope to watchers, stating that he was keen for the series to continue its successful run. ‘I have said over and over in public that I want the show to go on and on and on until it has worn out its welcome with viewers and we can’t think of anything more for the characters to do,’ he explained.

‘I have every intention of making the show when AMC work out their business with Lionsgate. I can’t wait to come back to work.’

A cult hit, the Sixties-based advertising drama has picked up numerous awards including Emmys and Golden Globes, and made household names of its stars, Jon Hamm, January Jones and Christian Hendricks.

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