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Mad Men Season 3 and The Prisoner Premiere This Summer January 9, 2009 4:10 pm

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madmenlogoAt AMC’s Television Association panel on Thursday, president Charlie Collier announced that the period series Mad Men will return for its third season this summer.  That despite continued contract negotiations between producer Lionsgate TV and creator/executive producer Matthew Weiner:

“As long as we get the writers’ room up and running over the next few months, we’re fine (for a summer launch),” Collier told reporters after the sesh, adding that he’s optimistic that an agreement with Weiner will be reached soon.

AMC also announced that Mad Men will lead into the launch of The Prisoner, the network’s six-part series remake of the classic 1960s British drama of the same name.

Source: Variety


Watch The Prisoner (the Original Series) Online for Free January 8, 2009 11:25 am

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in AMC, News, Television, The Prisoner.
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theprisonerdvd-010809In anticipation of its upcoming broadcast of the remake of The Prisoner that will star Jim Caviezel and Sir Ian McKellan, AMC is making available the entire original series on its website for free. Watch the series at this link. The Prisoner mini-series will premiere later this year.

Lionsgate Searching for New Mad Men Showrunner? October 29, 2008 12:55 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in AMC, Cable, Lionsgate, Mad Men, News, Television.
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It seems like a joke, no?  Why would Lionsgate be looking for a new showrunner on a series which just had its best ratings ever (while admittedly still low) and became the first basic cable show to ever win an emmy for best drama?  But, apparently that’s exactly what the studio is doing.  According to Nikki Finke of Deadline Hollywood Daily, Lionsgate execs are calling around various Hollywood agencies looking for a showrunner to replace Mathew Weiner, the creator of AMC’s Mad Men.  The reasoning, according to Finke’s sources, is that they think Weiner’s agents are asking too much money for him.  CAA, the agency that represents Weiner, is reportedly asking for Weiner to be paid $10 million a year.  He also wants control over promotion and advertising.

While that type of money is common place for hit shows on premium cable, the economics almost never make sense to pay some one that much for a basic cable television show and Lionsgate is balking at the asking price.  From DHD:

“The ‘ask’ was insanity,” one insider tells me. “It’s preposterous. AMC is a basic cable network. The economics don’t support this. It’s why Lionsgate is throwing their arms up in the air. And, remember, they got a two-year pickup for the show with or without Matt Weiner.”

When asked by a Lionsgate source about this situation, Finke was told, “We’re negotiating with Matthew Weiner. But we want him back…”  If that’s the case, then it seems very odd for them to go out and look for a new showrunner just in case.

As I prefaced earlier, Mad Men just concluded its best season.  Sunday’s finale drew 1.75 million total viewers, an improvement of 89% over the first-season finale (926,000).  Compared to season one, season two saw an increase of 63% among total viewers (1.5 million vs. 925,000) as well as gains among the key demos adults 18-49 (+109%–705,000 vs. 338,000) and adults 25-54 (+81%–780,000 vs. 430,000).

Source: Deadline Hollywood Daily

“Mad Men” Creator Has a 10-year (Only Four More Seasons) Plan For the Show July 10, 2008 5:30 pm

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At the TCA panel for Mad Men, the show’s creator, Matt Weiner, revealed that the series will air for just four more years.  The plan is for the show to jump into the future approximately two years every season, which means that the story will end in 1969.  It’s certainly going to be quite interesting to see the transformation of the show over the coming seasons as it exits the 50’s and enters the 1960’s.

Mad Men joins a list of recent series setting end points for their runs (Battlestar Galactica-4 years and Lost-6 years to name a few.)  Though I would love if my favorite show could go on and on, I understand and agree with this policy.  I think all shows would improve dramatically if their respective creators have a diagram of where it begins and where it ends.

Season two of Mad Men premieres on AMC July 27th.  The season one DVD set (which is terrific by the way, and absolutely LOADED with extras) is available to own on DVD and Blu-ray Hi-Def.

Source: THR

Win a role on Mad Men July 2, 2008 2:29 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in AMC, Contests, Mad Men, Television.
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How would you like to win a walk-on role on the AMC original series Mad Men?  AMC is running a contest and the winner will get just that, a walk-on role.  But this isn’t a simple send in your e-mail contest, you have to actually prove yourself as an actor.  Here’s what you have to do: go to the website, print out a monologue from the show and film yourself doing it.  Then you upload the video to the AMC web site.  The winner gets a walk-on role in a future episode and a free trip to Los Angeles.

Mad Men Returns in July on New Night May 29, 2008 5:09 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in AMC, Mad Men, News, Television.
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AMC has set a premiere date for the second season of their critically acclaimed original series Mad Men.  The show will debut on the network on Sunday, July 27th at 10pm, moving from Thursday nights.  AMC will celebrate its return with a Mad Men marathon of all 13 first season episodes starting on Sunday, July 20th at 12pm.

The first season of the show will also be available on-demand in standard and high-definition on June 30th and on DVD July 1st.

AMC Renews “Breaking Bad” May 7, 2008 7:05 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in AMC, Breaking Bad, Cable TV, News, Renewals, Television.
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AMC’s second original series Breaking Bad is coming back for another season.  The series has received a 13 episode second season pickup. According to numbers released by Nielsen, the series averaged a 0.9 household rating or 825,000 households, an improvement on the network’s 2007 primetime averages by 4% and 5%, respectively.


AMC’s “Mad Men” to See Second Season September 19, 2007 4:47 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in AMC, Mad Men, News, Renewals, Television.
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Variety is reporting that AMC is all set to renew their recently introduced drama series Mad Men.


Good Debut for AMC’s “Mad Men” July 21, 2007 2:06 am

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in AMC, Cable TV Ratings, Mad Men, News, Nielsen TV Ratings, Television.
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Improving upon its timeslot by 75%, AMC’s first ever original drama series Mad Men delivered a strong 1.4 household rating (more than 1.2 million homes) on Thursday night at 10:00 p.m.