“Mad Men”: A good today, but what about tomorrow?

DonbettyMad Men” creator Matthew Weiner enjoyed the attention the Golden Globes heaped upon his AMC show Thursday morning as he and his wife were in Milan, Italy, promoting the second season for European audiences.

Yet, while Weiner is proud of where the show has gone, he’s more than concerned he might not be around for its future. He and producer Lionsgate haven’t been able to come up with a deal for season three, and the clock continues to tick.

The lack of a contract is clearly eating away at him, and even gobs of pasta and gelato can’t solve the impasse.

“We’re supposed to start back in the writers’ room in the middle of January,” he said. “This process has been going on for a long time. Everyone knew my contract was up at the end of the year. I did more than I promised I would do. It’s frustrating that it’s taking so long.”

Weiner has always acknowledged the team effort it takes in putting the elaborately detailed “Mad Men” together — from the cast to the scripts, from set and costume design and all below-the-line categories — but, make no mistake, this is his baby, and he doesn’t want to hand off his child to someone else.

“People know the mythology of the script and know I wrote it in my basement,” he explained. “People are shocked that the show could go on without me. Right now it’s just frustrating.”

As for what’s ahead for Don Draper and Co., Weiner has thoughts about where the tale leads, but he may not get a chance to tell it.

“This is all a very confusing business,” he reiterated. “There’s a strange logic to how things are done. I have every intention of coming back and have lots of stories to tell. I’m not done yet. I can tell you that.”

— Stuart Levine

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  1. Gwen says:

    Anyone else out there? Heeelllllooooooo…(apparent echo)
    Have you got anything for us yet MW? AMC? How ’bout you, Variety? What’s the latest? I know I can’t be the only one sitting on the edge.

  2. Karl J. says:

    Gwen,
    It’s not ours. It’s his. And he deserves to be paid for it. We would not have this show without Mr. Weiner, and neither would Lionsgate. Do a little research and see what he made for the first two seasons. It’s ridiculous. Lionsgate needs to get their heads out of the sand and pay this man.

  3. gwen says:

    Can someone please explain to me why this is happening (I’m not in ‘the business’)? The bottom line. Honestly. Is Weiner asking for the pay because of the success of the show and he needs this ten million to continue to give the fans the perfection that we deserve? Or, is he using the fate of the show to negotiate a deal that will ultimately GUARANTEE to benefit the show and it’s fans? Is this for us Matt, or is this for you personally? Please don’t give us these two years and yank it away for the sake of your ego. If you have something up your sleeve, then I apologize. But be fair. To us, the fans. Who will never forgive you. You may have written this for yourself years ago, but it now belongs to us.

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