Those who were waiting for the season premiere of AMC’s Mad Men later this year will have to wait for season 5 until this time in 2012. Matthew Weiner — the creator, executive producer and show runner for the series — is fighting with the network that he helped put on the map, thanks in part to his hit drama series. Weiner is appropriately outraged with the network, saying that waiting nearly a year from the time it was supposed to air this year is an outrage.
Apparently, the network wanted him to cut a few minutes of the hour-long drama in place for more advertising opportunities and cutting two cast members due to “financial reasons”. AMC released the statement yesterday: “AMC has officially authorised production of season five of Mad Men, triggering our option with Lionsgate. 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.”