What a sad, sad thing that would be. There are rumors circulating around that would make most Hollywood executives weep bitter tears — rumors of cancelling an Emmy-award winning property.
Don Draper has become, ironically, a hipster sex icon. Though he embodies the ideals that they find detestable – capitalism, self-centeredness, and regularly washing – nobody can resist that masculine chin and insane comic timing. Mad Men is a comedy, right? Sorry. I’m thinking of Stella. The series has won numerous awards, is consistently one of the best things on television, and basically sweeps the hearts of critics with their polysyllabic reviews bleating about the inadequacies of other scripted television when faced with the juggernaut that is Mad Men.
But negotiations with the network may bring the beloved series down. According to sources, Weiner is asking for a two-year, 30 million dollar contract. If you need some room for comparison, Ryan Murphy, the man who created Glee, has a four-year, 24 million dollar contract. More comparison? Glee crushes everything else in the ratings. It gives you some perspective.
To cope with the rising costs, the network has asked that Weiner cut two minutes off each episode, incorporate more product placement, and get rid of two actors. He, predictably, has balked.
If Mad Men goes off the air, because some genius couldn’t figure out how to incorporate products into a SHOW ABOUT ADVERTISING, I will punch someone.