Cast Options on 'Mad Men' Set to Expire at Month's End -- But Signs Point to a Fifth Season

The options of the cast of "Mad Men" are set to expire at month's end, but Lionsgate intends to exercise the actors' options before the deadline,reports Nellie Andreeva at

Her article points out that indicates the drama will return for a fifth season.

Meanwhile, there may be another long negotiation between AMC, Lionsgate and "Mad Men" creator and showrunner Matthew Weiner, the story notes. During negotiations for Weiner's earlier deal with Lionsgate, negotiations lasted into January and closed days after "Mad Men" won its third consecutive Golden Globe as best drama series, according to the piece.