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‘Mad Men’ Creator/Showrunner Says Negotiations With AMC Were So Maddening That at One Point He Actually Quit

Mar 8, 2012  •  Post A Comment

"Mad Men" creator Matthew Weiner tells The New York Times that he quit during negotiations with AMC over a fifth season for the period drama.

"I quit. I had come to terms with the fact that it was over. And I always end every season like it’s the end of the show. So, yeah. There was a terror in me that someone else would come in and do it," Weiner said when asked whether he was concerned the program wouldn’t have a fifth season.

Asked to clarify, Weiner noted, "Yes, I quit, at the negotiation. During the negotiation. And in the end, everything worked out," according to the story.

In two weeks, the show will return for its fifth season on AMC after a 17-month break since its previous season, the story notes. Asked whether there’s a theme for the next season, Weiner noted, "There’s a line in Episode 3, which is Week 2, where somebody says: ‘When is everything going to get back to normal?’ Who hasn’t felt that right this minute? And that is a lot of what the season is about."

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