AMC’s acclaimed ‘Mad Men‘ will run a total of six seasons, meaning the ethically challenged adventures of Don Draper are halfway over.
This news is based on one account from the National Association of Broadcasters convention in Las Vegas, where Weiner reportedly said he could not see continuing the series past a sixth season ending in 2012.
‘Mad Men’ recently began production on Season 4, to premiere this summer. To date, the series has won a pair of Emmys for Outstanding Drama Series and three Golden Globes for same.
What does this end date mean for Don, Betty et al? It means that by series end, they could dip their toe into the 1970s.
Previously, Weiner had spoken of a five-season run that, with lapsed time between cycles, would encompass a total of 10 years. Going six seasons would suggest that ‘Mad Men,’ which started its story in March of 1960, could flirt with the ’70s – though hopefully stop short of giving us Pete and Trudy doing the Hustle.
Check out Matt Weiner and the ‘Mad Men’ cast at a Paley Center discussion: