AMC, Mad Men Maker Reach Deal

... The stalled contract negotiations that shook television earlier this week are over. Mad Men creator Matthew Wiener and AMC have reached a deal, ensuring that the critics' hit will stay on the air for at least two more seasons. As a compromise to the issues at the heart of the stalemate, the first and last episodes of season 5 will run 47 minutes and the middle episodes will run 45 minutes, and no cast members will be cut. It doesn't look like AMC will get the product placement it wanted, either. Wiener also believes that the series will end after its seventh season, but that would require another contract and we all know what happens when Wiener and AMC get in a room. [LA Times, TV Guide]

... This is almost as shocking as that time my twin brother came to me saying he got my long-lost aunt pregnant with an alien baby! ABC soaps All My Children and One Life to Live are reportedly on the verge of being canceled, continuing the wave of axings for long-running sudsers. Originally, it was thought that only one ABC soap wouldn't come back for another season. In related news, sales of eyepatches have drastically decreased. [TV Guide]

... HBO is bringing back its bi-curious bloodsuckers on June 26 when True Blood returns for its fourth season. July 10 will be the return of Curb Your Enthusiasm, and the final season of Entourage (thank god) will debut July 26 before disappearing in a cloud of douchiness. [Huffington Post]

... Cinemax has picked up a series from Scott brothers Ridley and Tony, about a commander of a paramilitary unit who tracks down a dangerous new breed of bio-enhanced humans. It's described as a combination of Blade Runner, District 9, and my favorite things. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Howie Mandel's Mobbed, a flash mob reality show, aired after American Idol last night and got tons of viewers, so of course it got greenlighted to series. Fox has ordered eight episodes of the show, and will regret that decision one episode from now. [Deadline Hollywood]

... CBS has ordered a game show titled Secret Fortune, which features contestants choosing from 24 envelopes filled with checks of various amounts. As their time in the spotlight progresses, the other envelopes and the checks will be destroyed, leaving the contestant with just one envelope, which could be a dollar or much, much more. Gee, why hasn't anyone thought of a show like this before? [Deadline Hollywood]

... Twentieth Century Fox has expanded its deal with Netflix, adding Sons of Anarchy, Glee, Ally McBeal, The Wonder Years, and more to its Instant Streaming feature. Go watch Sons of Anarchy now, especially season two. It's good. Go on, GO! [MultiChannel]


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Mad Men. Geat news. Looking forward to it.
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True Blood. As much as I like it, isn't it time they ended the show? The only interesting development--the 2000 year vampire-- was written off in season 2. The Scott Brothers show sounds interesting, but I'm a little anxious about the atmosphere of the show. Hope it will be something like Blade runner, not like Chrinicles of Sara or 90210.
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Do I really have to wait until JUNE for True Blood to be back in my life. Say it isn't so!
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People who hate Entourage (Tim) need to get over the fact that Turtle had sex with Meadow Soprano!! Anyway, although I do like the show, it's about time they wrapped things up.// True Blood better get their act together this season. Cuz last season was an orgy of garbage...// And finally, can't wait for Curb in the Apple. It's gonna be pretty, pretty, pretty good!
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netfix sounds cool, and the scott brothers show sound interesting
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Wonder Years on Netflix! YAY!!!
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glad to hear none of the actors will be cut from mad men. the new series from the scott brothers could be pretty good depending on who they get in the cast.
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Well done AMC for owning up to your mistake, glad Mad Men is back on track.
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Awesomeness 2 more seasons of Mad Men, but they should end it there. Cutting the episodes down though sucks it's good to have a show with slightly longer episodes.
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