Lionsgate deal ends strike for two shows

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There are high times coming for the cast and crew of Weeds and Mad Men. The two shows' production company, Lionsgate, late yesterday signed an interim deal with the Writers Guild of America, effectively ending the strike for all its productions.

This is particularly good news for Mad Men, which can now resume work on the follow-up to its Golden Globe-winning and critically acclaimed debut season. The show's second season was due to begin this June before complications from the strike halted progress.

Back in November, Showtime asked Weeds to roll up a fourth season for the network, and now scriptwriting on it can begin whenever the writers are ready. Weeds typically begins airing in August.

Also signing a deal with the WGA was Marvel Entertainment, which can resume production on several films, including Thor, Ant Man, The Avengers, and Captain America.

The terms of the agreements were not disclosed, and no announcements on when the shows would go back to work were detailed. Lionsgate and Marvel join several other smaller studios in reaching deals with the WGA, including The Weinstein Company, United Artists, Worldwide Pants, Spyglass Entertainment, MRC, Jackson Bites, Mandate Films, and Sidney Kimmel Entertainment.

For more on the writers' strike, check out TV.com's Strike Source, featuring up-to-date statuses on shows, the latest information, and more.

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