Are the misadventures of Don Draper halfway over?
Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner reportedly told members of the National Association of Broadcasters that he couldn't envision writing the AMC drama beyond a sixth season, according to fansite TheWeeklyBlend.com. The report created a firestorm of Internet speculation that the show's end was in sight.
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AMC's response? "No one wants to see Don Draper wearing a leisure suit," the network said in a statement. "We trust Matthew's vision and that he knows where to take the show. But with that said, M*A*S*H figured out how to stretch the Korean War for more than a decade, so stay tuned!"
Weiner has commented on the show's lifespan before: In 2008, he said that he saw the series as a five-season show that spanned all of the 1960s.
A source close to the production told TVGuide.com that everyone involved will try to continue the show as long as the story warrants it.
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"Matthew will write the show for as long as there's a good story to tell. And that could go on for two seasons or 10," the source said. "Everyone involved with Mad Men has a vested interest in maintaining the integrity of the storytelling."
For now, AMC has only ordered a fourth season, which began production last week and is slated to premiere in the summer. The show has won two consecutive Emmys and three straight Golden Globes for best drama series.
Should AMC set an end date for Mad Men? And how many seasons is enough to tell the stories of Draper & Co.?