Jon Hamm, Mad Men

The fate of AMC's Mad Men has been a bit dicey these days, but fans can rest assured it will most definitely return for its third season — with or without creator/executive producer Matthew Weiner.

The series, which centers on the high-powered world of advertising during the 1960s, will return this summer despite the prolonged contract negotiations between Lionsgate TV and Weiner, according to Variety.

"As long as we get the writers' room up and running over the next few months, we're fine [for a summer launch]," said AMC president Charlie Collier during their Television Critics Association panel on Thursday. The network head added that he is very optimistic the negotiations with Weiner will be settled soon.

The Season 3 premiere of Mad Men is scheduled to lead into the launch of The Prisoner, a six-part series remake of the classic '60s British drama of the same name.