Mad Men Season 5 Premieres March 25
Given that the fifth season went into production last August, it seemed likely that Mad Men would finally, finally return to our televisions sometime this spring, but until now AMC had kept the official date maddeningly secret. Now the news is out: Mad Men is coming back on Sunday, March 25, presumably in its usual time slot of 10 p.m. (This according to The Film Stage, who heard Jon Hamm break the news on the Doug Loves Movies podcast).
In typical Mad Men fashion, we know absolutely nothing about the upcoming season, beyond the fact that Jon Hamm directed the first episode (and cracked Elisabeth Moss up in the process, based on that photo) and that the episodes will run their full 47 minutes, a change of position after the compromise hammered out between showrunner Matthew Weiner and AMC earlier this year. Part of the reason the show has been gone so long is that Weiner was locked in brutal contract negotiations with the network, and he held firm when the network wanted them to trim the running time in order to fit in more commercials. With the running time back in place, it seems that Weiner might have actually gotten everything he wanted from the network-- unsurprising, given that he's the creator of one of the network's most prestigious, if not highest-rated, shows.
While two more months might feel like an eternity to wait for the return of Don, Joan, Roger, Peggy and company, it's been a full 14 months since the show was last on the air, so another two really won't kill you. If you want to properly celebrate, try this conga line on for size.
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