According to Deadline, Lionsgate TV is trying to lock down key cast members of AMC’s hit show Mad Men. After signing a very appealing, three year, eight figure deal with star Jon Hamm, the network is now talking business with some of the show’s other stars: January Jones, Vincent Kartheiser, Elisabeth Moss and Christina Hendricks.
Lionsgate has apparently reached agreements with Jones, Moss and Kartheiser for two more seasons, which would take them right through to the end of season seven. All three will be receiving significant salary bumps and Deadline tells us that they will earn “well into” the six figure area per episode.
Finally, Hendricks is also looking to sign a new deal and while she too wants a boost in her pay, the deal is still being negotiated and no agreement has been reached as of yet. Though, considering she’s a pretty important part of the show, I don’t think she’ll be going anywhere anytime soon.
So, it looks like all is well in the world of Mad Men. AMC’s flagship show will continue its dominant run for two more seasons, unless creator Matthew Weiner decides to extend it, which I don’t think he will as he’s already said that season seven is the last.
Despite being five seasons old, Mad Men is still one of the best shows on television, if not the best, and I fully expect it to hold that title through seasons six and seven, especially now that all the main cast members are locked in.