Entries in Matthew Weiner (2)


'Sons of Anarchy' Creator Quits Twitter Following Rant

Brian To/FilmMagic/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Kurt Sutter, the outspoken creator of the FX drama Sons of Anarchy, knows when it's time to stop tweeting. He's shut down his Twitter account after he claimed on the site last week that Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner was responsible for the recent firing of The Walking Dead showrunner Frank Darabont. In reference to Weiner's lengthy talks with AMC earlier this year for a new Mad Men deal, Sutter tweeted, "why darabont got fired - weiner. he held AMC hostage, broke their bank, budgets were slashed." Darabont oversaw production of AMC's The Walking Dead.

On his website, Sutter explained his decision to quit Twitter, writing, "I'm a guy desperately in need of buffers.  I have big feelings, big reactions, big emotions." Last month, he took to Twitter to complain that his show had not been nominated for an Emmy.

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'Mad Men' Returning for at Least Two More Seasons Under New Deal

Lionsgate(NEW YORK) -- It's a done deal: Mad Men will return to AMC for not one, but two more seasons.

AMC and studio Lionsgate announced Thursday that it has reached an agreement that will ensure that the Emmy-winning drama, starring Jon Hamm as ad exec Don Draper, will air a fifth and sixth season with series creator Matthew Weiner remaining at the helm.  The fifth season won't debut until next year.

Under a new long-term deal that The Wall Street Journal reports will pay him close to $10 million per season, Weiner could also return for a seventh season.  The downside is that Weiner says the seventh season will likely be the show's last.

In a statement, Weiner thanked the fans for their support, adding, "I also want to thank AMC and Lionsgate for agreeing to support the artistic freedom of myself, the cast and the crew so that we can continue to make the show exactly as we have from the beginning.  I'm excited to get started on the next chapter of our story."

There were rumors earlier this week that AMC and Lionsgate wanted Weiner to downsize the cast to cut costs, as well as cut a few minutes from the show to allow for more commercials.  The Wall Street Journal reports that under the new deal, the season premieres and finales of Mad Men will remain at their present length of 47 minutes, but AMC reserves the right to air mid-season episodes at 45 minutes, though Weiner says full 47- and 48-minute versions will be available digitally after their initial broadcast.

The Journal also reports AMC dropped its demand that Weiner cut cast members from the show.

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