(NEW YORK) -- The fifth season of the Emmy-winning series Mad Men won't premiere until 2012, AMC revealed Tuesday.
The cable network released a statement saying the show will be bumped back "due to ongoing, key non-cast negotiations." The "non-cast" refers most likely applies to the show's creator and executive producer, Matthew Weiner, who's reportedly been negotiating a new deal with Lionsgate, the studio that produces the hit drama.
Historically, Mad Men shoots in April and May, with new season premieres taking place in late summer or early autumn.
Deadline.com, however, paints a bleaker picture of Mad Men's future, reporting that AMC and Lionsgate has asked Weiner to either fire or reduce the roles of two cast members as a cost-cutting move, slash each episode's run time by two minutes to make room for more commercials, and incorporate more product placement into the show. Weiner reportedly is resisting all three requests. It's unclear which cast members would potentially be on the chopping block.
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