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Ugh. It's looking like no Don Draper this summer:


Production would normally start around this time for the next season of "Mad Men," but AMC has not announced a new deal with the studio that makes the show, Lionsgate, nor has that studio announced a new deal with Matthew Weiner, the series's acclaimed creator. 

Mr. Weiner has said he wants the show to continue, and AMC has pledged that it will definitely return, so the delay is largely due to a disagreement about money. As Mr. Weiner told Entertainment Weekly in January, apparently referring to AMC and Lionsgate, "They are fighting over a very lucrative property, and who is going to pay for it to get made; it's one of the biggest perils of success -- everyone wants a piece of it now, and they are fighting over who is gonna get the biggest chunk."

It's funny how that works. It's tempting to mock HBO for turning the show down. But I'm not sure you can really know what will work. Moreover, I'm sort of glad Mad Men isn't on HBO. All that means to me is more graphic sex scenes and more violence.
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Born in 1975, the product of two beautiful parents. Raised in West Baltimore -- not quite The Wire, but sometimes ill all the same. Studied at the Mecca for some years in the mid-'90s. Emerged with a purpose, if not a degree. Slowly migrated up the East Coast with a baby and my beloved, until I reached the shores of Harlem. Wrote some stuff along the way.

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