Last spring, I was asked to contribute to the comedy website, HAHAJK.com. (If you’re not familiar with the site, part of what it does it take true news stories, adds a few phony facts, and made-up quotes in an attempt for a laugh.) Now, I don’t claim to be a comedian, but it sounded like fun. So under the pseudonym, “Mick O’Toole,” I accepted the offer.
One of the earliest stories I wrote was about the drama between Mad Men creator Matthews Weiner, Lionsgate TV and AMC. Unfortunately, there was a… well, a miscommunication and my story was never posted.
With the show’s return Sunday, I thought I’d take the opportunity to share the “long-lost” story. Enjoy!
“Mad Men” Delay Angers Men (And Women)
By Mick O’Toole
Hollywood – Fans of “Mad Men” may soon be drowning their sorrows in Moscow Mules, White Russians and other alcoholic concoctions that have known communist ties following the news that the three-time Emmy-winner will be pushed back to sometime early next year.
Reportedly, the hiatus is the result of an ongoing dispute among series creator/producer Matthew Weiner and AMC and Lionsgate TV. A source with knowledge of the negotiations told HAHAJK.com that AMC offered Weiner a three-season deal, worth $30 million. However, he’s miffed about the channel’s plans to cut cast budgets, add commercial time by shortening the episodes, and insert more product placements.
“Of course the show has always integrated today’s consumer products that were also used in the 1960s. Those packs of Camels helped give the show real credibility, not to mention they made everyone look smart and sexy,” said one of the show’s writers on the condition of anonymity. “But now the man says we’ve got to add these product placements that would threaten the accuracy of the show. I mean, how do you work a Shake Weight into a show that takes place 40 years ago? Huh? And tell me, how the hell are we supposed creatively work in a storyline about Bertram Cooper using ExtenZe male enhancement pills?
“Matthew [Weiner] isn’t the only one whose blood is rushing. A few of us are just about ready to explode.”
The show’s future has been uncertain since Weiner’s contract expired in October, following the fourth season. And despite conflicts with both Weiner and Lionsgate TV, AMC has maintained that the show will continue.
Now, it looks like some of the parties are making headway. Reports on Tuesday stated that AMC gave the go-ahead to Lionsgate TV to produce season five, although it won’t be for summer 2011.
“Um. Okay. AMC needs to realize that before “Mad Men,” they were only known as a cable channel that aired “A Few Good Men” three times a week,” said Martin Hug, a fan of the show who boasts the second-most attended “Mad Men” viewing parties in his apartment building. “I’m so glad [Weiner] is standing up and being firm in his beliefs. AMC should be bending over [backwards] for him so we can have our show back. Heaven knows I can’t go back to hosting ‘Desperate Housewives’ parties.”
Other HAHAJK.com stories by Mick O’Toole:
Google Reminds Topeka That It’s Still Just Topeka
Adult Batman Impersonator Arrested
Police Brutality or Future Hockey Star?
America’s New Enemy: The Hampton Inn