- $30 million for Mad Men creator Matt Weiner in new deal source
» Patching things up: Weiner and AMC had been butting heads over some rather unglamorous specifics of the award-winning show, the sorts of arguments that chill the blood of television fans. AMC had wanted to reduce the production budget by shaving two minutes off the running time of each episode, as well as killing off characters to save on the actor’s pay, which is a pretty brazen demand to make in an artistic sense. As the compromise stands, all but the first and last episode will be two minutes shorter, but character deaths won’t be mandated by management.
Hooray for compromise — I’m sure they could shave a few seconds off each panning shot, and we wouldn’t even notice the missing two minutes. (Just kidding, those panning shots are the essence of Mad Men).
Kiernan Shipka (Sally Draper)
I saw this in the “kids of Hollywood” feature in Entertainment Weekly and so meant to Tumble it! That story made me actually like Kiernan—a huge departure from how I’ve felt about her through the four seasons of Mad Men.
I actually think Kiernan/Sally has been one of the best surprises of Mad Men, and as her character grows into its own, I think we’ll continue to see new, if maddening, developments from young Sally’s struggles with the 60s.Tweet