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Matt Weiner Declares Season Six Will Be the End of 'Mad Men'

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 19th 2010 11:06AM
mad_men_don_and_betty_draperIf you recall the way the third season of 'Mad Men' ended, there were a lot of major changes and the prospect of some amazing developments in the seasons ahead. It was really exciting to think of where Matt Weiner would be taking the characters in the course of the next few years.

Well, they're currently shooting season four and in a stunning announcement at the National Association of Broadcasters convention in Las Vegas this past weekend, Weiner declared that 'Mad Men' will wrap with season six. What the creator said, precisely, was that he could not see writing or continuing the program after six seasons. If Weiner was sincere, let's hope that he was just contemplating ending the show before he overstays his welcome.

This would be consistent with 'The Sopranos' situation. Weiner was a writer on 'The Sopranos' and must have had a bird's eye view of what David Chase went through. HBO enjoyed the success of 'The Sopranos' and wanted more. Chase felt pressured to continue the series, even expressing ambivalence about what he wanted to do with the characters. Perhaps Weiner has a specific idea in mind for the future of 'Mad Men' and doesn't want to deviate from the plan?

If that's the case, you have to respect Weiner for his artistic standards. But, on the other hand, when you've created such rich and complex characters like Weiner has with 'Mad Men,' why not allow the show to thrive and develop with other writers picking in the reins. Weiner could still be involved, but others could continue with Don and Betty and Joan and Roger and Peggy and Pete.

Look at how other writers have taken the 'Star Trek' idea -- Gene Roddenberry's creation -- and turned it into a plethora of projects? Sure, 'Mad Men' is more high brow, but still, there are already a bunch of writers finding ideas in the characters that Weiner never envisioned.

Another point is one that I would miss if Weiner follows through with his decision. The idea that 'Mad Men' would take us through the 1960s into the next decade. So far, we're still in 1963. There are seven years left of the decade to be reflected in the lives of these characters, including the entire counter-culture revolution, the women's liberation movement, the Great Society and the Vietnam War. Aren't you interested in how 'Mad Men' would treat all that and more?

So what do you think? Is Matt Weiner serious and is he right to end the show when he wants to and not when the audience has had enough?

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Phil

Oh noooooo!! Every time a great show sones about ( & there are very few ) the plug gets pulled!! With MAD MEN such a hit .... Why does AMC limit it to 13 episodes as the "new " standard !! Yes they're high quality episodes but still !!!!! Anyone recall when a season was 33 episodes?? Perhaps AMC should go with 90 minute episodes & really give fans something to sink their teeth into??? Why does a show have to end when there's a huge fan basis? Sure they can run out of ideas , but bring on the new writers for a breath of fresh air of that happens??! Love Mad Men !! Just venting:-)

April 26 2010 at 3:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dr. Doofus

Wait, no one pointed out 'Mad Man?'

April 19 2010 at 9:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bob

I give the guy a lot of credit for doing this. Lets respect the show for the brilliant piece of art that it is not milk it for everything that it is worth.

If Weiner and his writers are able to continue on the pace they have been for the past 3 seasons I am truly excited to see where this show ends up at the conclusion of season 6. If it finishes as strong as it has started I have no doubt it will end up as one of the greatest shows in history.

April 19 2010 at 3:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tony DIMeo

I think it's brilliant for a show creator to set an end date, the show should not go on without Matt Weiner as the showrunner

April 19 2010 at 3:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
khamel

i think its probably a good idea. if he only has 3 seasons left of material, its better to end on a high note instead of puttering out a final bad season or two.

also, you i'm sure the primary actors would like to do other work after 6 seasons of the shows so it would be terrible to have madmen without don draper or peggy olsen etc.

April 19 2010 at 12:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
malren

End it when the creator says it's over. Anything else turns into a mess. It NEVER works out. And the Star Trek analogy is a false one. It wasn't TOS that was handed over to new writers/show runners, it was simply the name and the universe. New staff created a vision and saw it through. That's not the same as Weiner walking away to hand Mad Men over to someone else.

I say end it when the man says it's over and cherish it as a wonderful project that was not spoiled (hopefully) before ending.

April 19 2010 at 12:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
tv junkie

a show's creator should have the say in when the show ends. it's like a novel, and it's the writer's vision. i think all shows should come with the expiration date if the creators already see the big picture.

April 19 2010 at 12:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joseph

In the first paragraph, it should read "there WERE a lot of major changes".

Seriously, that's basic english...learn it.

April 19 2010 at 11:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
step

I would prefer it ended after six seasons. Dragging a show on past the storylines it has is never a good idea. Quality, not quantity.

April 19 2010 at 11:10 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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