No surprise that AMC renewed its flagship series "Mad Men" for a fourth season only three episodes into the third year of the show. With ratings double those of last year and with "Mad Men" attracting the most upscale audience on basic cable, this period piece has proven to be a winner for AMC.
Add in the bragging rights of airing an Emmy-winning series and this deal makes even more sense. Last year, "Mad Men" took home six Emmy Awards, including wins for best drama series and best writing for show creator Matthew Weiner. This year, it earned 16 more nominations, including best drama series and acting nods for leads Jon Hamm and Elisabeth Moss and supporting player John Slattery. "Mad Men" also reaped four bids in the writing category, with Weiner sharing credit all all those scripts.
Lionsgate inked a deal with Matthew Weiner back in January securing his services for the next two years. Today, Kevin Beggs, the president of Lionsgate's TV division, said, "'Mad Men' continues to surpass all expectations with each new season and the series has become a signature show for Lionsgate around the world." And Charlie Collier, president and general manager of AMC, added, "With this early fourth season renewal, we're excited to let our audience know the captivating world of Sterling Cooper will be back on AMC again next year."