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TV Junkie: AMC to Give 'Mad Men' Creator the Boot? Err, Wingtip?
Just read this post at Nikki Finke's "Deadline Hollywood Daily" about AMC potentially giving "Mad Men" creator, Matt Weiner, the boot. This would be a terrible tragedy for the series and network but it appears that Weiner's representation, CAA, overstepped and demanded too much money from the basic cable channel - essentially demanding compensation more in line with what a HBO or Showtime might be able to afford.
The hope is that clearer heads will prevail and that this great show can continue with the opportunity for more shows like it in the future. It's been a real treat to get a show of the caliber of "Mad Men", on basic cable and now the third season extension that AMC was eager for just two weeks ago is in jeopardy. Is this a good thing or bad thing for Weiner? He would be out after winning a bunch of Emmys and the show would most likely decline in quality without him. Is there enough of the 1960s to be recycled through the greedy and self-destructive eyes of our boys from Madison Avenue for us to want to watch it? After last Sunday's excellent finale, there's at least one more good season left..... if Weiner is still there.
The TV Junkie Plan: "Message from Barack" (what is it?), "MythBusters", "Sons of Anarchy", Letterman (Alec Baldwin! Paul Mooney!), Ferguson (the New York Dolls!)
8:00pm Message from Barack Obama CBS, NBC, FOX - A paid-for political address from Presidential candidate Barack Obama.
8:00pm Pushing Daisies ABC - A mysterious man shows up at the diner and claims to be an old friend of Ned's father.
8:30pm The New Adventures of Old Christine CBS - Christine goes to extremes when Ritchie stops telling her he loves her.
9:00pm MythBusters Discovery - Adam and Jamie test an Indiana Jones myth; Kari, Grant and Tori try to break out of prison.
10:00pm Sons of Anarchy FX - SAMCRO plans retaliation on a rival biker club while dealing with wounded Cameron Hayes in the clubhouse
10:00pm The Real World/Road Rules Challenge MTV - Season Finale
10:00pm Top Design Bravo - Down to the final four designers.
10:30pm Chocolate News Comedy Central - The Denegrofication Institute; Fat Black Mama Syndrome; political roundtable argues that McCain's prison time does not qualify him for the presidency
11:00pm The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Comedy Central - Barack Obama
11:35pm The Late Show With David Letterman CBS - Actor Alec Baldwin; comic Paul Mooney; Ryan Adams performs with the Cardinals
11:35pm The Tonight Show With Jay Leno NBC - Actress Sarah Silverman; the Kooks perform.
12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - Actor Ben Stein; actress Parminder Nagra; the New York Dolls perform.
12:35am Late Night With Conan O'Brien NBC - Actor Tracy Morgan; actress Paget Brewster; the Last Shadow Puppets.
Pic of Jon Hamm as Don Draper in "Mad Men" via AMC