“Mad Men,” “True Blood” on key contract extensions


By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Good news for supporters of quality television. Two programs routinely cranking out solid episodes either are negotiating for new season or have inked deals for future episodes.

Let’s start with the done deal. Jon Hamm has signed a three-year deal to stay with “Mad Men,” meaning that the AMC period drama will have Don Draper through the series’ entire run, THR confirms. Fans immediately started speculating what Draper would be like in the 1970s. The show currently is in preproduction on season five.

This morning, the trade also reports that “True Blood” showrunner Alan Ball is “in talks” to return for a fifth season as HBO launches the vampire drama’s fourth season.

“Right now I’m in the middle of negotiating for a fifth season,” Ball told THR. “I don’t know if I have any left in me after that. We’ll see.”

At the same time, Ball said the show could continue without him and possibly could run 13 seasons with the stories they have left to tell.

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