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October 30, 2008 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | October 30, 2008 |

The good news, first: “Mad Men“‘s season finale last Sunday pulled down huge ratings. Well, for an AMC show. It scored 2.9 million viewers over three viewings on Sunday, 89 percent better than last year’s season finale. The jump likely had a lot to do with word of mouth, as well as those Emmy wins, though I know people who’ve tried, but could never get into it. It’s a slow-burn, folks. Methodical, layered, and absorbing. I don’t recommend the show for alcoholics, however. “Mad Men” also has the highest concentration of upscale viewers on basic cable. If you’re not watching, then obviously you’re not upscale, you fucking redneck.

The bad news: Despite the success of “Mad Men” and the fact that it’s pretty much put AMC on the map, Deadline Hollywood’s Nikkie Finke — who drinks bottles of scotch laced with thumbtacks for breakfast — is reporting that Lionsgate is looking to replace Mad Men’s motherfucking brilliant showrunner, Matthew Weiner, because they’re not willing to plunk down $10 million a year to keep him. But then again, $10 million is apparently a lot more than the going rate for a basic cable showrunner. That’s David Chase money, and though “Mad Men” is the first basic cable show to garner an Emmy win for best drama, it’s not “The Sopranos” and it’s not HBO.

So, who’s at fault here? CAA, of course. It’s always the fucking agents. Also, Sarah Palin.

And by the by: Can you name a show on television right now with more attractive leads? Jon Hamm, January Jones, John Slattery, and Christina Hendricks, not to mention the slew of mistresses on that show. Good. Night.

And I'm Pissed / Dustin Rowles

Industry | October 30, 2008 |

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