My fellow Mad Men heads, our long national nightmare is over. Series creator Matthew Weiner has inked a deal with Amazon, marking his return to TV with a mysterious new series. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the untitled series is a "contemporary anthology" set in multiple locations.
The deal was reached after some reportedly "competitive" negations involving a total of six outlets, with Weiner ultimately scoring an estimated $70 million co-financing commitment from Amazon and the Weinstein Company. Amazon is clearly confident with the series, which Weiner created, and has given it a straight-to-series order of eight episodes. Weiner will also write and direct multiple episodes, including at least half of the first season.
In previous interviews surrounding the end of Mad Men's critically adored seven-season run, Weiner expressed hesitance at jumping into the streaming platform pool. Speaking with writer A.M. Homes at the New York Public Library in May of 2015, Weiner asserted practically zero interest in making binge-inspiring TV. "I would try to convince them to let me roll them out so at least there was just some shared experience," Weiner said, according to THR. "I love the waiting; I love the marination."
Earlier this year, Weiner flexed his post-Mad Men directing skills with an episode of Netflix's Orange Is the New Black. That episode, entitled "The Animals," stands as one of Orange Is the New Black's strongest (and darkest) entries yet. Still clamoring for a Mad Men spin-off instead? Stop. Please. That's just not going to happen.