There are still two years left until the critically acclaimed series Mad Men bows off our screens, but the end is already in sight. Matthew Weiner recently confirmed that the seventh season of the series would happening, and some of the show's stars are negotiating contracts to reflect that.
Weiner and star Jon Hamm (who plays protagonist Don Draper) have already signed on for the show's two remaining seasons, and now other actors are following suit. January Jones, Vincent Kartheiser, and Elsabeth Moss are reportedly nearing deals for seasons 6 and 7, while Christina Hendricks is negotiating a deal of her own as well, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
So this means that we'll be seeing Betty Francis, Pete Campbell, and Peggy Olsen for the remainder of the show's run. It will be interesting to see whether January Jones' role increases in importance now that she's no longer pregnant, as it will to see what sort of continuing presence Elisabeth Moss has on the series, considering her character's departure from the then-Sterling-Cooper-Draper-Pryce near the end of the show's fifth season.
It's unclear why Hendricks is mentioned separately in the report, but there's no indication that her contract will be any different from her co-stars as of yet.
No news on any contract negotiations for other stars such as Jessica Pare, John Slattery, Aaron Staton, Rich Sommer, Kiernan Shipka, Christopher Stanley, Jay R. Ferguson, and Robert Morse. No word yet whether Ben Feldman will return as memorable recurring character Michael Ginsberg (but we're betting that he will).
What do you think? Are you excited to see things being nailed down for Mad Men's seventh and final season?
Mad Men season 6 will premiere sometime in 2013.