No surprise at all, but Mad Men Broadcasting & Cable (and others) is reporting AMC has exercised the option to pick up Mad Men for a third season.
What's up in the air is series creator Matthew Weiner, who doesn't yet have a new contract with production company Lionsgate. While Mad Men isn't a ratings beast, for AMC it has performed well, averaging 1.5 million viewers so far this season and, of course, it got the Emmy for best drama series. During season one, Mad Men averaged 900,000 viewers.
As a fan of the show I've found it somewhat up and down this season. Last Sunday's episode as a separate artsy piece was fine and specifically the LA/Palm Springs scenes were nicely done. But as part of a continuing series I found myself asking, "Uh, where the hell are they going with this?" Hopefully the dots will get connected for me later this month by the season finale.