It's hard to love Mad Men's Harry Crane lately, but it's very easy to love Rich Sommer, the actor who plays him. In a blog post titled "Major Clarification," Sommer clarified an earlier tweet:
Hoo boy. Sometimes I forget about the Internet.
What I tweeted:
“I have no idea if there will be a season 5 of MM. I am operating under the assumption that there won’t be, until I hear otherwise.”
What I meant:
I am aware that all parties involved are currently negotiating the next season of Mad Men and beyond. Nothing official has been stated yet as far as a pickup, although it is a safe bet — very safe bet — that the show will return in its usual fashion.
That being said, as an actor who used to be unemployed a lot, and as a father of two, I choose to operate under certain pretenses, until I hear otherwise. Meaning: until I get my official pickup, I am squirreling away money and seeing a shrink to help me cope with being in this business. I will return to calm when we get the official word.
In the future, I will try to remain a bit more clear on statements like this. I did not intend to start the shit storm I’ve clearly started, and I did not intend to ruin anyone’s day, fans and coworkers alike.
That is all. Retreating to my hole now. Goodbye.
I think Sommer's approach is very reasonable, even though I agree it's a safe bet Mad Men returns. Over the summer it was reported that Lionsgate and AMC were in negotiations for a two-season renewal.
Perhaps AMC was waiting to see how The Walking Dead performed to get a little bit of negotiating leverage. If so, they got it. While AMC might benefit from continuing to air Mad Men despite relatively tiny ratings, any notions of "You're nothing without Mad Men (and Breaking Bad)!" are out the window as The Walking Dead has hit the ball out of the park for AMC.