Image Credit: Carin Baer/AMCJanuary Jones wants the hand-wringing to end. Speaking exclusively to EW while attending the Unknown premiere in Los Angeles Wednesday, the Mad Men star said “people should relax” about the ongoing negotiations between Lionsgate and AMC over the future of the drama. The Emmy-winning series will return for a fifth season but financial issues still remain between the two companies; creator Matthew Weiner also needs to ink a new contract.
“I don’t have any updates as of now. I still have not heard a date we need to be back to the set. But it will come back,” said the actress, who’s co-starring in the actioner opposite Liam Neeson that opens tomorrow. “We just don’t know when. But we usually shoot in spring and summer and it is only February so people should relax. I think it will all get worked out because no one wants to see the show end yet, not the studios or the network or the creator or the actors. I think they just like the drama. They like the build up. It’s like Brett Favre. It was always will he or won’t he retire or play again, and that’s how all this Mad Men talk is starting to feel.”
Weiner told EW in January that he’s not looking for a new job. “I have every intention of making the show when they decide to work out their business with Lionsgate,” he said. “I can’t wait to come back to work. I have said over and over in public that I want the show to go on and on and on until it has worn out its welcome with viewers and we can’t think of anything more for the characters to do.”
As for Jones’ career away from the period drama, “I just wrapped X-Men: First Class so now I need a vacation.” Just try to keep it short, ‘kay Betty? — With additional reporting from Carrie Bell