EXCLUSIVE: As AMC’s flagship series Mad Men gears up to start production in October on its sixth season, series’ producer Lionsgate TV is working on locking down the period drama’s key cast members January Jones, Vincent Kartheiser, Elisabeth Moss and Christina Hendricks. Star Jon Hamm last year signed a rich, three-year, eight-figure deal that will keep him on Mad Men through the seventh and likely final season of Matthew Winer’s Emmy-winning drama.
Now I hear January Jones, Elisabeth Moss and Vincent Kartheiser have reached agreements with Lionsgate to continue on the series for two more seasons: Season 6 and 7. (In a recent interview, Weiner suggested that we will be seeing more of Moss’ character on the show.) When all i’s are dotted and t’s are crossed on the deals, one of which is still being finalized, I hear Jones, Moss and Kartheiser are poised to receive significant salary bumps well into six figures per episode. I hear Hendricks is also looking at a similarly big pay hike but her new deal is still being negotiated.
In a move that may shake up the lead drama actress Emmy field this year, for the first time since the launch of Mad Men, co-stars Elisabeth Moss and January Jones will go head to head at the Emmys by … Read More »
It looks like we’re in for another round of drawn-out Mad Men negotiations between AMC and Lionsgate TV and between Lionsgate and series creator/showrunner Matthew Weiner. And while talks on both fronts are underway, another deadline is looming – … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: 20th Century Fox has rounded out the cast of X-Men: First Class, and the big surprise is that Mad Men star January Jones has been signed to play the role of Emma Frost, the gorgeous mutant with telepathic powers. At the same time, director Matthew Vaughn has set Zoe Kravitz to play Angel; Salvadore; Jason Flemyng will play Azazel, the father of Nightcrawler; Bill Milner to play the young version of Magneto (Michael Fassbender), and Morgan Lily to play the Young Raven. They join Fassbender, James McAvoy (Xavier), Nicholas Hoult (Beast) Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), Caleb Landry Jones (Banshee), Lucas Till (Havoc), Edi Gathegi (Darwin), who round out the mutant contingent. Kevin Bacon is playing the villain, Rose Byrne will play McAvoy’s love interest Moira MacTaggert, and Oliver Platt is playing The Man in Black. Production begins August 23 in London.
UTA client Jones, who plays Mad Men‘s Betty Francis — the recently divorced wife of Don Draper (Jon Hamm) — will emerge from that 1960s setting to play Emma Frost, the mutant also known as the White Queen. While speculative reports had Alice Eve playing that role, no deal was concluded. Mad Men wraps its fourth season in early September, and she will be able to jump right into the role. Jones received her first Emmy nomination for Lead Actress in a Drama, for Mad Men.
Kravitz (the daughter of singer and Precious star Lenny Kravitz) is set to star in the upcoming George Miller-directed Mad Max: Fury Road; Flemyng most recently starred in Kick-Ass, Milner is best known from Son of Rambow Read More »
Ray Richmond is contributing to Deadline’s 2010 Emmy coverage. Here’s his scorecard assessing the Outstanding Lead Drama Series Actress race:
GLENN CLOSE, DAMAGES
Why She Got Nominated: If the TV Academy voters hadn’t nominated Glenn Close in this race, they might as well have called off the Emmys. She’s still the gold standard for … Read More »