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'Mad Men' stars nearing two-year deals

Posted by Glenn Yoder  August 2, 2012 01:31 PM

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From left: Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser, January Jones, and Christina Hendricks.

The next two, apparently final, seasons of "Mad Men" are shaping up, as castmembers Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser, and January Jones have reportedly agreed to two-year deals, while Christina Hendricks is still negotiating, according to Deadline. E! is also confirming the news, though the actors have not made official statements.

Series star Jon Hamm, who plays Don Draper, signed a three-year pact before this past season, which included a sizable raise, for $250,000 per episode, reports The Deadline report states that "Jones, Moss, and Kartheiser are poised to receive significant salary bumps well into six figures per episode."

The contract for Moss should quell concerns about her feisty copywriter Peggy Olson exiting the show after the character left the ad agency this season. Similarly, it means we'll be seeing Kartheiser's smug Pete Campbell in both seasons after some viewers began to predict his character was headed toward a life-threatening meltdown. Meanwhile, Jones will return as Draper's ex-wife Betty Francis, while Hendricks is working on a deal to resume her role as curvy office manager-turned-junior partner Joan Holloway.

These contracts would keep most of the show's core wrapped up through its seventh season, which series creator Matthew Weiner says will be its last. There's a lot to cover over the next two seasons, as Weiner has told reporters he plans to end "Mad Men" in the present day.

But with production on the sixth season set to begin in October, several other key castmembers remain unsigned, most notably Newton native John Slattery, who plays the agency's co-namesake Roger Sterling and provides the show's primary comic relief.

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