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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

February 7, 2011 at 1:07 PM

The WGA winners . . . and, more “Mad Men” uncertainty

The Writers Guild Awards were announced over the weekend, but don’t go marking those Oscar nameplates just yet — unlike, say, the Directors Guild, some of the main contenders were ruled ineligible because they weren’t made under Guild agreements. Christopher Nolan’s “Inception” won for best original screenplay (“The King’s Speech,” among others, wasn’t eligible); Aaron Sorkin’s “The Social Network” for best adapted screenplay (“Winter’s Bone,” among others, wasn’t eligible).
On the TV front, “Mad Men” won for best drama series and best episode in a drama series (the wonderful “The Crysanthemum and the Sword,” written by Erin Levy). But the question everyone’s asking me these days — “When is ‘Mad Men’ coming back?” — remains unanswered. Deadline.com reports today that AMC is expected to close a deal with Lionsgate this month, before its option for the show expires. (Cast options were picked up earlier.) Show creator Matthew Weiner does not yet have a contract, and negotiations are going slowly. This is worrisome, if we want to see the show back by summer; stay tuned.

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