How Long Does Jon Hamm Put up with This?

Wednesday links:

It’s official — Mad Men isn’t coming back til next year. This should surprise exactly no one, it was the worst-kept secret of the last few weeks. The problem with this won’t have anything to do with the quality of the show next season or how the product is delivered overall. The problem is what it says about the far-off future of the show, and how all short-season shows could be viewed by the acting public. Stick with me here:

how long would you put up with this crap? probably not as long as jon hamm is.

how long would you put up with this crap? probably not as long as jon hamm is.

Say you’re Jon Hamm. You’re unknown, but Mad Men vaults you to stardom. You have projects being thrown at you like dollars thrown at the hottest stripper in the club. You have to turn some down because of Mad Men, but for the most part, you can take what you want because it only takes about three months to shoot and prepare for Mad Men. That leaves nine months for movies, so you’re able to make cool stuff like 30 Rock, The Town and … Sucker Punch? OK, well, it’s not all awesome.

Anyway, your agent keeps telling you to bail from Mad Men, that it would free up more time for movie paychecks. You’re pretty loyal though, and these people gave you a shot when no one else would. So you stay. And in the process, you turn down two $2 million-paycheck movie roles (I don’t know that, I’m just saying for argument’s sake) because one shoots in March and the other shoots in June. You’re under the impression both would conflict with the 2011 Mad Men shooting. After all, for four years, you’ve shot the show from April to July, right? Instead, you accept two other $2 million paychecks, one that shoots in August, another one that shoots in November. After all, that’s when you’ve been off for the last four years, right?

Now you’re being told, “Sorry Jon. We’re not shooting in April to July — we’re shooting from August to November. You can’t make those two movies you agreed to make. Our bad.” Because the studio, showrunner and network couldn’t get on the same page, you’re out $4 million. Then you realize if the show never came into your thinking, you’re out $8 million. None of the problems with the show — repeat, none of it— happened as a direct result of anything you did. Because three other entities were hardballing, you lost $8 million. $8 million.

If you’re Jon Hamm, exactly how long do you put up with this BS before you pull an Irsay and pack up and leave in the middle of the night? My guess is not much longer. There’s a chance that none of this ever happened, that I’m read waaaaayyyyyyy too much into this. But what if it did? Mad Men does not exist without Jon Hamm and if these kinds of things push him out the door, Weiner, Lionsgate and AMC have no one to blame but themselves.

OK, back to the links.

worth watching, even if it's keeping him from being the next sabre scranton boss

worth watching, even if it's keeping him from being the next sabre scranton boss

Well whaddya know, it could be much easier than Mad Men! Just ask Justified, which still is in the process of completing its second season, and FX has decided to re-up for a third year. See how easy??? Didn’t seem like there was much doubt it would happen. FX should be clinging to anything with a pulse right now, and Justified is exactly what it needs — a very good show with good ratings. That means the network has four returning shows that will air during the 2011-12 season, and one of them is The League. Blech.

In case there was any remaining chance whatsoever of Timothy Olyphant taking over for Steve Carell as the boss at Sabre Scranton, Justified’s renewal should end that talk. It was an outside shot, but he was such a strange inclusion in the first half of of this season of The Office that it seemed like there was something being set up for the future. Too bad. And if you still think Will Ferrell is going to be the new boss in Scranton, then I’ve got some Charlie Sheen stock to sell you.

Congratulations, Hollywood, you’ve sunk to a new low. Not only have you chosen to remake franchises that are only a couple years off from being on the big screen, but now you’re even talking about rebooting franchises that haven’t even finished yet. Bravo! You’ve found yet another way to steal our money without coming up with an original idea. Hopefully any reboot of the Batman franchise will just be a continuation of the franchise with a completely new cast, not another origin story that we’ve already seen and read. Multiple times. But this looks like the way these types of movies might be made in the future, copying off the new Spider-Man model. Most actors and directors are signed for a movie and two sequels, and after that they need to re-negotiate the contract. By then, getting rid of the actors could cost the studio millions in box office because we couldn’t envision our favorite movie franchise without our favorite actor. The actors know this and flaunt it. Studios don’t like it not too much when actors hold leverage. Viola! Now we have the studio’s answer: We don’t need you people.

still plenty of stories to be told in the x-men universe

still plenty of stories to be told in the x-men universe

Want more proof? Here come the X-Men. Look what happened with the franchise. They got three movies and stopped because it would have been crazy expensive to get people like Halle Berry, Ian McKellen and even Patrick Stewart to sign up for more. But they wanted to get another movie out of the franchise so they went to Hugh Jackman and had to make him an executive producer on the Wolverine spin-off, therefore giving him a big cut of the profits. That made him an actor with leverage — we already discussed how studios don’t like that one eff. So now they’re going back to the well with what is bound to be a whole new cast because getting Ellen Page to come back and play Kitty Pride would be impossible, Halle Berry won’t even return the call without a cash payment and they killed off Patrick Stewart and James Marsden just in case. Now that they’ve waited so long to do a sequel, they’ve got the perfect excuse. “Well, fans, it’s been five years, we had to get new actors. They were all too old for the parts. Sorry.” And we’ll swallow it whole, when in reality, it’s because no one wanted to pony up. Wanna know what’s even worse? I know all this, just explained it logically, I should be hitting Twitter to start some kind of campaign against these sequels. Instead, I’ll admit right now that despite my objections, I’ll be first in line because I love all four X-Men movies. And yes, that includes Wolverine.

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