AMC’s “Mad Men” is locking in deals with its principal stars to keep them on the show until the end.
That’s the word from this story on the Deadline.com Web site.
The story says Elisabeth Moss (who plays Peggy Olson), Vincent Kartheiser (Pete Campbell) and January Jones (Betty Francis) are “finalizing” deals to stay with the show through seasons six and seven, which is supposed to be the revered series’ final season.
Christina Hendricks, who plays Joan Harris on the show, is said to be also in negotiations. All four stars are seeking pay hikes that will earn them six-figure salaries per episode of the acclaimed drama about a 1960s ad agency in Manhattan.
The story notes that series star Jon Hamm, who plays Don Draper, is already committed to the final two seasons under an “eight-figure” deal.
“Mad Men” just finished its fifth season earlier this summer, which means it will end its run after its seventh season in 2014, if all goes according to plan.
The signing of Moss to a two-season deal comes as especially good news to those who feared we’d be seeing less of Peggy now that she’s taken a job with a rival ad agency (she quit Sterling Cooper Draper & Pryce this past season).