Hoosier205... A serious question for you since you are defending AMC and think it is horrible for Dish to take them off the air because of all the award-winning programming.
So... how do you explain why AMC argued with Mad Men to the point of skipping a whole year of production and airing of that award-winning show?
I would argue that it is monumentally more of a mistake for AMC to screw with their own golden goose like that than it was for Dish to let AMC take a hike.
Serious answer on that from you?
In case you are unaware, here are some snippets from an excellent article from March of 2011 regarding AMC putting the squeeze on Mad Men and why it wasn't on last year:
"...the three-time Emmy Award-winning drama, will not return to television until sometime early next year, AMC confirmed on Tuesday, because of a deepening dispute with the show’s creator, Matthew Weiner.
"...Mr. Weiner is bristling at the channel’s proposal to shorten each episode by two minutes (to add commercial time) and to cut the cast budget (to save money).
"Mr. Weiner would not talk about the specific proposals. But another person with knowledge of the negotiations said AMC had also demanded additional product placement in the episodes.
"Mr. Weiner has clashed with AMC in the past. Two years ago, during his last contract negotiation, the channel similarly tried to add two minutes of commercial time...
Full article here
From that article... if anyone doesn't want you to watch your favorite shows, it kind of sounds like it is AMC that doesn't want you to watch! They want to slash the budget, air more commercials instead of show, and more product placement... all while demanding more money to carry the channel to air less of the show than ever before.
Edited by Stewart Vernon, 07 July 2012 - 08:05 PM.