I realize that it's a little premature to start up a thread on this, especially considering that it has just been announced that season 5 hasn't even begun production (and will most likely not air until March 2012, a whole year from now), but I thought I would start the speculation train a-rollin'. It has been reported (as I'm sure you've heard) that AMC wants Weiner to chop two main characters, AMC wants more product placements (as if there weren't enough of those already) and two minutes shaved off of every episode to make way for more commercials. Essentially, it sounds to me like AMC is getting greedy and Matthew Weiner is (understandably and thankfully) digging in his heels. These were apparently some bones of contention when negotiating season 4 but apparently they compromised through it. It's not turning out so well this time: <a class="postlink" href="http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118034602" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;">http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118034602</a> What I want to know from you is: 1) Which two cast members do you want to see go and why? and 2) Should Weiner cave to the demands and/or do you think AMC is asking too much/being too greedy? Unless a mod modifies it otherwise, this ought to carry on to be the official Mad Men Season 5 thread.