Mad Men Star Hopes Fans Aren't Left Waiting

The situation with AMC’s Mad Men is a case where no news is not necessarily good news. Though many are proceeding under the assumption that the acclaimed drama will be back for a fifth season, a huge question mark — one shaped like a dollar sign — looms over the when, seeing as series creator Matthew Weiner has yet to renew his deal with Lionsgate, which in turn needs to negotiate a new pact with AMC.

“I know that there’s a Season 5 and we generally go back [to work] around May, June…. We’re just waiting for the word on when,” says Christina Hendricks, who plays pneumatic office manager Joan Holloway. “I’m anxious to get back and see what happens with [Joan], and to work with all my friends.”

In fact, so much work needs to be done toward hammering out each of the two aforementioned deals that some fret Mad Men won’t be ready in time for a summertime premiere. Hendricks, though, deems herself unqualified to broach that hot topic. “I’ve heard just as many rumors as anybody else about the scheduling,” she says. “It’s already a long wait in between seasons for the fans, so I hope they don’t have to wait any longer.”

Until Hendricks’ fans get their next Joanie fix, they can at least hear the actress voicing another fierce femme, ace reporter Lois Lane, in the new All-Star Superman animated film arriving on DVD this Tuesday. Here’s what she shared with TVLine about filling that iconic role:

TVLINE | Is your Lois plucky, strong-willed, hardheaded…?
Certainly! I think she has to be all of that, because that’s Lois Lane to me. If you’re going to play her, you must always remember those qualities about her.

TVLINE | What’s her take on dating the Man Of Steel (voiced by Desperate Housewives‘ James Denton)?
[Laughs] Well, it’s a life long dream, right? She’s been pining after him for years. And I think she holds her own with him, actually. She isn’t too intimidated.

TVLINE | What’s it like, as a voice actor, oohing and aahing over a Fortress of Solitude you can’t actually see?
This was my first time doing voiceover, so the oohs and aahs and sighs made me feel a bit silly at first, with the whole room looking at you. But the script was so well-written that it was very vivid as far as what these characters were responding to. One thing that was interesting to me is I enjoyed the movie so much that I forgot it was me a couple times. I was able to sit back and once in a while think, “Oh, wait, I’m Lois Lane. How cool!”

Watch a preview of Christina Hendricks as Lois Lane, then read on for more:

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TVLINE | Did Jon Hamm (Mad Men) ever take seriously the talk that he might be cast as the next big-screen Superman? [The role instead went to The Tudors‘ Henry Cavill.]
I just heard that rumor the other day, at the premiere [of All-Star Superman], so I never got to talk to him about it. I’m sure he was flattered. He’d be a great Superman — he’s sure got the jaw line.

TVLINE | Do you have any films in the pipeline that you’re particularly excited about?
I just finished one called Drive, directed by Nicolas Refn and starring Carey Mulligan (An Education) and Ryan Gosling (Blue Valentine); I think it’s going to be really good. And right now I’m in New York shooting a movie with Sarah Jessica Parker called I Don’t Know How She Does It, which I think will be really nice. In that one I’m playing an overworked lawyer trying to do the balancing act of being a perfect wife and mother and friend, while in Drive I play a sort of bad girl who gets mixed up with the wrong crowd. She gets in a bit of trouble!

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  1. Michael Sacal says:

    “She’s been pining after him for years”

    Really? They’ve actually been married for over a decade.

    I guess it’s a good thing that a wife is still pining after her husband for years. It bodes well for their marriage, doesn’t it?

    I REALLY wish that people who think that the comics are still what they were 50 years ago would move out from under the rocks they are hiding under. Of course, it doesn’t help when the publishers continue to exploit the outdated visions of the characters to pander to nostalgia.

    • Matt Webb Mitovich says:

      I suspect the “pining” comment was directed at the Lois she is playing in this particular DVD series, and where that Lois is in her relationship with Clark; I don’t see any bling on her left ring finger up above :)

      • Michael Sacal says:

        I suppose.

        I’m not fond of this story, I consider it to be extremely outdated and done to pander to nostalgia.

        That aside, the above image of Lois looks amazing.

        • Thom says:

          Have you actually read ALL-STAR SUPERMAN? It is far from pandering to nostalgia, and your first comment would indicate that really have no idea what ALL-STAR SUPERMAN is about.

  2. renton says:

    I thought it was previously established that Mad Men was unlikely to air this summer anyway, since Breaking Bad has been pushed into summer and there’s not a good alternative time slot for it.

    Walking Dead’s return made fall unlikely, too —

    As much as I’m eager to see what’s next at SCDP, I don’t think the timing is quite as urgent, because I don’t think people were expecting a new season for another 10 months.

    • Matt Webb Mitovich says:

      Nope – it’s never been established that it would air this summer, and it’s never been established that it wouldn’t. The last that any AMC exec said on the matter was in January: “Don’t ask me when, because we’re not sure.”

  3. Terry says:

    Wouldn’t Carrie Mulligan be better known for her Oscar nominated performance in An Education over her 5 second cameo in Public Enemies. That made me laugh, let’s not post the obvious.

  4. NMO says:

    Why does AMC have to go through this drama with Weiner every season? Can’t they sign him to a multi-year contract?

    • 4F says:

      I was just about to pose this very question. Why can’t they negotiate mutli-season deals?? Every year they put us through this drama.

  5. Michelle says:

    I’m just excited to hear Christina as my favorite intrepid reporter! :)

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  7. Thom says:

    When we post a comment, we get a message that reads: “Comments on are monitored. So don’t go off topic, don’t frakkin’ curse, and be gone with your offers of discount leather goods. Talk smart about TV!”

    So why has TVLine not yet removed these offensive comments and banned the IP address of the user who posted them?

  8. Thom says:

    Yet another comment that needs to be deleted and the IP address banned.

  9. Because it gives people something to talk about and keeps the hype machine going, would be my guess.