Jon Hamm Inks New 3-Year Deal With Mad Men

The partners of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce needn’t worry about having to change the name on the door anytime soon: Jon Hamm has officially signed a three-year contract to continue with AMC’s Mad Men.

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The actor’s new deal, which was first reported by our sister site Deadline, brings the series’ fifth season that much closer to starting production, after being long-delayed by protracted contract talks between showrunner Matt Weiner, AMC, and Lionsgate TV.

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AMC renewed Mad Men for two more seasons prior to Weiner closing his new deal, but with both him and Hamm eventually re-upping for three, it’s highly unlikely that AMC will scrap its breakout hit any sooner than the close of Season 7.

Just recently, as scooped by TVLine, Hamm signed on to direct his first Mad Men episode ever, sometime during Season 5 (premiering in early 2012).