American cable network AMC has announced that it has recommissioned the critically acclaimed drama series 'Mad Men' for a fifth season. reports that the fifth series will premiere on American television early next year because of continuing contract talks with the show's creator and executive producer, Matt Weiner.

The AMC statement said: "AMC has officially authorized production of season 5 of 'Mad Men', triggering our option with Lionsgate [Television].

"While we are getting a later start than in years past due to ongoing, key non-cast negotiations, 'Mad Men' will be back for a fifth season in early 2012."