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'Mad Men' creator Matthew Weiner will make his return to TV on Amazon

'Mad Men' creator Matthew Weiner will make his return to TV on Amazon
"Mad Men" creator Matthew Weiner will make his return to TV with a series for Amazon. (Los Angeles Times)

Just over a year after "Mad Men" wrapped its run, its creator Matthew Weiner is set to return to TV with a series for Amazon.

The project received a straight-to-series order and will consist of eight episodes, The Times has confirmed.

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Details were scarce on the new project. but unlike "Mad Men's" look back at the 1950s and '60s, this new series will be set in the present day.

The series marks the nine-time Emmy winner's anticipated followup to "Mad Men," which helped make AMC a destination for prestige dramas and quickly became a dominant force in pop culture. Weiner created the new series and will write and serve as executive producer in addition to directing half the episodes.

The project sparked an intense bidding war between six entities, including HBO, according to a person with knowledge of the deal.

The series, which landed a $70-million commitment, will be co-financed by Amazon and Weinstein Co.

"In a time when there are so many options for entertainment, it's been tremendous to see how [Amazon Studios chief] Roy Price and Amazon have taken center stage by distinguishing themselves through bold choices," Weiner said in a statement. .

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