‘Mad Men’ Season 5 Update: Filming Begins in August

This time last summer, we were readying ourselves for the premiere of Season 4 of Mad Men. Our biggest worry? Perfecting our Old-Fashioned recipe before having people over to watch it on Sunday night. This year, thanks to some intense and drawn out negotiations between Matthew Weiner and the powers that be, we’ve got to settle for the news that filming on Season 5 begins on August 8 and we won’t be seeing any new episodes until March of next year.

This creates a few interesting questions: How will producers deal with January Jones’s pregnancy on-screen? (She isn’t due until November.) Will Jon Hamm, who recently signed on to guest star in five episodes of David Cross’s British comedy The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret, find it difficult juggling the two gigs (especially given that he’s planning to make his directorial debut with the season premiere)? And perhaps, most importantly, how many of our predictions for Season 5 will come true, given the production delays?