Jon Hamm as Don Draper on "Mad Men."

Jon Hamm as Don Draper on "Mad Men." Credit: AMC

Jon Hamm finally got his bacon for a third year on "Mad Men." And that means: He won't somehow be leaving two seasons from now -- which had been a distinct possibility. Showrunner and creator Matthew Weiner hammered out Hamm's three-year contract during late winter -- details didn't surface until now -- which most likely explains why "Mad Men" probably won't be on the air again until spring 2012.

So with Hamm, the key cast member now in line, there will almost certainly -- word used advisedly -- be no more delays in cable's most prestigious program. If AMC is happy with the 2012 numbers, then the season following that will be early 2013, and "Mad Men" will wrap for good in 2014. (Weiner has confirmed that the series will go no longer than seven seasons.)

Hamm had earlier signed for two more years, but according to multiple reports, he renegotiated salary on those two years as a condition of getting the third.

There is no exact word on how much Hamm signed for, although the Hollywood website Deadline.com reported it as "eight figures." That could of course mean anything, but a likely figure is probably $1.2 million to $3 million per episode.

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