AMC has issued a statement confirming that the show will return, but not until 2012, as previously suggested. As reported in this blog earlier this morning, negotiations between creator Matthew Weiner and AMC/Lionsgate have hit another bump, but representatives at the network say they are committed to bringing the show back.

“AMC has officially authorized production of season 5 of Mad Men, triggering our option with Lionsgate, (Mad Men’s production company),” the statement said. “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.”