During the HBO executive session at TCA, a journalist asked about the widely reported "legend" that HBO turned down Mad Men before AMC "snatched it up."
HBO co-president Richard Plepler responded with this intriguing comment, faintly acknowledging the network’s lapse when they failed to acquire critical favorite Mad Men, created by Matt Weiner.
I’ve heard many versions of the Mad Men story, and I’m sure there’s a little truth everywhere, as there always is. Look, here’s the bottom line: It’s a wonderful show. I wish it were on HBO. It’s not. Sometimes that happens. And you move forward. But Matt’s an extraordinary talent. And I hope that one day soon he’ll come do something for us, which he’s expressed interest in.