By Karen Valby
Updated April 01, 2011 at 05:22 PM EDT
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The Mad Men cast was left somewhat twiddling their thumbs while waiting for show runner Matthew Weiner and AMC/Lionsgate to reach a satisfying end to their fraught negotiations. (Hands were finally shook last night, and we now have a guaranteed two more seasons. Hooray!) But with the show’s production schedule suddenly pushed from a late April to late July start, they’re all staring at an unexpected hole on the calendar. What now for some of our beloveds? (By the way, the Internet voted last night and everyone is totally on board with the idea of Kiernan Shipka taking the early summer to play Katniss’ dear younger sister Prim in The Hunger Games.)

Jon Hamm will fill some of his time on stage, in the L.A. Theatre Works production of Chekhov’s Three Sisters. (The Jenny Sullivan-directed production, which also stars Hamm’s girlfriend Jennifer Westfeldt, runs from April 13 to 17.) Folks outside of Los Angeles can rest assured that if they’re in dire need of a Hamm fix, preferably a shirtless one, ideally in bedroom situations, he’s got a deliciously obnoxious cameo in Kristen Wiig’s Bridesmaids (which comes out May 13).

Elisabeth Moss is currently killing it on the West End stage, in the critically acclaimed production of The Children’s Hour opposite Keira Knightley. Recently the show extended its run through May 7. In a sisterly move that Peggy and Joan would both approve of, Christina Hendricks traveled to London recently to attend a performance and cheer on her friend.

Speaking of Hendricks, last week she joined the cast of the New York Philharmonic’s semi-staged production of the Stephen Sondheim-scored Company. She’ll play a spacey flight attendant alongside Jon Cryer and Neil Patrick Harris. (What a cast. Score, Cryer!) And she just wrapped shooting on the James McGrath-directed I Don’t Know How She Does It, playing Sarah Jessica Parker’s best friend and fellow harried working mom. Represent!

UPDATE: Vincent Kartheiser will spend these months doing outreach work with the L.A. transit campaign, which is pushing for a better public transit system in the traffic-plagued city. (Yes!) On April 20, he returns to his hometown Minneapolis to headline an event — “From Minnesota to Madison Avenue” — for the Children’s Theater Company. “He grew up there and was a part of the theatre,” says his rep, “so feels it is important to give back to them.” Love this guy.

Why do we Mad Men fans obsess so hard about the fate of this show and its deep bench of players? Here’s why:

Are we all feeling better after yesterday’s detente? Will you too be first in line for Bridesmaids? How will you fill up the next 12 months of hiatus until the Season 5 premiere? I’m going to go deaf and dumb if forced to survive on Real Housewives alone.

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