June 17, 2013 |
“You're a monster,” Peggy Olson tells Don Draper in the final moments of “The Quality of Mercy,” the penultimate episode of “Mad Men's” sixth season. Since the series pilot when Peggy first arrived on the job at Sterling Cooper, she has served as a proxy for the viewer. But her role as audience ambassador has never seemed more fitting than it does now, as her feelings for her former mentor curdle into disgust. Just like us, she once admired and was fascinated by Don; just like us -- or at least most of us -- she now views him as a kind of abomination.
July 23, 2010
"Mad Men" Where: AMC When: 10 p.m. Sunday Rating: TV-14 (may be unsuitable for children under the age of 14)
June 21, 2013 |
A warning to amateur history buffs out there: Kathryn Allison Mann has a job that might just make you blind with envy. As head of research on "Mad Men," which winds down its sixth season June 23 on AMC, Mann is responsible for upholding the period drama's well-earned reputation for authenticity and for mining the tumultuous history of the 1960s for potential fodder for series creator Matthew Weiner and his writing team. "It's relentlessly interesting," says Mann, 29, who studied English and philosophy at Bates College in Maine and started on "Mad Men" as a production assistant before stepping into her current position in Season 4. PHOTOS: The women of 'Mad Men' Mann is typically one of the first staff members to return at the start of a new "Mad Men" season.
July 18, 2007 |
The pilot of AMC's new original series "Mad Men" is not so much a pilot as an hourlong seduction. First there is the light, a dim and golden radiance that softens the Brylcreemed gleam of adman Don Draper (Jon Hamm) as he sits in a bar, scribbling notes for a Lucky Strike campaign on a cocktail napkin. The crowd is steeped in smoke and swinger jazz, a cocktail of 100-proof nostalgia. Which, at first glance, seems to be the show's leitmotif.
April 22, 2013 |
Harry Crane knows how to throw a temper tantrum. He is fearless if sloppy, and through doughy cheeks delivers a toxic barb in Episode 4 that is shocking on its own, but made exponentially so coming from this at-times hapless infant-man who in earlier years ran to his wife for crumbs of resolve. In a pitch for Heinz ketchup, Peggy Olson displays a confidence and salesmanship she could have learned from only one person. Her work is powerful, and all Don Draper can do is listen to his heir even though he hasn't given up the throne.
May 13, 2013 |
Being a "Mad Men" fan these days feels a little like being a woman who, after dating a string of jerks, finally gives a nice guy a chance and discovers that, hey, there's something to this after all. One of the ongoing debates about this season is whether Don has reached a point of no return - whether his affair with Sylvia and all-around jerkiness have rendered him not only thoroughly unlikable but also fatally uninteresting. Now, it would be hard to describe Don's behavior in Sunday's episode, "Man With a Plan,"as boring, but it certainly did little to counteract his ongoing image problem.
September 5, 2012 |
"Mad Men" is famous for its obsessive devotion to 1960s pop culture. Which is why clicking on this "Mad Men" remix video delivers the perfect delivery of a Rickroll at a time when the meme seems to have fallen out of fashion. For those who have forgotten, Rickrolling involves posting a link to a video or story with an enticing headline only to have it play Rick Astley's 1987 hit song "Never Gonna Give You Up. " British stand-up comedian Richard Sandling has gained a reputation for his "Perfect Movie" re-creations of famous film scenes using comedians, but his latest takes clips from the first four seasons of the hit AMC series and remixes them so that Don Draper and company are singing the words to the Astley hit. Rickrolling may be tired at this point (it's been around since 2007)
September 17, 2013 |
"Mad Men" fans will have a bit longer to say goodbye to Don Draper. Following a trend set at AMC by "Breaking Bad," the seventh and final season of "Mad Men" will air in two, seven-episode halves, the network announced Tuesday. The first half of the season, dubbed "The Beginning," will air in spring 2014. The second, "The End of an Era," will air in spring 2015. "This approach has worked well for many programs across multiple networks, and, most recently for us with ' Breaking Bad,' which attracted nearly double the number of viewers to its second-half premiere than had watched any previous episode,” said AMC President Charlie Collier.
July 25, 2010
Grab a martini and talk about "Mad Men." Don Draper and his stiff suit — and skirt — counterparts are back for the fourth-season premiere of the AMC drama. Quick, there's still time to learn how to fix up an Old-Fashioned "the way Daddy likes it." (Sunday) Need a summer guilty pleasure? Talk about "Pretty Little Liars." Forget Queen Bee (Blair) over on "Gossip Girl." It's all about "A" in this teen soap, which airs on ABC Family (not the CW!) and centers on four friends who share a dirty little secret after the disappearance of clique headmistress, Alison.