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Mad Men Did Not Pay to Use Iconic Coca-Cola Ad in Series Finale | Mad Men, Mad Men (Season 7), Jon Hamm

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Mad Men Did Not Pay to Use Iconic Coca-Cola Ad in Series Finale

Originally posted 05/19/2015 02:00PM

While it may be one of the most famous ads in television history, Mad Men didn't shell out a dime to use the iconic Coca-Cola spot in the series finale of the AMC show.

When asked if the network paid to use the original ad in the highly anticipated final episode, a spokesperson for the company confirmed to PEOPLE, "No money exchanged hands."

But just because Coca-Cola played a big part in the finale doesn't mean the company knew ahead of time how Don Draper would say goodbye.

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Mad Men Finale Recap: Acclaimed Drama Comes to a Quiet Close

Mad Men

Mad Men Finale Recap: Acclaimed Drama Comes to a Quiet Close

Originally posted 05/18/2015 07:00AM

"You only like the beginnings of things," someone once told Don Draper (Jon Hamm). Well, Don isn't the only one. As viewers, we love the beginnings of things: Remember the excitement of discovering this little 1960s drama eight years ago on some channel called AMC? The beginnings are always so full of possibility. Maybe that’s why, for all of our wild theories about what will happen, the endings never satisfy us.

As I wrote last week, it's often hard to tell the difference between endings and beginnings on Mad Men. Don Draper keeps starting over, only to find himself right back where he started. This show is a time machine, going backward and forward, always taking us back to the same place. "You can put this behind you," Don tells Anna's (Melinda Page Hamilton) niece, Stephanie (Caity Lotz). "It's easier if you move forward." But moving forward is moving backward. Progress doesn't exist.

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Mad Men Finale: Inside the Final Day on Set | Mad Men, Mad Men (Season 7)

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Mad Men Finale: Inside the Final Day on Set

Originally posted 05/17/2015 05:25PM

All good things must come to an end – and that cliché extends to great things like Mad Men.

"The last day of shooting was so sad," costume designer Janie Bryant tells PEOPLE of being on set for the last day of filming the AMC drama's seventhand final – season. "The whole entire cast showed up on set. And, with each actor wrapping their last scene, everyone was just crying like crazy."

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Mad Men Cast Members Share Their Defining On-Screen Moments

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Mad Men Cast Members Share Their Defining On-Screen Moments

Originally posted 05/16/2015 03:20PM

As the series finale of Mad Men nears, fans have started tallying up the show's most unforgettable scenes – moments both moving and motivational, not to mention shocking and occasionally shudder-inducing (it will be a long time before anyone forgets that lawn mower accident).

But what are the highlights (and lowlights) for the actors who have built the world of AMC's hit series from the page up?

Below, cast members Jon Hamm, Kiernan Shipka, Elisabeth Moss and January Jones share some of their standout moments as their iconic characters.

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January Jones: Why Her Last Day Filming Mad Men Was 'Awful'

January Jones: Why Her Last Day Filming Mad Men Was 'Awful'

Originally posted 05/15/2015 01:25PM

As Mad Men fans prepare for the final episode on Sunday – and the withdrawal that will follow – January Jones says she's already been through it, and the end feels pretty terrible.

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Mad Men: Betty Draper Francis' 10 Most 'Mad Mom' Moments

Betty Draper Francis' 10 Most 'Mad Mom' Moments

Originally posted 05/11/2015 10:55AM

Oh, Betty. You've come a long way in seven seasons of Mad Men, but it appears we've come to the end of the road.

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January Jones Says Working with Boyfriend Will Forte Is 'a Blast'

January Jones Says Working with Boyfriend Will Forte Is 'a Blast'

Originally posted 04/20/2015 09:40AM

The couple that laughs together stays together!

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Mad Men Review: Don Draper's Last Stand

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Don Draper's Last Stand: Where Are the Final Episodes of Mad Men Heading?

Originally posted 04/05/2015 03:30PM

Mad Men is back for the first of its seven final episodes, and Jon Hamm's Don Draper is still firmly committed to being admitted to the marble-columned pantheon of Existentially Miserable Businessmen (as Represented in American Arts and Letters).

It's hard to imagine that he won't get in by the end and join such august company as Willy Loman, Charles Foster Kane, Tony Soprano, the Wolf of Wall Street and, going back quite a stretch, Silas Lapham.

But what did we expect? If Don were the Easter Bunny, he would be sitting off in the corner of the egg hunt, nursing his scotch, smoking a cigarette and distractedly encouraging the kids as they filled their baskets. "Good one you got there, Scotty … Nice, Lisa Beth, mm."

Series creator Matthew Weiner has, as he often does, urged reviewers not to spoil any of the episode's surprises. This isn't hard, since not all that much happens in Sunday's premiere. Whatever the series' ultimate conclusion, Mad Men has stuck to its peculiar tone of crepuscular heaviness.

That has been the source of much of its power: The show has been ebbing ever since it premiered.

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January Jones: 'I Wish My Son Thought I Was Cooler'

January Jones: 'I Wish My Son Thought I Was Cooler'

Originally posted 04/05/2015 09:00AM

"He'll see me on a billboard or on TV and be like, 'Oh that's you,' " the Mad Men star tells PEOPLE

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January Jones and Will Forte Are Dating!

January Jones and Will Forte Are Dating!

Originally posted 04/01/2015 07:00PM

The Last Man on Earth has a new woman in his life!

Will Forte, star of the Fox comedy, is dating his costar, January Jones, PEOPLE has learned.

Jones, 37, and Forte, 44, first worked together when the Mad Men actress hosted Saturday Night Live in 2009.

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