06:31 PM EDT 04/07/2015
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.
Originally posted 04/03/2015 09:45PM
John Slattery might have earned himself silver-fox sex symbol status after playing Roger Sterling on Mad Men for nine years, but that doesn't mean he's comfortable with the title.
"It's nuts," the actor, 52, tells PEOPLE. "I don't think that anybody who is thought of in any way, shape or form as that is comfortable with it."
While Slattery admits he was surprised by all the attention from female fans, there are certain qualities about his character that come straight from the actor's own life.
Originally posted 02/23/2015 02:00PM
Does it really have to end?
The second trailer for Mad Men's final episodes was released Sunday night during the Oscars, and after seven seasons and countless hangovers with Don Draper and Co., we're still not quite ready to say goodbye.
As Don narrates a heartfelt pitch about nostalgia (from the Kodak commercial pitch during season one), we see flashbacks of some of the greatest moments throughout the show's history.
Originally posted 02/19/2015 05:20PM
Aw sookie sookie now!
The tagline for Mad Men's final seven episodes reads, "The Party's Over," but a new trailer suggests it's actually in full swing.
It's the '70s baby. Diana Ross's sultry "Love Hangover" provides the background for a summer Hamptons get-together, and the gang's all there.
Originally posted 04/13/2014 11:20PM
Mad Men began its final season Sunday on AMC with a somber, even opaque episode that was probably a case of holding its final hand close to the vest. You hope there are some sensational cards there. Creator Matthew Weiner, whose baby this is, can be sensational or sensationally drab, exactly as he chooses.
The show's integrity is unmatched, admirable and every so often deeply irritating.
At any rate, I think it will be a while before anyone sings "Zou Bisou Bisou" again.
Originally posted 09/04/2013 11:00AM
Why the men of your favorite shows could actually be the men of your dreams
Originally posted 03/25/2012 11:10PM
When Mad Men's season 4 wrapped up nearly a year and a half ago, Don Draper (Jon Hamm) was on the precipice of a major life change. He had proposed to his young secretary, Megan (Jessica Paré) after taking her on a trip to Disneyland with his children.
As in seasons past, Sunday night's premiere episode has been shrouded in secrecy – with nary a plot point revealed. (Not even the year in which the season is set!)
So, if you haven't seen the season 5 premiere yet, stop reading! There are spoilers ahead …
Originally posted 03/24/2012 03:00PM
You wouldn't mess with Don Draper around the office at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce. And you shouldn't mess with Jon Hamm, the man behind those suits and ties, on the Mad Men set.
But his costars thought about it.
John Slattery, who plays troubled executive Roger Sterling, and Elisabeth Moss, who plays secretary-turned-ad copywriter Peggy Olson on the AMC series – whose season 5 premiere is Sunday – attempted to play a prank on Hamm when he was making his directorial debut for the show's April 1 episode.
Originally posted 03/22/2012 08:30AM
AMC's Mad Men is back Sunday after an absence of more than a year, and its maniacally intense fans are anticipating what new developments are in the pipeline at the chilled offices of 1960s ad agency Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce. Mad Men is too subtle to resort to cliffhangers – people here live or die according to what account gets signed over a business lunch lubricated with drinks – but season 4 ended with everyone poised on the brink of ... something.
Something maybe good, possibly bad. Maybe neither. It's that kind of show. Ominous, but incrementally so.
Before Sunday's premiere, here's a refresher as to where the show's main characters were when we left them:
Originally posted 09/28/2011 11:15AM
She may play an icy blonde on the Emmy-winning Mad Men, but in real-life January Jones is one red-hot mama.
Barely more than two weeks after her first child, Xander Dane Jones, was born on Sept. 13, the actress, 33, was seen out and about with him – and back in beautiful shape.
As for how her maternity might play out on the new season of the AMC hit, costar Jon Hamm, 40, told PEOPLE at this past weekend's Rape Foundation Annual Brunch, hosted by the cast of Mad Men: "I'll let you see that when you see it, but she is no longer pregnant. She has had a baby, and she's very excited and happy and healthy. Both sides are very healthy and happy, which is very sweet."
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