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“New” Mad Men season 5 promo isn’t new at all!

Mad Men is set to premiere on March 25, and here we have our first look at season 5. And yet there’s nothing FROM season 5 in the promo! They’ve recycled old shots from past seasons, and it’s a major disappointment. I was hoping that after so much time off, we’d get a real first look at where the characters are now. But no!

As for what’s coming up in season 5, Jon Hamm has hinted at a possible romance with Joan.

Actor Jon Hamm has revealed that the relationship between Mad Men characters Don Draper and Joan Harris will be explored in greater detail as the series progresses.

The actor, who plays womanising ad executive Draper in the drama, made his comments at the Curzon Mayfair last night as part of a Bafta interview with Jo Whiley.

When asked why Draper has never made a pass at office vixen Joan, played by Christina Hendricks, Hamm responded: “Who says he hasn’t?”

He continued: “The Don/Joan dynamic is something that we do explore, and don’t take this the wrong way, but we do explore as the show goes on.

“They have worked together for a long time, they know one another very well and I’ll leave it at that.”

Hamm also hinted that there was hope for his character, despite the tumultuous last series of the show, in which he lost his friend Anna and shocked colleagues with a spontaneous proposal to new secretary Megan.

“[Anna's death] may have caused some tectonic shift in Don, maybe one of the reasons we saw the proposal. It’s not a mistake that he gives Megan Anna’s ring, he did not give that to Betty, but I think that there is hope,” he said.

Additionally, Hamm revealed that there would be at least a further three series of Mad Men, and that the first episode of the upcoming fifth season will be two hours long.

I don’t know how I feel about a Don/Joan hookup. I guess it could be kind of hot. What if they end up having a relationship?! So weird! Can’t wait for the new season!

Posted Monday, February 20th, 2012 at 9:09am
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Mad Men releases new poster, and it’s causing quite a bit of controversy!

“Mad Men” just released this brand new poster for the highly anticipated return of their hit show. Season 5 is set to return March 25 after a long hiatus!

The new poster shows the silhouette of a man falling out of the sky, and the premiere date. Honestly, I didn’t think anything of this poster when I saw it – in the opening sequence of Mad Men, there’s a man falling out of the sky. No big deal!

Well apparently some viewers are comparing the poster to images of 9/11. What!?

Do you agree? What do you think of the poster – is it offensive?

PS: Cannot WAIT for the show to return! It’s just been too dang long! ALSO: Just learned that the March 25th season premiere will be 2 hours long!

As one of the most highly anticipated season premieres of the year, AMC announced today that the Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning drama Mad Men will be back with a two-hour Season 5 Premiere on Sun., Mar. 25 at 9pm ET/PT. Written by Matthew Weiner and directed by Jennifer Getzinger, the season premiere episode will also be available on the Monday after air.

Following the premiere, on Sun., Apr. 1, Mad Men will return to its regular timeslot at 10pm ET/PT with an episode written by Erin Levy and Matthew Weiner and directed by Jon Hamm.


Posted Thursday, January 19th, 2012 at 7:07am
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‘Mad Men’ creator announces the show will end in 2011, when Don is 84!

Season 5 of ‘Mad Men’ is finally getting ready to premiere, in 2012, much later than previous seasons.

Matthew Weiner, creator and writer of the hit show, says he already knows how the show will end at the end of season 7! Weiner sat down with to talk about his struggles with AMC – and his visions of how the show will end.

It’s not over yet – we have three more seasons of ‘Mad Men’ coming up – and the series will come to a close at the end of season 7. The last episode, Weiner says, will be more than just a look back at the show’s history.

“I do know how the whole show ends,” he told the site. “It came to me in the middle of last season. I always felt like it would be the experience of human life. And human life has a destination. It doesn’t mean Don’s gonna die. What I’m looking for, and how I hope to end the show, is like … It’s 2011. Don Draper would be 84 right now. I want to leave the show in a place where you have an idea of what it meant and how it’s related to you.”

To see Don Draper, still working and trying to sell digital ad space, based on laser-targeted focus group and audience segmentation, would truly be a sight to behold. Of course, one gets the feeling that Weiner is more interested in looking at how the Jon Hamm-portrayed character would have handled the coming decades and changes in his life, not technological changes in his industry.

But it’s not just Don’s arc that concerns Weiner; both the seventh season expiration date, as well as the setting he intends for it, are also opportunities for him to reflect on the job he did with the show, as well as go out on his own terms. Just like one certain little band out of Liverpool did over forty years ago.

“It’s a very tall order, but I always talk about ‘Abbey Road,’” he said, referring of course to the final album The Beatles recorded together (though “Let It Be” would be released after “Abbey Road”). What’s the song at the end of Abbey Road? It’s called ‘The End.’ There is a culmination of an experience of people working at their highest level.”

Given that the series won its fourth straight Best Drama Emmy, Weiner certainly is on pace to end on top.

Source, Photos: Fame

Posted Tuesday, November 15th, 2011 at 10:10am
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‘Mad Men’ creator and AMC reach mega deal!!!

After a turbulent week, looks like ‘Mad Men‘ creator Matthew Weiner and AMC have finally come to an agreement that would keep him with the show for three more years, thank God! Can you imagine ‘Mad Men’ without it’s creator!?

According to The Huffington Post, the deal is worth a reported $25-$30 million.

“I want to thank all of our wonderful fans for their support,” Weiner said in a statement. “I also want to thank AMC and Lionsgate for agreeing to support the artistic freedom of myself, the cast and the crew, so that we can continue to make the show exactly as we have from the beginning. I’m excited to get started on the next chapter of our story.”

A source close to the show outlined to The Huffington Post the outcome of the negotiation’s areas of dispute:

AMC dropped its demand for a $1.5 million per season budget cut; the preserved money means in part that Weiner will no longer be required to cut two significant actors per season. Instead, characters will be cut if it suits the show creatively.

The network insisted that the show cut two minutes per episode for more advertising time; the contract calls for the first and last episode of the show to be the normal 47 minutes. For episodes 2-11, they will initially air as 45 minute episodes, and Weiner’s “Final Cut” will be available digitally 8 days later.

Additionally, product integration policy will remain the same; AMC had wanted more transparency in placements, requesting the ability for companies to publicize that their products appeared on the show.

The source emphasized that Weiner has full creative control of the show. It will begin again in March, 2012; AMC has a full slate of summer and fall shows and had always intended to start “Mad Men” later than it had hit airwaves in seasons past.


So basically Matthew got everything he was asking for! Good job! Only thing that seems weird to me is the “Final Cut” episode that will air digitally 8 days later. So that means that if we wait 8 days we’ll get to see 2 more minutes of Mad Men? Sucks they can’t just air it all at once. I know I’m not going to want to watch it again 8 days later for just 2 more minutes. Strange. Other than that – I’m just glad everyone is getting along again!

Posted Friday, April 1st, 2011 at 7:07am
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‘Mad Men’ creator fires back, claims he’s “fighting for the cast & crew”

Yesterday there were a bunch of rumors that either ‘Mad Men’ was going to be canceled – or that it was going to come back (much later), but possibly without creator Matthew Weiner. According to several sources, Matthew was getting a huge pay raise ($30 million for 3 years) but didn’t want AMC messing with his show. The network had asked to cut 2 minutes per episode to make more room for commercials, cutting a few characters and more product placement.

Today, creator Matthew Weiner is getting his side of the story out, claiming he’s thinking of the cast, not just himself. Here’s more from Pop Eater

When news hit that ‘Mad Men’ wouldn’t return until 2012, fans of AMC’s juggernaut sighed. When that news spiraled into the notion that creator Matthew Weiner may leave the series, fans wept.

Now Weiner is clearing a few things up. “There’s been a lot of speculation and misinformation in the press about what is going on,” he tells ‘Mad Men’ blog Basket of Kisses. “I want the fans to know directly from me that I had nothing to do with this delay and it is not about money. I am fighting for the cast and for the show. And I appreciate the kindness and concern of the fans.”

The AMC/Weiner negotiations have been rumored to be in progress for months. “We didn’t have an actual conversation until three weeks ago,” Weiner clarifies.

AMC’s three reported conditions for ‘Mad Men’ are trimming the show’s length to accommodate more commercials, incorporating more product placement and ditching two cast members. Weiner says that while characters have departed the series before, it’s never been about money.

“I’ve brought the show in on budget,” Weiner says. “I’ve been a good producer.”

HitFix’s Alan Sepinwall, one of the web’s foremost ‘Mad Men’ gurus, has a thought-out take on the situation. “AMC compromised on the commercial time once, and though they suggest to [The New York Times] that they won’t this time, you never know,” Sepinwall writes. “Maybe in the end AMC blinks, deciding that the prestige of the show — which is largely dependent on having Matt Weiner present and happy — and what it means to their own brand is worth more than squeezing some extra bucks out of the margins.”

Weiner clarifies that the massive salary being floated in the press — $30 million for three more seasons — is inaccurate. “I offered to have less money, to save the cast, and to leave the show in the running time that it’s supposed to be,” Weiner says. “The harder that I’ve fought for the show, the more money that they’ve offered me.”

Weiner’s final words for troubled ‘Mad Men’ fans? “Everyone can hold on, and we’ll see if it’s necessary, but of course I would want them to express their feelings. I can’t even tell you what it’s meant to me to have intelligent people who care about the show, who reflect about it, who obsess about it, it’s been a total surprise to me. It’s surpassed everything I would ever have expected.”

Read the rest at Pop Eater

It looks to me like AMC realizes they’re sitting on a cash-cow, and they’re trying to make the absolute most money they can. I think Matthew is just trying to keep making the show he wants to – without being fussed with. I’m on Team Matthew!

Posted Wednesday, March 30th, 2011 at 1:13pm
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