1. This review discusses the plotline of Mad Men, up through the end of Season Six: 

Our TV critic David Bianculli was given the tricky task of reviewing the Season Seven opener of Mad Men, without giving too much away: 

When we last saw Jon Hamm as Madison Avenue advertising genius Don Draper, Draper had stripped off the façade he had worn as protection throughout the series. He confessed to his true past, as a boy raised in a whorehouse — not only to his children, but to his colleagues at work, during a pitch to an advertising client. Immediately, he lost his chance to move to the West Coast office his firm was opening — and there were bound to be other consequences. This final season, it appears, will be all about those consequences.
Don always has been resourceful, and resilient, and those traits are in full display in the season seven opener. His confession last season has altered him — in his behavior as well as his demeanor, he’s a noticeably changed man. You can tell that even from one of the few scenes from Mad Men that reveals no secrets about where the series is going — just that Don is going somewhere, on a plane.



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    This review discusses the plotline of Mad Men, up through the end of Season Six: 

    Our TV critic David Bianculli was given the tricky task of reviewing the Season Seven opener of Mad Men, without giving too much away: 

    When we last saw Jon Hamm as Madison Avenue advertising genius Don Draper, Draper had stripped off the façade he had worn as protection throughout the series. He confessed to his true past, as a boy raised in a whorehouse — not only to his children, but to his colleagues at work, during a pitch to an advertising client. Immediately, he lost his chance to move to the West Coast office his firm was opening — and there were bound to be other consequences. This final season, it appears, will be all about those consequences.

    Don always has been resourceful, and resilient, and those traits are in full display in the season seven opener. His confession last season has altered him — in his behavior as well as his demeanor, he’s a noticeably changed man. You can tell that even from one of the few scenes from Mad Men that reveals no secrets about where the series is going — just that Don is going somewhere, on a plane.

    Photo by Michael Yarish/AMC

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  1. Happy New Year! See you in 2014.
-Fresh Air

    Happy New Year! See you in 2014.

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  1. Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner on the symbolism of Don Draper reading Dante's Inferno at the beginning of Season Six, which takes place in 1968:

This man is in his worst state — the way 1968 is — because it is overrunning his life and it’s page 1 in the story: He’s going into hell. This is the descent. Maybe he’ll come out on the other side, or maybe he’ll just take up residence there.”

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    Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner on the symbolism of Don Draper reading Dante's Inferno at the beginning of Season Six, which takes place in 1968:

    This man is in his worst state — the way 1968 is — because it is overrunning his life and it’s page 1 in the story: He’s going into hell. This is the descent. Maybe he’ll come out on the other side, or maybe he’ll just take up residence there.”

    image courtesy of AMC

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  1. Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner talks to Terry Gross about Don Draper, Existentialist:

I feel like Don is like a lot of existential characters: brave in the face of death but more deeply, deeply afraid of it — and trying to find some purpose and some control over it — because he is aware of the sort of meaninglessness of life. … Let’s say existentialism is a young man’s game. As he’s getting up there, he’s saying, like, ‘Why do I keep repeating this? Why am I in this process?’

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    Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner talks to Terry Gross about Don Draper, Existentialist:

    I feel like Don is like a lot of existential characters: brave in the face of death but more deeply, deeply afraid of it — and trying to find some purpose and some control over it — because he is aware of the sort of meaninglessness of life. … Let’s say existentialism is a young man’s game. As he’s getting up there, he’s saying, like, ‘Why do I keep repeating this? Why am I in this process?’

    image courtesy of AMC

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    Today: Mad Men series creator and executive producer Matthew Weiner dishes about last night’s episode, talks about the character development of Don Draper and tells us where the series might be going next.
WARNING: Obviously, we will be talking about last night’s episode. If you did not see/are planning to watch/have never heard of Mad Men, please DO NOT tune in and then send an irate email to me. Pleasant emails are more than welcome. -Mel

    Today: Mad Men series creator and executive producer Matthew Weiner dishes about last night’s episode, talks about the character development of Don Draper and tells us where the series might be going next.

    WARNING: Obviously, we will be talking about last night’s episode. If you did not see/are planning to watch/have never heard of Mad Men, please DO NOT tune in and then send an irate email to me. Pleasant emails are more than welcome. -Mel

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  1. David Bianculli answers the burning Mad Men question: Was it worth the wait? View in High-Res

    David Bianculli answers the burning Mad Men question: Was it worth the wait?

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  1. This photo and caption reveal nothing about Don Draper’s (Jon Hamm) state of mind at the end of Mad Men’s fourth season. This article does.
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    This photo and caption reveal nothing about Don Draper’s (Jon Hamm) state of mind at the end of Mad Men’s fourth season. This article does.

    If you need to get up to speed before Sunday, Internet.

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  1. Jon Hamm explains how he approaches every new season of Mad Men: "I honestly don’t like knowing what’s going to come down the pike, for fear of somehow subconsciously playing the end of the story, or playing information my character shouldn’t have. That said, Matt and I sit at the beginning of every season and we talk about what the season is going to bring and what the arc of the season could be or should be or might be — but this is well before anything is written. And we talk in very, very general terms of themes and feelings and general ideas." View in High-Res

    Jon Hamm explains how he approaches every new season of Mad Men: "I honestly don’t like knowing what’s going to come down the pike, for fear of somehow subconsciously playing the end of the story, or playing information my character shouldn’t have. That said, Matt and I sit at the beginning of every season and we talk about what the season is going to bring and what the arc of the season could be or should be or might be — but this is well before anything is written. And we talk in very, very general terms of themes and feelings and general ideas."

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no mo’ mad men til 2012. 

We’re playing highlights from our interview with Jon Hamm tomorrow. No tears. No tears. View in High-Res

    swahiliforchili:

    no mo’ mad men til 2012. 

    We’re playing highlights from our interview with Jon Hamm tomorrow. No tears. No tears.

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  1. Jon Hamm, on his thoughts about his character Don Draper, on this season of Mad Men: “When you no longer have the perfect life and the perfect family and the  perfect job and the perfect approach to every problem, when all of that  stuff gets stripped away, who are you at the foundation?” (Photo: AMC) View in High-Res

    Jon Hamm, on his thoughts about his character Don Draper, on this season of Mad Men: “When you no longer have the perfect life and the perfect family and the perfect job and the perfect approach to every problem, when all of that stuff gets stripped away, who are you at the foundation?” (Photo: AMC)

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  1. Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner on the inspiration for the character Don Draper: “Part of the inspiration for this character [Don Draper] is based on  personalities like Marilyn Monroe. It’s hard to identify Don Draper with  Marilyn Monroe, but this idea of a false self — of creating a persona  that is so different from where you came from … there can be a sense  of shame, of ‘You don’t know me. You will never know me. I’m a fraud.’  And that’s the part that I think the audience can engage with.” (Photo:AMC) View in High-Res

    Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner on the inspiration for the character Don Draper: “Part of the inspiration for this character [Don Draper] is based on personalities like Marilyn Monroe. It’s hard to identify Don Draper with Marilyn Monroe, but this idea of a false self — of creating a persona that is so different from where you came from … there can be a sense of shame, of ‘You don’t know me. You will never know me. I’m a fraud.’ And that’s the part that I think the audience can engage with.” (Photo:AMC)

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  1. One of the people pictured here is our guest tomorrow. Guess who? (It’s not George or policeman-Eric or Herman.) View in High-Res

    One of the people pictured here is our guest tomorrow. Guess who? (It’s not George or policeman-Eric or Herman.)

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