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AMC Sets Return Date for Mad Men; Matt Weiner Talks Season 6

Jan 23 2013, 7:23am CST | by

Pour yourself an Old Fashioned: Don Draper is back. AMC is set to announce this morning that Mad Men will return for its sixth season on Sunday, April 7 at 9/8c with a two-hour season premiere....

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AMC Sets Return Date for Mad Men; Matt Weiner Talks Season 6

Jan 23 2013, 7:23am CST | by

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Pour yourself an Old Fashioned: Don Draper is back. AMC is set to announce this morning that Mad Men will return for its sixth season on Sunday, April 7 at 9/8c with a two-hour season premiere. The show will then move to its regular time, 10/9c, the following week. Creator Matthew Weiner confirms to TV Guide Magazine that the show (last seen in 1967) will make another jump in time, putting Mad Men straight in the middle of the tumultuous late 1960s. The time jump "at this point has been such a great story engine for the show," he says. "I love writing that first episode as if the audience knows everything that has happened, and watching them piece it in their head. It's an elliptical experience." Winter TV: Get the scoop on your favorite returning shows Weiner also reiterates the promise that the show's entire cast—except Jared Harris , whose character (Lane Pryce) committed suicide last season—will be back. That includes Elizabeth Moss , who some suspected might exit the show now that Peggy has left Sterling Cooper, and January Jones , whose role as Don's ex-wife Betty was limited last season. "I can tell you their names are in the credits," Weiner says. "And none of the cast has been let go." Weiner is mum on details, but shares that while the show's stories continue to focus on its characters' internal struggles, a parallel can be drawn between much of next season and the current mood of the nation. "I think the social environment and the general sense of anxiety and decay" of that period mirrors how people feel right now, Weiner says. "I think it's about, whether we realize it or not, we have lost something recently, and it feels very different. There's a bit of a self-esteem problem for the country, and it's turned people inwards." Season five of Mad Men left things on an ambiguous note between Don (Jon Hamm ) and his young wife Megan (Jessica Paré ). Sitting alone at a bar, Don is approached by a beautiful woman, and we're left to imagine what he does next. AMC has confirmed that portions of the season 6 premiere (written by Weiner and directed by Scott Hornbacher) were shot in Hawaii with Hamm and Pare, so perhaps their relationship is rekindled on the beach. Aloha, Mad Men ! Don hits Hawaii — with Megan!

"As the season went on and Megan began to express her own desires and ambitions, it was a real blow to Don and didn't jibe with what his fantasy of this relationship was meant to be," Weiner says. "Maybe Megan wasn't exciting to him once she wasn't completely devoted to him anymore. But it ain't over. What was interesting to me was to see that journey of us taking his relationship seriously with her, and what the reaction was from the audience." Weiner said he's proud of how Mad Men ended last year by "turning the emotional relationship between a husband and wife into a cliffhanger. That's the emotional scale that the show is operating on." Weiner and his team are currently working on the eighth episode of season six, and at the same time he and the show's writers are breaking stories for the season finale. One of the major challenges this upcoming year was finding a way to depict the late 1960s without falling into the trap of how pop culture has reinterpreted that era. "I didn't know the show would go on this long," Weiner says. "And this part of the 60s I've always been fighting an image of the period that has been created by books and movies. It's the baby boomers' childhood. There is a propaganda that goes along with the whole era." While it may be easy to pigeonhole the late 1960s as the time of protests, free love and hippies, the real timeframe is much more complicated, diverse and multi-generational. For example, even as artists like The Beatles and Jefferson Airplane revolutionized music, Weiner notes that Frank Sinatra continued to record No. 1 hits during that same era. Mad Men boss: Don isn't necessarily gto cheat on Megan "There's a version of that story out there, and some of it was even told at the time," he says. "So I'm always focused on what I can control, which is, what it's like to be Don's age and the story of the generations. Every character has a specific age on this show, and that's really useful to me... I don't want the show to be a history lesson. The job of the show is to show how these events affect our characters. Intellectually it's been very interesting to see how history really does interact with our daily life. What world evens pierce their way into our anxieties." Weiner says he hasn't had a chance yet to watch Moss' upcoming Sundance Channel series Top of the Lake , which just screened to rave reviews at the Sundance Film Festival. "I'm dying to see it," he says. "There's no way that she didn't kill it. She's such a great actress. It's nice to see people succeed in other forms and then come back here." Weiner spent his time between seasons directing the feature You Are Here, starring Zach Galifianakis, Owen Wilson and Amy Poehler. The film, which he also wrote, is in post-production and about to be shopped to distributors. "I've been trying to make this movie for ten years, and when I saw that the stars were going to line up, I said, 'I'll sleep when I'm dead.'" Winter TV: Get the scoop on must-see new shows Looking to catch up on Mad Men? AMC On Demand will start rolling out fifth season episodes on February 11. And the cable network continues to air repeats of Mad Men on Sunday mornings at 6 a.m. ET. Season five episodes will begin on March 3, leading up to the season six premiere. Weiner has promised at least one more season of the show beyond this one, and says Mad Men's annual change-ups continue to invigorate him. "Because the end is coming and because of the success we've been afforded all this time, people came back to work, myself included, with an energy that has to do with really appreciating the unique experience that we're having," he says. Subscribe to TV Guide Magazine now!

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'Are You Here' Trailer Previews Matthew Weiner's First Post-'Mad Men' Project

Jun 5 2014 2:11pm CDT | Source: Huffington Post

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Matthew Weiner actually wrote his first post-"Mad Men" endeavor, big-screen comedy "Are You Here," over a decade ago, before Don Draper even existed. The film is finally getting out there and stars Amy Poehler, Zach Galifianakis and Owen Wilson dealing with familial dysfunction (Weiner's specialty). Wilson stars as Steve, a womanizer who helps his unstable best friend, Ben (Galifianakis), cope with h ...
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Mad Men To the Moon: Classic Series Returned To Form in 2014

May 27 2014 10:10pm CDT | Source: Huffington Post

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After a couple of seasons which sometimes found me grinding my teeth in frustration over my decision to write about the show, Mad Men's seven-episode 2014 season-let, officially Season 7, Part I, has been very satisfying. That was especially so with this year's finale, "Waterloo," set around the communal celebration of a high point in human civilization, ending in dramatic success for our heroes and heroines. Which brings us to the e ...
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'Love Can Come To Everyone': The Heartbreaking 'Mad Men' Midseason Finale

May 27 2014 9:23am CDT | Source: Huffington Post

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"Mad Men" was so sneaky sad during the first portion of its final season that it's no wonder the soul-crushing mid-season finale ended in a musical number. The drama this year was second-level stuff, the kind of sleight of hand usually reserved for card tricks. It's the "Wizard of Oz" in a snazzy grey suit: pay no attention to the man behind the curtain. That's been the crux of "Mad Men" from the beginning, of course. The pilot en ...
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'Mad Men' Finale Review: Dance Fever, Burgers And Space Travel

May 26 2014 2:26am CDT | Source: Huffington Post

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Do not read on unless you have seen the seventh episode of "Mad Men's" final season, "Waterloo," which also serves as the show's 2014 finale (it returns with seven episodes in 2015). We all know that when a "Mad Men" episode is heavy on business intrigue and office politics, it's usually a winner, but even by that standard, "Waterloo" may have been entirely too much fun. Jim C ...
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