'Mad Men' season 5 first look: Jon Hamm directs Elisabeth Moss -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTO

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Peggy Olson in dolphin shorts? Why, the fifth season of Mad Men must take the biggest time jump yet!

We kid. Below is a first-look shot from the Mad Men set as Jon Hamm takes on his new role as director of the show’s highly anticipated season premiere. Also in this rehearsal shot: Elisabeth Moss, co-producer Marcy Patterson, photography director Christopher Manley and executive producer Matthew Weiner. The series, which resumes production in Los Angeles and returns next year, landed the outstanding drama award at the TV critics press club awards on Saturday, with Hamm earning individual achievement in a drama series. Here’s your exclusive pic with a quote from Hamm below:

Said Hamm: “I don’t remember if we were discussing a scene or Albert Pujols’s impending free agency, but suffice to say ‘directing’ is fun!”
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  • wsugar

    gulp

  • Tanya

    love this pic! : )

    • Bob

      We want more Christina Hendricks

      • Ron

        Yeah and how does Joan stand up? Im still laughing at that line in Season 4.

  • Karate Pants

    She’s obviously a Marilyn. ;)

    • Tally

      Seriously. Effortlessly sexy in shorts and a t-shirt. Christ on a cracker!

      • sam

        She is the opposite of sexy.

      • Justin P.

        That’s right, sam.

  • anna

    How riveting.

  • Juneau

    Can’t wait.

  • Nick

    I can’t wait!

  • Bobby’s Robot

    He can direct me to do anything he wants me to. sigh.

  • Bendo

    I want him to direct me. In bed.

  • rachel

    He’s obviously not directing her in this photo. Talk about a misleading headline.

    • Mike

      Talk about taking things a smidge too seriously.

      • Mike

        And it IS a rehearsal shot. And John Hamm IS the director of the episode. So what’s to say they’re not laughing at the direction he’s giving? Or that the laughing IS the direction? That was me following your lead on taking it too seriously. :-)

      • Ellen

        Well, Albert Pujols’ impending free agency IS serious :)

    • Bill

      Did you not read the article,he is directing the first episode.

    • Krissy

      Not directing her????? Do you know what directing is? It isn’t just telling people where to go, it is also working them through the nuances of a scene.

    • Missy

      This is definitely not a “first look at season 5″

  • Tally

    Has anyone else been squeezing in Season 1 – 4 marathons to stave off the hunger pains? I forgot how incredible those first episodes were…

    • Karate Pants

      Yes, DVRing my way thru AMC’s three episodes every Sunday – great stuff and a suitable bandaid until the return of the series.

      • Matt

        Karate Pants, do you have netflix? Every season is on there right now. You can stream in HD, too.

      • Karate Pants

        I canceled it when they jacked up the rates (you know, it’s the principle of the thing). But I do feel an Arrested Development bender calling, so if that becomes powerful enough to compromise my principles, I’ll be swimming in Draper charm.
        I sort of like the 3-a-week pacing of the AMC reruns too, though.

    • Dionna

      I have it in my Netflix streaming queue. Did Season 1 all day Sunday. Why do they take so long between seasons!!

      • marty

        After Netflix fizzled, I started getting my fix through the public library. Just to think I could get an entire season in my hands at one time made my knees weak. Now waiting for season 4.

    • Mandy

      Agreed! the first season is intense. I started re-watching season two, finished season four and went back to the beginning. Great point of view for character and story development. I will always love Don Draper- the original Mr. Bigg.

  • Rebecca

    Why does he always look drunk?

    • Matt

      LoL, with the stubble and shirt untucked? I’m not sure I’d go as far as you, but yes, I think we’re spoiled seeing him as urbane Don Draper all the time. I hate it when his hair is on his forehead.

      • didireaux

        Ha! I hate his hair on his forehead too! How dare Hamm kill off Don’s suavity on his own time?!

  • Matt W.

    Has there been official premier date yet? I can’t wait for it to come back!

  • Jack

    Is Hamm wearing a Red Sox hat? Please tell me he is part of Red Sox Nation! GO SOX!

    • Sock

      He is indeed!

    • Alix

      He really IS perfect!!!

    • Nanners

      It’s probably a Cardinals hat, since he’s from St. Louis and a fan.

    • Jill

      it’s a st. louis cardinals hat, sadly

      • FB

        Are you sure?…it’s hard to tell in this pic, but that looks like a Red Sox hat.

      • Ellen

        FB, since he made the remark about Albert Pujols, a Cardinals player, I assumed that it was a St. Louis hat. I could be wrong, though. As long as it’s not a Yankees cap…

      • Krissy

        He’s from St. Louis.

  • Zoe

    I found out the other day that Elisabeth Moss is a $cientologist. Gross.

    • lilian

      I love her to pieces, but this kind of spoils it for me. It shouldn’t though.

      • James

        Yes it should. She’s a member of a violent cult that steals from people.

      • Krissy

        You could say the same about anyone in organized religion, like Catholism etc.

    • MJ

      Holy Xenu!!! I am SO disappointed to hear that Elisabeth Moss is an idiot! You can kill off Peggy Olson now.

    • Cleetus

      Doesn’t matter what religion she is. I’d still bang her

  • Therese

    Premiere on March 16th 2012 — only 7 short months!

    • sally

      It’s going to premiere on a friday?

    • Karate Pants

      What? I didn’t realize that had been released. I was hoping for January.

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