In season 5 of Mad Men, Gilmore Girls‘s Alexis Bledel played a sad suburban housewife that Pete Campbell couldn’t resist. Last season, Don Draper had an affair with his neighbor’s wife, played by Freaks and Geeks star Linda Cardellini. So it made some sense that last night, during the season premiere of Mad Men, the mysterious beauty who shared a red-eye flight with Don was played by none other than Neve Campbell — also known as the star of Party of Five. If Don Draper doesn’t have a specific type, Matthew Weiner does. READ FULL STORY
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In typical Mad Men fashion, this just-released first-look teaser of the Madison Avenue drama’s upcoming seventh season is purposefully, extremely vague.
The clip — which lasts a mere 15 seconds — shows Don Draper (Jon Hamm), looking his usual dapper self in suit and hat, disembarking a TWA jet in slow-mo, while Wax Tailor’s jazzy version of “Que Sera” plays in the background.
Inevitably, we’re still left with questions. Where has Don landed? Where did he come from? Has he returned to Sterling Cooper & Partners after being ousted in the season finale? Where’s Megan?
We’ll have to speculate until Mad Men returns April 13 on AMC. READ FULL STORY
When Tina Fey and Amy Poehler took over Entertainment Weekly for this week’s issue, they made sure to slip in a little self-promotion (what did you expect from those broads?). Aside from the duo’s gig hosting the Golden Globes, Fey’s next big project is a fall sitcom starring Ellie Kemper, written and produced with her 30 Rock collaborator Robert Carlock, so Fey wanted to shine a spotlight on the Office alum. She did it in typically fun fashion, asking Jon Hamm — Kemper’s onetime drama teacher — to interview the actress for the issue.
Yup, you read that right: After graduating college, the Mad Men star returned to his St. Louis prep school to teach drama, and one of his ninth-grade students happened to be the future funnywoman. When she moved to Los Angeles, Kemper cold-called her former teacher, by then already a TV star, and he helped her network and came out to see her one-woman comedy show. Things have clearly worked out for the Missourians — they even starred together in 2011′s Bridesmaids — and their familiar rapport throughout the half-hour conversation was delightful.
You can check out this week’s issue for more of their chat, but this tidbit — in which three-time Saturday Night Live host Hamm jokingly plots out Kemper’s Studio 8H debut — was a highlight.
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If you somehow managed to ignore its title and skip the first two episodes of the Adult Swim comedy series The Greatest Event in Television History, then don’t fret: You’re going to have another chance at greatness on Nov. 7 at midnight when part 3 premieres. Executive producer and costar Adam Scott called on pals Jon Hamm and Amy Poehler, respectively, for the first two episodes which document the hilarious behind-the-scenes birthing pains of the title event: shot-by-shot recreations of the opening sequences for the TV series Simon & Simon and Hart to Hart.
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We are only two episodes away from the season 5 finale of Childrens Hospital, which means… that there are only three episodes left in the season! Wait a sec, that wasn’t the cool news we were supposed to tell you… Oh, right! It’s time for Jon Hamm’s annual visit! In tonight’s episode (Adult Swim, midnight), the Mad Men star (briefly) reprises his role as Derrick – the illegitimate son of hospital founder Arthur Childrens — who is undercover in drag as the beautiful Dr. Valerie Flame (Malin Akerman). READ FULL STORY
Mad Men is a series that traffics in secrets, both onscreen (Don Draper’s increasingly less obscured past) and behind the scenes (creator Matt Weiner’s famous reluctance to reveal any information about what’s coming next). But though the show’s sixth season featured plenty of unanticipated shocks, its two biggest both involved one top-secret new character: Linda Cardellini’s Sylvia Rosen, a bored housewife who a) had an affair with Jon Hamm’s Don (gasp!) which led to b) Sally Draper (Kiernan Shipka) discovering her father cheating on his wife (double gasp!!).
It was an undeniably juicy guest role — which is why the Emmy Awards honored Cardellini with her very first nomination this morning. The actress, best known previously for her work on Freaks and Geeks, is understandably over the moon: “It feels amazing!” she gushed to EW today. “When I started the part, I didn’t know what it was I would be doing. And so having it unfold the way it did was amazing. And the idea that she is sort of a catalyst for all these things that happen in Don’s life — it became such a great role. So that happening, and now this on top of all that, it’s really a dream.”
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As it turns out, parties at Jon Hamm’s house are just as awesome as you’ve always dreamed they would be. “It was just like, really crazy famous people everywhere,” Bill Hader says, describing a shindig that the Mad Men star hosted after emceeing the ESPYS last night.
“For about an hour, it felt like a Vanity Fair Oscar party: ‘Oh, there’s Tom Cruise talking to Ben Affleck, and there’s Eric… Schmidt. You know?” Hader says, laughing. (No, we do not know.) “And you’re just kind of hugging the food area, standing there with some hors d’oeuvres, just like, ‘Oh my God, there’s a lot of people here.’”
As the father of two young kids, Hader is usually a homebody — but he attended the post-ESPYS party yesterday on a whim: “I was like, ‘I got nothing. I don’t have to wake up early tomorrow.’”
Little did he know how wrong he was. READ FULL STORY
Yes, friends, that’s Larry David.
And, yes, that’s Jon Hamm as Time magazine’s Person of the Year.
The pieces of this strange puzzle come together in David’s upcoming HBO film Clear History. (That’s the official poster above, being premiered exclusively on EW.com.)
In the movie, which debuts Aug. 10, David plays an executive who loses out on extreme wealth after prematurely walking away from what would become a billion dollar stake in the company for which he once worked. Years later, with nothing to show for his life — not even hair — David’s character sets out to get even with the man who DID get rich (Hamm).
Tomorrow morning, come back to InsideTV for a look at some exclusive character posters from the flick, featuring Kate Hudson, Michael Keaton, and more.
During an appearance this morning on LIVE with Kelly and Michael, Jon Hamm announced that he will be hosting the 2013 ESPYS.
“The ESPYS is designed to showcase the year’s best sports moments in a sharp, fun and entertaining manner and Jon’s the perfect host for this year’s show. His appearances on shows like 30 Rock and SNL show that humor and creativity are two of his main strengths,” ESPYS executive producer Maura Mandt said in a statement. “The combination of Jon’s dry wit with his passion for sports will give fans a unique and original view of the year in sports.”
The 2013 ESPYS will air live on ESPN on July 17 at 9 p.m. ET from Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. Previous hosts for the show have included Justin Timberlake, Seth Meyers, and Samuel L. Jackson. READ FULL STORY
SPOILER ALERT! This post contains information about key plot points in the season premiere of Mad Men. If you haven’t watched Sunday’s episode, continue at your own risk.
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Hey, sad Don Draper. You’re at a bar. You’re alone. You’re perhaps disappointed with your young wife’s recent decisions. Enter: Attractive Woman. “Are you alone?” she asks coyly. Cut to black.
The last image of Mad Men’s fifth season is a hard one to forget. Though we don’t know anything concrete about what decision Don made that night, opening the door for another affair was at turns dismaying, ominous, and so familiar. And it’s hard not to trace it back to Megan and some sort of undefined, fundamental disconnect in their relationship. There aren’t enough martinis in the world to make Jon Hamm, Jessica Paré, and series creator Matthew Weiner talk about season 6 specifics. But EW did talk with them about Don and Megan, where the couple left off last season, and what they both wanted out the relationship.
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It’s been a long, skinny tie-less off-season for Mad Men watchers, full of moving still imagery and bizarre lawsuits. But no longer: This morning we bring you a full, 30-second teaser trailer for the sixth season, which is just two weeks off. What’s changed since last we saw Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce?
Creator Matthew Weiner is still playing his cards pretty close to the vest, opting to use clips from season 5 to set the mood. But it doesn’t look like anyone’s going to be happy — Don, particularly (burden of the American ethos on his shoulders, didn’t you hear?). But at least he has a cure for such marital not-so-bliss: “I am who I am. The next thing will be better.”
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