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Matthew Weiner reveals Peggy's fate on 'Mad Men'

There were several jaw-dropping plot twists on the most recent season of Mad Men, but the one that arguably left fans dangling the most was the exit of Peggy Olson (Elisabeth Moss) from Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce. Just about every other character on the show who has left Don Draper’s ad agency has either never been heard from again, or revisited in a one-off episode and then rarely to never heard from again. Peggy, by contrast, had been such an integral part of the show’s exploration of the 1960s that the thought of completely losing her — and the Emmy-nominated Moss — had some fans in a wee bit of a snit. (Of course, Moss’ appearance in the final moments of the season finale certainly suggested that Peggy’s story was not complete, but why let that get in the way of wild speculation?)

Well, worry no more! READ FULL STORY

Emmy Awards: Jared Harris calls 'Mad Men' nod a 'thrill'

It’s an understatement to say Jared Harris’ character Lane had one tough year on Mad Men. (Spoiler Alert for those who haven’t seen the fifth season!) Lane’s season-long struggle culminated in his devastating final episode that saddened both the Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce crew, and fans who’ll have to adjust to a Pryce-less show when Mad Men returns.

A bright spot: Harris’ incredible work was noticed when, in addition to several other award nominations for Mad Men, the actor received an Emmy nod for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama. Harris got on the phone with EW from Wales to talk about Lane, his castmates’ work, and saying goodbye.

JARED HARRIS: I’m very excited! What a thrill; what a surprise.

How did you find out this morning?
I’m actually in Wales, visiting a friend of my Dad’s down here in Wales and I was actually cooking him lunch and a phone call came through and my girlfriend answered the phone, and she jumped up and down shrieking with joy, and then I got on the phone and I promptly forgot about the food I was cooking. READ FULL STORY

Emmy Watch: 'Mad Men' creator Matthew Weiner breaks down his favorite scene

Between now and June 28, the deadline for Emmy voters to return nomination ballots, is running a series called Emmy Watch, featuring highlight clips and interviews with actors, producers, and writers whom EW TV critic Ken Tucker has on his wish list for the nominations announcement on July 19.

It feels like almost a foregone conclusion that Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner would submit “Far Away Places” for writing consideration. For one, it’s likely the most structurally daring hour of television we’ll see this year, a triptych of stories that take place over the course of a single day, interweaving and folding back on themselves with elegance and an almost outrageous narrative confidence. And at the center of it all is Roger Sterling’s first acid trip, a calmly psychotropic journey that results in a moment of clarity for both Roger and his young wife, Jane, where they carry each other to the realization that their marriage is over. For a show where people rarely say what they mean, even if they mean what they say, it was a surprising and touching moment of openness and mutual respect. Here Matthew Weiner discusses why this is the scene he’s proudest of, as well as a whole lot of other elements of Mad Men‘s stellar season.


Emmy Watch: John Slattery talks about his 'Mad Men' LSD trip

Between now and June 28, the deadline for Emmy voters to return nomination ballots, is running a series called Emmy Watch, featuring highlight clips and interviews with actors, producers, and writers whom EW TV critic Ken Tucker has on his wish list for the nominations announcement on July 19.

As any Mad Men fan will tell you, any scene with Roger Sterling (John Slattery) has the potential for brilliance or at least a one-liner that you’ll be quoting for the next week. But no episode was more full of stellar Sterling moments than “Far Away Places,” or, as you probably know it, “The LSD Episode.”


InsideTV Podcast: Cat Deeley's 'Top Model' dreams Taylor Hicks? Plus: 'Mad Men' preview

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Cat Deeley has always been one of our favorite reality show hosts, so it was no surprise when Fox decided to double their pleasure and double their fun by having the affable Brit act as master of ceremonies for not one but two summer shows: So You Think You Can Dance and the network’s new celebrity dating experiment, The Choice. Somehow, Deeley managed to find the time to stop by the InsideTV Podcast to answer our burning questions. Jessica Shaw and I grill Deeley on what other reality shows she’d like to host (see the headline for a clue), the celebrity Choice contestant she’d most want to date (again, see the headline), and how she feels about So You Think You Can Dance airing just once a week. We get to the bottom of why Cat wants to shoot her own face off (seriously), and she tells us why people should not take The Choice too seriously.

We also call in EW’s own Dan Snierson to chat about the whoring and hanging going down on Mad Men. Dan was on set of the AMC drama for the pivotal scenes where the firm landed Jaguar and Peggy asked to speak privately with Don to quit, and he tells us how much he did — and did not — know. We also discuss the future of Don and Megan as well as when we may see Peggy again as we look ahead to Mad Men’s season finale on Sunday night. READ FULL STORY

AMC enlists 'Mad Men' in Dish fight -- PHOTO

AMC has enlisted Don Draper in its carriage battle against Dish TV. The network will run this full-page ad in the Wall Street Journal tomorrow (below), smacking the satellite service for its threat to remove AMC from its channel lineup.

Dish and AMC Networks (which includes AMC, WE, IFC and Sundance) are in a nasty fight over a distribution contract that expires at the end of June. Dish recently moved the company’s channel locations into the Siberian nether regions of its listings. It seems pretty unlikely Sunday’s Mad Men finale will be impacted by the standoff, but the Breaking Bad fifth season premiere that’s set for July 15 is fair game. Don’t get too worried, though — these types of public distribution clashes tend to result in last-minute resolutions. Here’s the ad: READ FULL STORY

Jared Harris talks about last night's shocking 'Mad Men'

If you’re a Mad Men fan, you’re probably still in shock — or denial — about last night’s devastating penultimate episode of season 5. SPOILER ALERT! EW joined a conference call with Jared Harris this afternoon to find out when Harris discovered his time at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce was done, to discuss his favorite Lane Pryce moments, and of course, to talk about that grisly scene.

After the table read for episode 10, Weiner pulled Harris aside.  “[Matthew Weiner] said, ‘Let’s go up to my office,’ which I knew wasn’t a good sign, and then he offered me incredibly expensive brandy, and then I knew this wasn’t going to go well,” Harris says. “And he said, ‘I have something I want to talk to you about,’ and I said, ‘Uh oh. This doesn’t sound good,’ and he said, ‘No, it’s not. I’m really sorry.’  But he explained why he wanted to do [the suicide], and he’d been building up to it throughout the season, and from an acting point of view it was to my benefit to go out with a bang rather than a whimper.” READ FULL STORY

Ben Feldman talks 'Mad Men': 'You stand in the elevator next to Jon Hamm, and he's 35 feet taller than you'

Last night’s episode of Mad Men brought to the foreground the generational culture clash between iconic mid-century superman Don Draper and Michael Ginsberg, the up-and-coming Jewish copywriter played by Ben Feldman. We caught up with Feldman today to ask a simple question: How does it feel to be trying to out-Draper Draper? “It’s imposing,” the actor laughs, “especially when you stand in the elevator next to Jon Hamm, and he’s 35 feet taller than you.” READ FULL STORY

InsideTV Podcast: Are you Team Betty or Team Megan on 'Mad Men'? Plus: The big 'Community' spat and 'Shark Tank' tips

Whoa! What the heck happened to the former Betty Draper (now Betty Francis)? And who knew Megan Draper could sing? Or clean while half-naked? These were a few of the big questions raised after the first few episodes of Mad Men’s 5th season. And now Dan Snierson and I discuss and debate the other pertinent question everyone must ask him- or herself: Team Betty or Team Megan? Megan is looking pretty good right now, and Betty…well, not so good. But which is the best woman for Don (and for viewers)? We tackle that topic and more on the latest edition of the InsideTV Podcast. Was January Jones’ fat suit a stroke of genius or just plain distracting? Is Roger on the outs at the firm? And when are we gonna get more Cosgrove? We’ll talk all that and more (including Dan’s somewhat futile attempts to get show creator Matt Weiner to spill the beans on plot details).

Then we turn our attention to the big public Community spat between star Chevy Chase and creator Dan Harmon. Do off-screen shenanigans impact the on-screen enjoyment of the show? What should they do with Pierce if Chevy leaves the program? And who’s the most important character the comedy cannot afford to lose? (The Community portion of the podcast starts at 12:20.)

You think we’re done. But we’re not! Next, Dan and I take a dip in the Shark Tank to talk about all the infuriating things people do while negotiating with the investors. We offer a Public Service Announcement to said knuckleheads and offer up some negotiating rules that should be followed to the letter. (Shark Tank chat begins at 19:15)

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'Mad Men' star Jessica Paré on angry floor sex, Matt Weiner, and Megan vs. Betty

Whether you love her or loathe her, there’s no denying that Megan Draper — née Calvet — is going to play a huge role in Mad Men‘s fifth season. Luckily, actress Jessica Paré is up to the challenge — even though, initially, she had no idea that Megan would become such a pivotal character.

“I didn’t know what I was auditioning for,” the French-Canadian actress told reporters this afternoon. “[The role] was vaguely described as ‘female brunette.’ “

Now, of course, that brunette has moved from SCDP’s front desk to Don Draper’s bedroom. But don’t think this means that the adman has achieved a happy ending. Paré notes that there will definitely be “friction” between Jon Hamm’s character and his young wife as Season 5 progresses. We got hints of that last night, most strikingly when the pair engaged in what one writer called “angry floor sex.” READ FULL STORY

'Mad Men' premiere ratings shatter records

After a 17-month absence, a heavy marketing campaign and a flood of adoring publicity, TV’s most critically acclaimed drama returned Sunday night to record ratings.

The fifth-season debut of AMC’s Mad Men delivered 3.5 million viewers for its two-hour premiere. That’s up 21 percent from 2010’s fourth-season premiere, which marked the show’s previous all-time high. Of those viewers, about 1.6 million were adults 18-49. The fourth season averaged about 2.4 million viewers, including DVR playback. Mad Men‘s first season averaged about 925,000 viewers.

Mad Men‘s production was postponed after a protracted renewal negotiation between the show’s creator Matthew Weiner, studio Lionsgate and network AMC. Was it worth the wait? EW’s Ken Tucker wrote: “Mad Men got off to a very slow start on Sunday night, as though daring you to become absorbed in it again, but as the two hours proceeded, the show launched at least four rather magnificent set-piece scenes that remind you not just how good the series can be, but also how different it is from anything else TV has seen…” click here to read the rest.

And what’s coming next? READ FULL STORY

'Mad Men': Rich Sommer discusses what's in store for Harry Crane

When it comes to the return of Mad Men, who better to discuss important television matters than the head of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce’s television department, Mr. Harry Crane — Rich Sommer? First matter at hand: Where will season 5 pick up after the loose ends of season 4?

“A little time has passed since the end of season 4,” Sommer teases to EW, but reassured, “A lot of the questions that people have from season 4 are answered pretty quickly.”

That doesn’t mean the air of intrigue that surrounds the characters, in their home lives and in the office, including the ambitious (sometimes overly so) Harry, will suddenly disappear in season 5. In fact, just the opposite. “A lot of why Harry is the way he is has to do with his personal life, so I think that’s always there in some way. I think almost everything that these characters do — Don, Roger, all those guys — is somehow driven by their work. Even their personal lives are clearly affected by it. You’ll definitely see that’s true for Harry as well,” Sommer says.

'Mad Men' changes premiere song after critics complain

Mad Men showrunner Matthew Weiner has always been a stickler for detail, but his latest bid for period accuracy is pretty stringent even by his own high standards.

Weiner is changing a song used in the upcoming fifth season premiere after critics who received early copies of the episode pointed out an apparent oversight: The track, Dusty Springfield’s 1967 tune “The Look of Love,” wasn’t released until six months after the episode takes place.

The writer-producer will use a different song instead. He sent this explanatory note to critics, which also doesn’t exactly hurt your relationship with the press: READ FULL STORY


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