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'Mad Men': Christina Hendricks, January Jones, and Elisabeth Moss tease season 5

A lot has happened to you, dear readers, over the last year and a half. Perhaps a new haircut. A new drink of choice? A new significant other? But one thing is definitely missing from that list: new Mad Men. That all changes on March 25 when, after a 17-month wait, the fifth season of the Emmy-approved, ’60s-era, martinis-and-Madison-Avenue drama begins on AMC . This week’s issue of EW previews the coming action, and to help get you into the spirit(s), we shared some bonus quotes from the men of Mad Men here. Now it’s time to hear from the women: namely, Elisabeth Moss (Peggy), Christina Hendricks (Joan), and January Jones (Betty).

On the aftermath of Don’s proposal to Megan in the season 4 finale
HENDRICKS : “This is a proposal that was announced in the workplace. Of two people who work in the same office. It’s obviously going to affect everyone around them.”
MOSS: “I felt the same as Peggy and Joan did [in the finale], where you’re just like, ‘What?’ And feeling nervous about it, nervous about it for Don. Just knowing who he is, that he finally started to live something that was at least true to himself, as much as he was going down hard in this downward spiral all of season 4. Getting engaged again just felt like a quick solution, a Band-Aid. But that said, things are complicated and he fell in love. And when people fall in love quickly, it’s always surprising and you’re always a bit nervous about it.”

On the office dynamics at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce
MOSS: “The older generation is finding it more and more difficult to stay present and to stay relevant. And the new kids are coming up and they’ve got great ideas and they’ve got their finger on the pulse a little bit more. So obviously in any company there’s just going to come a time when the power shifts, and I definitely think that’s starting to happen in the company.”

On Peggy 
MOSS: “I’m just really proud of the person that she’s becoming. She’s developing a sharp sense of humor about life and about her business and about what she does. And this season for her is really, really, really about work…. There’s definitely a moment this season that I will be really, really interested to see what people’s reactions are. And that episode involved my favorite scene that I have ever done in the show.”

On fan reaction to frosty Betty
JONES: “For seasons 3 and 4, people were a little bit confused and felt a little bit more negatively toward her than they did in seasons 1 and 2. I think people liked Betty when she was submissive, unhappy and bottled up. It’s a character you can pity. Yes, she’s lacking parental skills, but people are really hard on her when she’s trying to seek out some things that make her happy. She is an imperfect character. She’s trying so hard and failing most of the time. And I don’t think you see that a lot…. I’m not going to defend the way she treats certain people. She’s got an emotional immaturity that makes a lot of her actions just stupefying to me as well, but at least she’s trying… I feel like I understand her more now than I did. I understand her moves, when she’s at least giving it a go, when she’s exploding with failure rather than imploding and doing nothing. I’ll defend her because I feel like some people aren’t seeing exactly what she’s trying to do.”

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'Mad Men': Jon Hamm, John Slattery, and Matthew Weiner dish on season 5

Martinis? Poured. Cigarettes? Lit. Anticipation? Killing us. In less than two weeks (March 25 to be exact), Mad Men returns to our living rooms. This week’s cover of EW takes you behind-the-scenes of AMC’s ‘60s-era drama — which centers on masterful ad exec Don Draper (Jon Hamm) and has claimed the Outstanding Drama Emmy four years running — to give you a preview of the fifth season and review of that prolonged 17-month hiatus. Below, we offer up a bunch of bonus quotes that you won’t find in the piece from many of Mad‘s main menincluding Hamm, John Slattery, Vincent Kartheiser, Jared Harris, and Rich Sommer, as well as series creator/exec producer Matthew Weiner. (We’ll hear from the women in part II.) READ FULL STORY

New 'Mad Men' trailer: Did you miss them?

Since the last Mad Men episode aired on television in 2010, all sorts of crazy things have happened: The Republican primaries, the rise of Adele, the year 2011. A new advertisement for the show’s return cheekily notes the passage of time by playing Wanda Jackson’s “Did You Miss Me” over scenes from Mad Men past. It doesn’t reveal anything about the plot of the new season, which means we still can’t confirm the rumors that this season of Mad Men will take place in an alternate-universe 1969 where Don Draper has to sell moon rocks to Martians. Watch the teaser below: READ FULL STORY

'Mad Men' ad angers families of 9/11 victims

It took 18 months for Mad Men to return for its long-awaited fifth season but only a few days for the critically acclaimed show to get into hot water. Family members of 9/11 victims are decrying a new phase of the show’s minimalist marketing imagery, reports the New York Times. The ads, which echo the show’s opening credits, show a man (protagonist Don Draper) falling into a white void. They have appeared in subways and on buses since mid-January, but a new series just recently began appearing on highly position billboards and building facades around New York City, prompting cries of insensitivity. Several family members of people lost in the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, told the Times the ads are offensive because they bring to mind the imagery of victims jumping from the Twin Towers on the day of the national tragedy. READ FULL STORY

'Mad Men' actors celebrate the 40th anniversary of 'The Godfather' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

With the Oscars fresh in everyone’s minds, AMC will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of an Academy classic — The Godfather — with back-to-back airings of the original Oscar-winning film and The Godfather: Part II all week long, beginning tonight.

AMC will air The Godfather on Monday and Wednesday at 8 p.m. and midnight (schedule accordingly, central-time zoners!), and The Godfather: Part II on Tuesday and Thursday at 8 p.m. and 12:30 a.m. The trilogy will then be aired in its entirety on Friday, March 2, from 9:30 a.m. through 10 p.m. The celebration culminates on Saturday with AMC’s premiere of the digitally-restored version of The Godfather Saga beginning at 10 a.m.

Check out the exclusive teasers below, featuring choice commentary from Jon Hamm, Vincent Kartheiser, and Jared Harris of Mad Men – you know, that other reason we watch AMC: READ FULL STORY

'Mad Men' unveils cryptic artsy season 5 ad -- PHOTO

You’ve seen the teaser ad, now here’s the official season 5 key art for Mad Men.

Cryptic, artsy and just a tad… pretentious, perhaps? You be the judge.

Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner compared the poster to the work of Italian artist Giorgio de Chirico, telling the New York Times, “this is a dreamlike image … a nonverbal representation of where my head is at and where the show will be … by the end of the season, I guarantee you’ll know what it is about.”

Check out the nonverbal representation below! READ FULL STORY

'Mad Men' scoop: First season 5 promo is here! -- EXCLUSIVE

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“Don is back.”

That’s the theme of the first teaser promo for the fifth season return of AMC’s Mad Men. The network plans to roll out a few different spots in the coming week highlighting various aspects of the awards-dominating drama, which is returning after nearly two years off the air. The kick-off spot focuses on Mr. Draper himself. Is there revealing new footage to give us insight into what season 5 is all about? Of couuuuurse not. But this will get you excited for the return of the show. Check it out below…  READ FULL STORY

Paul McCartney not joining 'Mad Men' (duh)

Wild rumor of the day: Paul McCartney will appear on AMC’s Mad Men in a cameo.

The UK paper The Sun reported the music legend is in talks to appear on the show’s fifth season. “It’s perfect timing because his new music suits the program perfectly,” an anonymous source told the publication, which ran a story headlined “Sir Paul McCartney will have a cameo role on hit TV show Mad Men.” “Action in the show has now reached the Swinging Sixties. So it’s only right that the man who was pivotal to the era is involved in the show.”

Sources close to the show insist there’s no truth to it. Though McCartney is a huge name, the stunt casting would be rather distracting and off-brand for a drama that prides itself on avoiding gimmicks. (Plus it would just be weird: McCartney playing another character on a period drama when Young Paul and The Beatles were at their peak).

A Mad Men source added, however, “Sir Paul is welcome to stop by any time as he’s beloved by the show as he is everywhere around the world.”

'Mad Men' season 5 minimalist teaser ad: Would Don Draper approve?

Mad Men‘s season 5 teaser poster is about as minimalist as you can possibly imagine. I mean, first think of a blank page. Then keep thinking about about a blank page. There, you’ve almost got it. The poster does get the point across though — the acclaimed drama will return March 25 (with a two-hour premiere too). See the pic below and tell us what you think. Would Don Draper approve of this ad? READ FULL STORY

'Mad Men' will return to AMC on...

After an interminable break, a date has finally emerged for the return of Mad Men.

Star Jon Hamm said in a recent interview that the Emmy-winning series will return for a fifth season on March 25.

AMC would not confirm or deny Hamm’s statement.

In November, creator Matt Weiner explained that the protracted renegotiation over the show’s future on AMC had nothing to do with the drama’s delayed premiere to 2012 but the perception still remains that he was, in part, to blame.

 

Should old TV acquaintance be forgot? Never! -- Your New Year's Day TV marathons guide

Don’t worry, TV watchers. We know you probably had a rough night last night. We know you might just want to kick-start your New Year’s resolution from the comfort of your couch, and we’re here to help. Below, a guide to the shows on hand and the resolutions that you could adopt while watching, from a Star Wars threepeat to The Three Stooges, from Mad Men to Murder, She Wrote, and everything in between.  READ FULL STORY

Thanksgiving weekend TV: Your one-stop shop to the best of the rest marathons

spongebobOver your turkey hangover yet? No? Good. You may have thought the holiday marathons would end with today’s televised deluge, but you would be wrong. We roll out the best of the rest below, including Spongebob, Battlestar, Mad Men, Glee, and, yes, the Kardashians. We’re talking wall-to-wall weekend television, people. Keep reading…

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'Mad Men' actress to guest on 'Don't Trust The B--- in Apartment 23' -- EXCLUSIVE

James Van Der Beek is going to be a father… to Sally Draper!

EW has learned exclusively that Mad Men actress Kiernan Shipka is set to guest on ABC’s Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23 as herself. The storyline finds Van Der Beek (who plays himself on the midseason show) signing on to do a movie playing a single dad after learning Shipka will co-star.

Shipka is the latest of several actors set to appear as themselves on the show, which does not yet have a premiere date. Previously, Kevin Sorbo and Dean Cain were also announced as guest stars.

Read more:
ABC’s ‘Apartment 23′ restores original bitchy title
‘Apartment 23′ scoop: Kevin Sorbo and Dean Cain to guest-star as themselves — EXCLUSIVE

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