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
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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
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
“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
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‘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
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.
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
Over 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…
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.
Fans of Mad Men should know by now that the protracted renegotiation over the show’s future on AMC had nothing to do with the drama’s delayed premiere — but creator Matthew Weiner said the perception still remains that he was, in part, to blame.
In an online interview, Weiner talks about how it was always the plan to debut the fifth season in 2012 but rumors were circulated during the protracted talks that suggested otherwise. “What was interesting in the middle of it, as a tactic, they [AMC] told the public the show was going to be delayed through the non-cast negotiations and that was not true,” Weiner tells his sister and freelancer journalist Allison Hope Weiner. “I was trying to get the show on. And I said it wasn’t true. They have since said it wasn’t true. It was irreversible.” READ FULL STORY
Settle in with your Old Fashioneds, my friends, because we’ve still got a long wait until Mad Men returns to our TV screens. Until then, three new pictures of stars Jon Hamm, John Slattery, and Vincent Kartheiser on set have emerged. And let me tell you, that Don Draper can lean with the best of ‘em. (What can’t that man do?) See more pics of the Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce crew after the jump. READ FULL STORY
. She’s not as approachable as the others. She’s really serious about what she does. Everyone else is so nice.”
Jones’ rep has not immediately responded to EW’s request for comment. Looks like Sally isn’t the only young Draper who’s Team Don. Kids say the darndest things!
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