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Watch: 55-Minute Talk With Matthew Weiner, Aaron Sorkin & More Showrunners About Violence, Their Hit Shows & More

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • June 11, 2013 10:37 AM
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With the surplus of quality series currently on cable television, there are also the notable names and personalities behind them -- “Mad Men” and Matthew Weiner, D.B. Weiss and “Game of Thrones,” Aaron Sorkin and “The Newsroom.” All are articulate, enjoyable, and insightful, and thanks to the coming Emmy season, a roundtable with them and others has hit the web.

Discuss: Is 'The Sopranos' The Best Written Show Of All Time? The WGA Thinks So

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 3, 2013 10:17 AM
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You've heard it time and again over the past few years or so, but we're living in a pretty great time for television. While of course HBO and AMC are leading the charge, with a fantastic slate of original programming, bringing talent and budgets that give big screen movies a run for their money, even network fare is getting more ambitious and daring (see NBC's "Hannibal," recently renewed for a second season). But is this really the best television has had to offer in the history of the medium? Or are we forgetting the decades of great programming that came before?

Even Bernardo Bertolucci Thinks American TV Is Better Than American Movies These Days

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • May 29, 2013 10:18 AM
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Legendary filmmaker Bernardo Bertolucci was recently honored by the American Academy in Rome with the McKim Award. The man behind films such as “Last Tango in Paris,” “The Last Emperor,” and “The Dreamers” has been active in the film industry for over 50 years now and after receiving the prestigious award, spoke of his love for American culture from when he was very young as well as the disappointment he feels regarding the state of Hollywood today. It’s a sentiment that’s been echoed quite often by other filmmakers lately, but perhaps more amusing to learn is Bertolucci’s penchant for recent American television.

Review: 'Mad Men' Returns With A Confident 2-Hour Premiere That Proves It's Still The Best Show On TV

  • By Cory Everett
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  • April 7, 2013 11:00 PM
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At this point, few would argue that "Mad Men" doesn't deserve to be listed as one of the greatest television shows of the modern age, but what not many have considered until now (perhaps for fear of jinxing it) is that if it continues to be as strong as it has been, it may just top them all. Now entering its sixth season, fans of the show have been holding their breath wondering if creator Matt Weiner and co. can possibly keep this up. After all, not many shows have been able to maintain this kind of quality and consistency this far into their run. Even hall-of-famers "The Sopranos" and "The Wire" started to falter a bit by season 5, but so far "Mad Men" hasn't lost a step.

Prepare For The Return Of 'Mad Men' With New Featurette & Photos From Season 6

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • April 3, 2013 9:03 AM
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With each successive season, “Mad Men” and its creator Matthew Weiner have grown more secretive in their slowly tightening grip on Don Draper (Jon Hamm) and his personal and professional affairs. So far, nothing has changed with season six a mere few days before its premiere, but a quick featurette and some photos have dropped to get excitement rolling all over again.

You Can Keep Asking, But Matthew Weiner Isn't Bringing Back Sal On 'Mad Men'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 28, 2013 2:00 PM
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In case you weren't aware, the sixth season of "Mad Men" is mere weeks away, which means everyone at the office is going to be talking about the latest escapades of Don Draper until you want to burn your computer down when the inevitable cocktail theme party Evite arrives. But oddly enough, one long-axed character from the show continues to endure: Sal. Played by Bryan Batt, he was the lovable, flaming (and closeted) illustrator who was shockingly fired from Sterling Cooper during season three, never to appear on the show again. And while some continue to hold out hope he'll be back, don't count on it.

Check Out 'Mad Men' Season 6 Poster Designed By Veteran Ad Man Brian Sanders

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 11, 2013 4:27 PM
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You would think for a show that revels in the bygone advertising era fuelled by cigarette smoke and sex, "Mad Men" would've had the lightning bolt to maybe grab someone from that time and do a little artwork for them. But for whatever reason, it's taken them until season six, but the results speak for themselves.

Watch: Teaser For 'Mad Men' Season 6 Promises "Affair Of The Year" Plus New Pics From 'Game Of Thrones' Season 3

  • By India Ross
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  • March 5, 2013 10:41 AM
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Waiting for “Mad Men” to return is probably about as tedious and dispiriting as being married to Pete Campbell. After a juggernaut fifth season that pretty much benched the rest of non-“Breaking Bad” television, we’ve been laboring through a small-screen dry spell with only Lena Dunham to keep the party alive (a smooth bit of scheduling from HBO that ensured “Girls” an unwavering spotlight).

'Mad Men' Returns April 7th, Creator Matthew Weiner Confirms It Will Be The Second To Last Season

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 23, 2013 9:19 AM
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You have to wonder if AMC might be getting slightly worried. This summer will see "Breaking Bad" say goodbye as the second half of the final season airs bringing a conclusion to the adventures of Walt and Jesse, and in the spring "Mad Men" beings to roll to its finale too. Creator Matthew Weiner has confirmed that season six will be the penultimate batch of episodes until he wraps things up with season seven. As devoted fans of the show know, intense negotiations took place between Weiner, AMC and Lionsgate to get him back for season five, and it was already rumored the show was headed to a conclusion, and indeed our time with Don Draper is now nearing an end. But don't think that Weiner is going to hold all the good stuff until season seven.

'The Dark Knight Rises' Makes AFI's Top 10 Of The Year, But No Sign Of 'The Master'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 10, 2012 3:36 PM
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More rankings! As Oscar prognosticators puzzle, fret and worry over each top ten list that drops, a few patterns are becoming clear -- firstly, everyone loves "Zero Dark Thirty." And secondly, it looks like outside of a couple of categories, Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" won't be making much of a mark on the Oscar race. And indeed, the AFI shut it out entirely.

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