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'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.

'Mad Men' Creator Matthew Weiner Says Peggy Olson Will Be Back For Season 6

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 26, 2012 6:45 PM
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Of the handful of enduring questions remaining from the end of the excellent fifth season of "Mad Men," perhaps the biggest surrounded the fate of Peggy Olson, played by Elisabeth Moss. Having had enough of being overlooked and ill-treated at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce (RIP), she jumped to a new job at Cutler Gleason and Chaough, which many figured meant Peggy's arc was done. And indeed, her brief appearance in the season finale seemed like a farewell, with her meeting Don who declared he was proud of her, before she left to go on the road for her job. But there is still more Peggy to come in season six.

The Playlist Predicts The 2012 Emmy Nominations

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 18, 2012 1:16 PM
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Yeah, yeah, yeah, "The Dark Knight Rises", blah blah blah. Friday might be the day that many movie-watchers have been waiting for for four years, but tomorrow sees one of the biggest points of the year for watchers of the small screen; namely, the announcement of the Emmy nominations.

Elisabeth Moss Talks The Future Of Peggy Olson On 'Mad Men'; Says "Peggy Will Always Be A Part Of Don's Life"

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • June 26, 2012 10:48 AM
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If there’s one show that abides strictly to the current sentiment that television is fast becoming (or is already) more mature, dramatic, and well-made than mainstream films, many would agree that it would have to be AMC’s Matthew Weiner-created “Mad Men.” With the series just wrapping up its fifth season, leaving the future of many of the series’ long-running characters in doubt, one particular actress has spoken out about the fate of her character on the series. Caution, spoilers ahead!

The Playlist's Picks: Best TV Shows Of The 2011/2012 Season

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 13, 2012 2:52 PM
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While the summer is an excuse for the movie studios to roll out their biggest offerings, television executives are much more afraid of warm weather, leaving the television dial mostly as a wasteland of repeats and reality shows. As such, the TV season essentially gets underway in September, and runs through to May (with cable dramas occasionally moving the goalposts a little either way -- "Breaking Bad" starts in July, "The Newsroom" next week).

You Only Live Twice: We Look Towards The Future As 'Mad Men' Wraps Up A Phenomenal Season 5

  • By Cory Everett
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  • June 12, 2012 9:59 AM
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The fifth season of AMC's "Mad Men" came to a close Sunday night, wrapping up what has been arguably among its strongest seasons yet. No small feat considering the show has taken home four consecutive Emmys for Best Drama and been proclaimed one of the best shows on TV by nearly every critic reviewing the medium. After a run of 13 almost uniformly excellent episodes, it becomes harder to remember that this season had gotten off to a rocky start. When the network decided to pull the show out of its summer slot to make room for the other best show on TV ("Breaking Bad"), fans had to endure a brutal 17-month wait. Contract negotiations between creator Matthew Weiner and the studio were made public and gave both the network and creator some negative buzz to overcome.

The Long And Winding Licensing Road To Sunday's 'Mad Men' Beatles Appearance

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • May 9, 2012 12:01 PM
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Any mention of the Beatles in popular media also comes replete with tales of conflict, blocked licensing rights, and frustration for those in pursuit of a few seconds of material. Master recordings of the group are considered an impossible goal, and on Sunday's “Mad Men” episode entitled “Lady Lazarus,” the group's inaccessibility even stood as a point of frustration for the characters. However, near the episode's end, as Don Draper (Jon Hamm) struck up “Tomorrow Never Knows” -- the original, not a cover -- while listening to Revolver, the moment carried with it a long history for creator/show-runner Matthew Weiner in the creation of those thirty seconds.

When Is Everything Going To Get Back To Normal? Taking A Look At The Upcoming Season Of 'Mad Men'

  • By Cory Everett
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  • March 27, 2012 3:42 PM
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After an unendurable 17 month hiatus, “Mad Men” returned Sunday night with an epic 2 hour season premiere and its biggest ratings ever. If you have somehow shielded yourself from the buzz, the 4 time Emmy-winning Best Drama takes a look at the lives of employees of an advertising agency in New York throughout the 60s amidst social and political upheaval. After binging on 10 episodes Sunday afternoon as a refresher, this writer is convinced it’s easily the best show on TV and probably one of the finest dramas ever forged. (If you haven’t, seriously, it’s on Netflix Instant. You’re welcome.) The show is the creation of former “The Sopranos” writer Matthew Weiner, whose uncompromising vision extends to every aspect of the show including the way it’s marketed. In order to preserve the experience for fans of the show, Weiner won’t allow any spoilers prior to the season premiere. This includes incidental details like the year it takes place or which characters will be returning and means that commercials feature only footage from previous seasons and interviewers have to find clever ways to get even the vaguest hints about what might be coming up on the show.

New Images & A Poster For 'Mad Men' Season 5

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • March 14, 2012 9:23 AM
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There's nothing worse than that feeling just after the season finale of your favorite television show. Your anticipation for that final episode has been building for weeks, but when it's over, in comes that crushing feeling that you'll be without the show and the characters you love for many months ahead. For those whose favorite show is "Mad Men," that sentiment must have soon turned into agony when contract negotiations stretched out the series' absence from the usual 9 months to an almost unbearable 18 months.
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