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Mad Men: Waiting for Season Four

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood June 21, 2010 at 8:50AM

I know there are other things I should have been doing this weekend, like tracking down new indies at LAFF, finishing my taxes, viewing some of the screeners piled on my coffee table, or catching up with my backlog of unwritten posts. But I did watch the last four episodes of Mad Men season three--partly because the Emmy nominations are coming up July 31 (will the show beat last year's 16 noms and two wins, including best drama?). But also because season four is looming. And I am looking forward to seeing the next installment of Mad Men (debuting on July 25 on AMC) almost as much as Chris Nolan's Inception.
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Thompson on Hollywood

I know there are other things I should have been doing this weekend, like tracking down new indies at LAFF, finishing my taxes, viewing some of the screeners piled on my coffee table, or catching up with my backlog of unwritten posts. But I did watch the last four episodes of Mad Men season three--partly because the Emmy nominations are coming up July 31 (will the show beat last year's 16 noms and two wins, including best drama?). But also because season four is looming. And I am looking forward to seeing the next installment of Mad Men (debuting on July 25 on AMC) almost as much as Chris Nolan's Inception.

Why is Mad Men so alluring? Part of the fascination is that it's a detailed cultural portrait of Manhattan in the years after my father and mother moved there in their 20s. They were Ivy League-educated and attractive and thought they held the world by the tail. My father was a social, jazz-loving, hard-drinking, Kool-smoking man who loved women; my mother was pregnant with me before she graduated from college, and gave birth to my brother three years later. My clueless parents broke up within five years--and decades later, each succumbed to smoking-related cancer. It was the period.

Judging from the photos on the jump, I suspect the show jumps ahead a few years from the end of the last episode.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.