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Emmy Watch: Flying Under Awards Radar, 'Mad Men' Still Soars

As the final season of "Mad Men" begins, freelancer Freddy Rumsen (Joel Murray) speeds through a sleek, cinematic pitch for Accutron watches, selling the fantasy of time harnessed, exploited, made beautiful. He's selling, in a sense, "Mad Men" itself. "It's not a timepiece," his tagline goes. "It's a conversation piece."
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • August 19, 2014 6:18 AM
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From 'Broad City' to 'Game of Thrones,' an Emmy Nominations Wish List

When the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences doles out Emmy nominations each summer, I often wake to the announcement like a naughty kid on Christmas Day: staring down a lump of coal. In that spirit, here's a wish list of gifts I hope to find under Emmy's tree Thursday morning in the major categories. I promise I've been very good this year.
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • July 7, 2014 7:15 AM
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Each TV Network Does Dramas Differently: Here's How

Thirty years ago, when I began writing episodic television, there were network dramas and syndicated shows. These days, when I’m teaching one-hour drama, that single catch-phrase encompasses everything that fits the time slot. But the explosion of different outlets means that one-size no longer fits all. Each type of network behaves differently. What follows is a taxonomy of the four major kinds of networks and how their shows differ from those on other kinds of networks.
  • By Terry Curtis Fox
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  • June 5, 2014 6:30 AM
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What Movie Was Don Watching on 'Mad Men' Last Night?

"Mad Men" loves a good arthouse film reference, and in the disorienting opening frames of last night's "Field Trip," the series dropped one of its most puzzling cinematic name-checks to date.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 28, 2014 11:42 AM
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Career Watch: As 'Mad Men' Enters Its Final Season, Can Jon Hamm Rebrand Himself as a Movie Star?

As "Mad Men" prepares to close shop, can Jon Hamm rebrand himself as a movie star?
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • April 14, 2014 6:05 AM
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Best of the Week: Jarmusch Ranked, Nic Cage's Soul Still Dances in 'Joe,' Ten Best 'Mad Men' Episodes & More

The top stories of the week from TOH!
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  • April 12, 2014 11:00 AM
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'Mad Men' Season 7 Begins: Everything You Need to Read and Watch Before Sunday's Premiere

With the seventh and final season premiere of "Mad Men" mere days -- or its first half, anyway -- catch up with Sterling Cooper & Partners this weekend by binge-watching the sixth season, now available to stream on Netflix. Here's what you need to know, read and watch before season seven hits AMC on April 13.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 11, 2014 4:59 PM
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The Top Ten 'Mad Men' Episodes (So Far)

"Mad Men" is a series with relatively little interest in picking up exactly where we left off last week. Indeed, AMC's flagship drama, which begins its seventh and final season on Sunday, delights in the episode as an art form unto itself. Here, with the requisite caveat that rankings are silly and subjective as well as good fun, are the ten best:
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • April 9, 2014 1:20 PM
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Things I Learned at the 'Mad Men' Season Seven Premiere, Review Roundup: "The beginning of the end" (TRAILER)

My favorite moment at the "Mad Men" Season Seven premiere: when AMC president Charles Collier asked the sprawling ensemble to rise from their seats at Hollywood's Arclight Theatre, Jon Hamm (Don Draper) and Kevin Rahm (Ted Chaough) caught sight of each other standing in the same row and waved. The Emmy-winning series is being celebrated by Time and Variety cover stories, Diane Sawyer's World News Tonight and Good Morning America before the final season of "Mad Men" debuts on April 13. (Trailer, poster and review round-up are below.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 3, 2014 3:19 PM
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Matthew Weiner Talks Writing Women and Race in 'Mad Men,' Criticisms of Don's Storyline and More

As Part 1 of "Mad Men" Season 7 debuts April 13, James Poniewozik of TIME sat down with showrunner Matthew Weiner to talk everything about the show -- from viewer criticisms of Don's story arc last season, to writing women, race and how to handle those those too well-known moments from 1960s history without succumbing to cliches. Interview highlights below -- and don't worry "MM" diehards, there are NO SPOILERS.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 27, 2014 1:01 PM
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