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Checkout Our Emmy Prediction & Wishlist For Dramas

7/12/2015 4:00pm EDT
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The 2015 Emmy nominations will be announced Thursday, July 16. In the next few days, we will be offering our predictions and wish lists for the major categories.

A few major rule changes have taken effect this year:

The Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Drama Series fields have been expanded from six to seven shows.

All half-hour scripted series must now enter as comedies while all hour-length shows must enter as dramas. Thus, “Orange is the New Black” – previously entered as a Comedy – must now compete as a Drama. But individual programs are allowed to appeal to the TV Academy...

Our Final Glimpse Into The World Of 'Mad Men'

5/18/2015 9:21am EDT
Mad Men Series Finale
Just when I thought we’d be saying, “Goodbye, Don Draper; hello Dick Whitman,” Matthew Weiner once again gives the ad man a reason to return after running away from home – except this time it was more satisfying.

Escaping from NYC/advertising/family life has had many false starts: Don went for a drive to nowhere, picked up hitchhikers who beat him up; took off when he was on a business trip in California without saying where he was going or when he'd return; and propositioned many mistresses to just pick up and "get out of here." But he always ended up begrudgingly back in Ossining and lyi...

'Mad Men' Series Penultimate Surprises (Spoiler Alert)

5/11/2015 10:04am EDT
Is this “Mad Men” or “Blue Velvet”? This next to last episode entitled 'The Milk And Honey Route' (any route taken which has a promise of better things to come) features only Don, Pete and Betty (plus some family members).

It begins with a mind game: Don is driving at night and gets pulled over. The state trooper raps on the window and says, "You knew we'd catch up with you eventually." Then Don wakes up in a seedy hotel room.

He talks to Sally on the phone and all seems well. They swap stories of their travel plans: he tells her of his post-Kansas sojourn; soon she will be off to Spain.

'Mad Men': Things Look A Bit Lost For Some

5/4/2015 11:33am EDT
Transition is their mission -- and things are not going well.

Don gets lost trying to find his new office on his first day at McCann, so he's late, but seemingly excited. His secretary Meredith is acting as decorator picking out furniture and color schemes for his new apartment.

Don heads right to a meeting with McCann honcho Jim Hobart and top account executive Ferg Donnelly. He's the "white whale" they've been courting for years. They invite him to a Miller Lite Beer meeting, but first -- for their own amusement -- want to hear him say aloud, "I'm Don Draper from McCann Erickson."


'Mad Men' Gives Us A Glimpse Of The Endgame

4/27/2015 10:58am EDT
They've gone from bold entrepreneurs to little cogs in the wheel.

And so it goes when you sell your small business to a major conglomerate. The five partners – Roger, Don, Joan, Pete and Ted – may have made millions on the deal and may still have jobs after the dust settles (because they all signed four year contracts), but they have lost their independence; something that’s more important than anything to mavericks like these.

It seems that parent company McCann-Erickson has reneged on the deal they made with Roger, which was to allow SC&P to retain it’s name, offices, and clients. The g...

Don Tries To Figure Out His Future In Latest 'Mad Men'

4/20/2015 10:04am EDT
“It’s supposed to get better.” That’s Don’s take on life, but unfortunately not his life. True, things could be worse (he owns a penthouse on Park Avenue, has a high powered job on Madison Avenue, and a bevy of women always at his disposal), yet his life is stalled. He doesn’t know what he wants or what he should want.

Then he gets an assignment from Roger.

First though he has to get out of bed, which he does when a woman lets herself into his apartment. The first assumption is that she’s his latest conquest, but no, she's a realtor named Melanie. She's there to show the place, but first ...

'Mad Men' Recap: Don Has To Deal With Some Old Business

4/13/2015 9:49am EDT
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Mad Men's latest episode is called "New Business," but Don's got to deal with old business first -- and we're not talking about clients.

There's Don making milkshakes in the kitchen of the Francis home. For a minute, I hoped that Henry was history, meaning Don and Betty were back together. But no. It seems Betty and Henry had a black tie event and Don was taking care of Gene and Bobby. (Sally is away at boarding school.)

Betty walks in alone looking all glam and updates Don that she's going back to school for her Master's in psychology. They've been divorced how long? Yet, she's still try...

Jon Hamm Is Not Happy With Press

4/9/2015 1:13pm EDT
Jon Hamm Slams Reports That He Has Split From His Longtime Girlf
This week's edition of In Touch Magazine had a report that Mad Men actor Jon Hamm was calling it quits with his long time girlfriend Jennifer Westfeldt. This came after other stories published by the magazine claiming that Hamm and his girlfriend were having trouble with their relationship or that they might be seeing other people.

Last night, Jon Hamm officially called the breakup rumors false through his publicist in a statement to US Weekly.

"The story that appeared in this week's edition of In Touch magazine is not true," the statement read. "The only gentleman Jennifer visited regul...

The End Of An Era Begins For 'Mad Men'

4/6/2015 10:03am EDT
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April 1970. As The End of an Era begins for AMC's "Mad Men," Don “My life only goes in one direction: forward” Draper, decides to look back.

As Peggy Lee croons, "Is That All There Is?" Don auditions a model for a Wilkinson Razor commercial. The woman is half naked and wrapped in a chinchilla coat. All the Sterling Cooper & Partners execs sit and salivate as Don directs the young woman to hyper sexualize herself and, "Don't talk, just touch your skin to show us how smooth it is." Later, he dreams that one of the models is Rachel Menken Katz, Don's former lover and client (Menken's Departme...

Farewell To 'Mad Men': Quotes Of Wisdom, Wit And Advice

4/5/2015 9:00am EDT
30 Sterling 'Mad Men' Quotes To Live By Forever
“The End Of An Era,” the name given to the final seven episodes of the juggernaut AMC series, MAD MEN, debuts Sunday, April 5th.

How will the award-winning drama end? You’ll have to watch and see. But long after ad man/ladies’ man Don Draper and his SCDP colleagues are gone, their insightful, inspiring, and often-sarcastic words of wisdom will have a place in our lexicon.

Read them. Heed them. Live them. And keep Don, Peggy, Joan, Roger, Betty, et al., alive in you.

Go home, take a paper bag and cut some eyeholes out of it. Put it over your head, get undressed and look at yourself in...

AMC Announces Start Date For Final Season Of 'Mad Men'!

1/11/2015 8:38am EST
AMC Announces Start Date For Final Season Of 'Mad Men'
"Mad Men" will air its final series of seven episodes beginning April 5th.

AMC television announced the conclusion to the long-running series in a statement on Saturday.

The seventh and last season was filmed in 2014.

"Mad Men" chronicles the lives of New York advertising executives in the 1960s.

"What an incredible journey this has been. I take great pride in what the entire Mad Men team was able to create episode after episode, season after season," the show's Executive Producer and Creator Matthew Weiner said in a statement.

"We sincerely thank the fans for joining us on this ride, ...

The Best TV Finales Of 2014

12/27/2014 3:00pm EST
The Best TV Finales Of 2014
All things must end- a film, a book, a refreshing, low-calorie Diet Dr. Pepper- but TV's different. On TV, a story grows over months (years, even), letting you build up a real, regular connection with those onscreen.

Then, when the ending hits, it slams into you with the impact of all those devoted hours that came beforehand.

It just feels so final, you know? Maybe that's why they call it a "finale."

2014 had its share of massive finales- maybe nothing on the level of "Breaking Bad" last year, but solid enders nonetheless. Shows that capped off their seasons with ridiculous cliffhangers...

How To Pick The Perfect Show To Binge-Watch

9/20/2014 5:01pm EDT
How To Pick The Perfect Show To Binge-Watch
We've all been there: a day or two with nothing to do. Maybe a day off, maybe a weekend. You know exactly what you're going to do with all that free time.

You are going to sit indoors and watch twenty straight hours of television.

We all do it; whether it's catching up on a show you didn't have time for last season, or giving in to your friends' constant pestering and finally starting "Breaking Bad."

According to the latest polls, a good 61% of TV viewers binge-watch on a regular basis. Ever since Netflix started that whole "releasing an entire TV season at the same time" thing, binge-wa...

12 Female Television Characters We Can Relate To

8/30/2014 11:00am EDT
12 Female Television Characters We Can Relate To
It seems like we've turned a corner in the past year or so when it comes to female characters on television. There are not only more women in roles that are robust and meaty, but there are most diverse offerings, making characters that any person can relate to. In honor of television moving forward to create more and better roles for women, here are some of our favorite relatable female characters.

Peggy Olson, "Mad Men"

Peggy Olson wants to be a career woman and she won't let anyone stop her, despite her era's sexist views working against her. Starting out as a secretary at Sterling ...

Weird Al Yankovic Parodies TV Theme Songs, Pushes 'Game Of Thrones' Writer George R.R. Martin To Write Faster

8/26/2014 7:23pm EDT
Weird Al Yankovic Parodies TV Theme Songs, Pushes 'Game Of Thron
There were few highlights to a rather uneventful and, frankly, boring 2014 Emmy Awards ceremony Monday night, but about halfway into the show, 'Weird Al' Yankovic took the stage for three-and-a-half minutes for a parody medley of the theme songs of hit shows "Mad Men," "Scandal," "Homeland," "Modern Family" and "Game of Thrones," the latter of which was the focus of the skit and co-starred Andy Samberg as the show's now deceased young king Joffrey Baratheon.

Dancers dressed in outfits the likes of the ones on the show surrounded the singer as he pleaded for writer George R.R. Martin to hur...

The 19 Best Summer Television Shows Ever

5/29/2014 3:00pm EDT
Mad Men
Summer television has the unfair reputation of being the dumping ground for shows "not ready" for the fall or spring, or where offbeat series never take off or go to die. While shows have certainly been banished to the warmer months, dozens of classic shows either got their start or existed entirely in the summer.


Reality TV existed before Survivor, but its success on CBS as a Summer show opened the door to every and any kind of reality TV... for better or worse. It was featured on the cover of TIME magazine and was one of the highest rated shows on television for its first ele...

'Mad Men' Mid-Season 7 Finale: Telescope vs. Television

5/27/2014 8:28am EDT
Mad Men
A thoroughly excellent, even inspiring, mid-season 7 finale of Mad Men, in which my favorite scene was the boy showing Sally the heavens through the telescope, which he correctly says is much better than watching the Moon landing on television. The reason, unstated but profound, is that what we see through the telescope is real and unedited, in contrast to what we usually see on television, which when not out rightly fiction is heavily edited and lacerated with commercials.

This serves as a good metaphor for everything that Mad Men is about, the difference between reality and edited realit...

'Mad Men' Season 7 Episode 6: 'The Dance'

5/19/2014 7:45am EDT
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That dance between Don and Peggy in Mad Men 7.6 was creme de la creme, as was the look on Don's face when he awakes and sees Megan in his New York apartment. Otherwise -

Well, I've never been a big fan of the Pete stories and this episode was no different. Pete and Trudy are completely predictable in their attitudes toward one another, including their dialogue. The blonde from the West Coast has been the best addition to Pete's life in years, but she was put to scant use. There was a nice shot of her and Megan on the plane back to California, though.

The Bob thread with Joan was a waste ...

'Mad Men' Season 7 Episode 5: Retrofit Paranoia

5/12/2014 7:20am EDT
'Mad Men' Season 7 Episode 5:  Retrofit Paranoia
Mad Men 7.5 had one saving grace, one good moment: Don finally standing up for himself and against Lou and Jim, and talking sense to the tobacco people at the end of the episode after Harry warns him, which was also nice to see. Jim's firm merging with Don's was a bad move from the outset, and it's satisfying that Don is finally fighting back for his rightful place. As only Roger and Harry seem to realize, Don is a genius and the best thing the current company has going.

Otherwise, though, the episode was littered with stories that were either ridiculous or trite. Ginsberg flipping out ...

Kit Williamson 'Mad Men' Star Promotion For His Acclaimed LGBT Dark Comedy Series, 'Eastsiders'

5/8/2014 6:45am EDT
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Kit Williamson, Mad Men star and creator, writer, director, Eastsiders is honoring -Five Dollar Friday May 9th. They will be having a drag name competition. If you donate $5 or more to the EastSiders Kickstarter campaign TODAY ONLY you can enter a drag name for Willam Belli's character Douglas' drag persona! If you've already donated, just up your pledge by $5 today and you can submit to the competition! We will put the top 5 drag names up to a public vote!

'Mad Men' Season 7 Episode 4: The Office Gets A Computer

5/5/2014 8:41am EDT
'Mad Men' Season 7 Episode 4: The Office Gets A Computer
A top-notch Mad Men 7.4, in which, among other things, a computer is installed in the office.

This gives Don a chance to wax philosophic to the computer installer about computers replacing people, which in turn serve as a potent metaphor for Don's return to Sterling, Cooper, et al. As Bert tells Don, the new company, in Don's absence, found it had no use for him. And as Bert savagely indicates, the company has no use for Don now.

Aside from the question of why Bert is being so vicious - I had the same question last week, and the same question about Joan's attitude towards Don - Bert's v...

Meet 'Mad Men's' New Addition Kirstin Ford

5/4/2014 4:09pm EDT
Meet 'Mad Men's' New Addition Kirstin Ford
What's it like to break out by joining the cast of Mad Men? That's what we asked Kirstin Ford, who's signed on to the critically acclaimed AMC series as it begins its final season. Kirstin talked with us about getting the job, fitting in on the set, and what it was like to watch her debut episode last Sunday.

Mad Men is more than just the coolest line on Kirstin's resume - it was also the impetus for her to really jumpstart her career. "The interesting thing is that four years ago, five years ago, I'm sitting in my living room in Oklahoma and I'm watching Mad Men, and thinking, I've been t...

'Mad Men' Season 7 Episode 3 Recap: 'Field Trip' And Lunch With Rod Serling

4/28/2014 11:05am EDT
'Mad Men' Season 7 Episode 3 Recap: 'Field Trip' And Lunch With
"Lunch with Rod Serling" - that's what Megan's director was said to be having, when she interrupted him with a request to re-read a part, and the Rod Serling mention was very apt, since this episode of Mad Men - 7.3 - was even more like a Twilight Zone episode than most in this frequently surreal series.

Submitted for your approval... Don goes to Roger, who agrees to Don's request to get back to work in the firm, except Roger tells no one about this, and when Don shows up to work Monday morning, no one knows why he's on the premises. Roger returns after a meeting with a client, another m...

'Mad Men' Season 7 Episode 2: Flowers And The Hung-Up Phone

4/21/2014 9:25am EDT
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A really fine Mad Men episode with all sorts of funny and sage moments, spread out over at least three story lines.

I guess the funniest was Pete talking on the phone to Roger, after Roger had hung up the phone. This perfectly typifies the story of Pete's life, in the firm and out, making his points, playing the game with sincerity, often to have his words fall on deaf or closed ears.

Back in New York - the Pete thread was half in California, half in New York - we have a brilliant vignette of flowers, assumptions, racism, and their consequences. Shirley's fiancé leaves flowers for her ...

'Mad Men' Premiere Has Least Viewers Since 2008

4/14/2014 8:03pm EDT
Mad Men
The last season of Mad Men is here, and the ratings may be confirming it's the right time for the series to bow out.

According to Deadline, the season 7 premiere of the show only had 2.3 million viewers, making it the worst premiere for the series since the 2.06 million viewers grabbed by the season 2 premiere. For comparison, the most-watched premiere was the first episode of season 5, which netted 3.5 million viewers.

It's quite possible Mad Men's ratings are dipping due to "delayed viewing," which represents fans who tune in later with DVR devices. The numbers from digital recordings a...

A Chat With 'Mad Men' Star Kit Williamson

4/14/2014 11:33am EDT
Kit Williamson
Kit Williamson is best known as Ed Gifford on the award-winning Mad Men. He also has a hit show of his own, Eastsiders. He is busy not only with acting but with writing, producing, directing and going to graduate school at UCLA. Yet, he still had time to speak with me.

How do you feel about Mad Men’s final season?

I am so honored to be a part this show. The world is so thoroughly, incredibly realized. It's funny, because while everyone on set is very serious about the work they are doing, it's not like there is this looming gravitas or anything. Nobody walks around like they're making...

'Mad Men' Season 7 Premiere: Vignettes And Playboy

4/14/2014 9:04am EDT
Mad Men
Mad Men was back with its seventh season last night - it will be its last, though presented in two seven-episode parts, over two years. As was the case with much of season 6, this first episode of the final season offered a compelling series of interlocking vignettes, rather than a single overarching narrative. Indeed, the plot barely moved forward, making the episode more like a sequence of still life paintings, brilliantly rendered, hanging on diverse walls, than a story across time.

Among the highlights of this new form of television story telling -

Don's slowly deteriorating re...

'Mad Men' Season 7 Premiere Photos - Jon Hamm, Christina Hendricks & More!

4/3/2014 3:00pm EDT
'Mad Men' Season 7 Premiere Photos - Jon Hamm, Christina Hendric
The new season of Mad Men is just 10 days away, and the stars came out in force on Wednesday to attend the season seven premiere at ArcLight Cinemas in Los Angeles.

Last season ended with Don Draper (Jon Hamm) being forced to take a leave of absence from work. His daughter Sally (Kiernan Shipka) caught him cheating, and his wife Megan (Jessica Pare) went AWOL. Peggy (Elisabeth Moss) took charge of the New York office while Ted (Kevin Rahm) headed to California.

The show's final season will be split in two - the first part debuts April 13, and the second half is expected to premiere in spr...

5 New & Returning Spring 2014 TV Shows We Can't Wait To See

4/1/2014 5:00pm EDT
5 New & Returning Spring 2014 TV Shows We Can't Wait To See
Spring 2014 signals the return of some of our favorite TV shows as well as the introduction of a new series based on one of Hollywood's most twisted films.

HBO's massively popular fantasy series "Game of Thrones" returns on April 6. Based on George R.R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" series, season four will cover the second half of the third book, "A Storm of Swords."

Last season, Robb Stark, his mother Catelyn, his young wife and unborn child were brutally murdered at the "Red Wedding" by Walder Frey on the orders of Twyin Lannister, putting a proper end to the War in the North and R...

Jessica Pare Sizzles In The April Issue Of Esquire Magazine

3/27/2014 11:09pm EDT
Jessica Pare Sizzles In The April Issue Of Esquire Magazine
Mad Men star Jessica Pare takes it all off for the April issue of Esquire magazine as she enjoyed a little skinny-dipping during her shoot.

The Canadian actress revealed that she nearly missed out on her "Mad Men" role when she had issues with her green card.

"I really struggled," She said, explaining that a delay nearly ended her career. "What was supposed to take three months took nine.

"I couldn't work or travel, and the momentum that I had gained from 'Jack & Bobby' just dissipated," she said of her starring role on The WB network's time-jumping drama about the future President of th...