Articles for Mad Men Season 2

With its first season snagging two Golden Globes, including one for Best Television Series – Drama, huge critics‘ favorite Mad Men will debut its much-anticipated second season on Sunday 10pm beginning July 27 on AMC.  Originally slated for this fall, apparently the barrage of accolades from fans and critics alike jump-started the debut even in Canada.Mad Men, the recipient of 16 Primetime Emmy Award nominations, is set in New York City and features in a 1960s fictional advertising agency called Sterling Cooper.  It centers on Don Draper, a high-level executive, while he deals with the people in his life in and out of the office.  Jon Hamm, who plays Draper, has won a Golden Globe in 2007 for Best Actor in a Television Series. Read more »
Sometimes I wonder if anyone listens to TV critics, but if the success of AMC‘s Mad Men is any indication, some people must be paying attention to the praise that‘s been heaped on the show.  Not only is the series nominated for 16 Emmy awards, but the ratings for last week‘s second season premiere more than doubled the season 1 average.  Despite the critical love that the show has garnered since it debuted last year, it seems many people waited until the first season wrapped up to see what all the fuss is about.  As someone who didn‘t get into the show until its recent DVD release, I‘m happy to report that I was one of the 2.1 million viewers who tuned in to see season 2 kick off on July 27. Read more »
What would it be like to see one of the guys from the Sterling Cooper ad agency walk into the Dunder Mifflin paper company?  Viewers will soon get to find out, as Entertainment Weekly‘s Michael Ausiello recently announced that one of the actors from AMC‘s Mad Men will be doing a guest stint on The Office.  Rich Sommer, who plays ad exec Harry Crane on the Emmy nominated drama, will show up in the September 25 season premiere of the NBC comedy.  Everyone involved with the series is being extremely secretive about his role, but one insider told Ausiello that the character "ties in with a surprise twist."  Let the theories begin. Read more »
Anne Dudek, also known as Amber "Cutthroat Bitch" Volakis on House, has just confirmed that she is expecting a baby.  In fact, she brought her baby bump out in full force to the season 2 premiere of AMC‘s critically acclaimed series Mad Men in Los Angeles Monday."I‘m having a baby," Dudek told People with excitement. Read more »
Star of teen flick Orange County and son of Hollywood top gun Tom Hanks Colin Hanks is joining the cast of the award-winning AMC television series Mad Men for a three-episode arc starting last week August 17, Sunday, with an episode entitled “Three Sundays.”  It is unclear, however, if the three episodes will be in a single storyline, or they will be spread throughout the remainder of the season.Hanks, who will also star in an upcoming flick called The House Bunny with Anna Faris, will play a young priest visiting the church that Peggy‘s family attends.  House Bunny, which recently debut in theaters, is about a Playboy bunny who was thrown out of the mansion and ends up in a sorority house with “socially clueless” girls. Read more »
Voting for the Emmys is an interesting process.  For the Best Drama and Best Comedy categories, all the potential nominees send one episode (one hour, so no two-parters) to the Academy members.  Once the final nominations come out, each nominated show then resubmits six hours of television.  They put those six hours on three two-hour tapes, and Academy members are sent only two of those tapes.  They are distributed randomly, meaning that different Academy members will see different episodes.  Why they do this, I have no idea.  They just do.  Today, our friends at Gold Derby released the episode submissions for each Best Drama nominee.  You can find those listed below, with commentary at the bottom.  Read more »
AMC recently asked the social-networking site, Twitter to pull the feeds inspired by Mad Men from the online community.  The fans rose in uproar when they found out that their feeds, which are based on the critically acclaimed show, was taken down.  These feeds consist of short posts, typically of text-message length, and are posted in the voices of Mad Men characters.  Through the online community, users can subscribe to the daily messages of virtual Don Draper and Peggy Olson, among other employees of the fictional advertising agency, Sterling Cooper.Twitter has not made it clear whether or not these feeds are endorsed by the network.  Moreover, AMC did not like the fact that some of the characters were used to promote products other than the show.  In fact, some characters were used to promote Twitter itself. Read more »
The Creative Arts Emmys were held last night in Los Angeles, and big names took home a number of statues.  The Creative Arts Emmys celebrates the more minor categories, the ones who weren‘t big enough to make the big show, if you will.  The Creative Arts Emmys will air Saturday, September 20 on E!, a day before the Primetime Emmys air live on ABC.  Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother) and Sarah Chalke (Scrubs) hosted the event, which included such winners as Cynthia Nixon (Law & Order: SVU), Tim Conway (30 Rock), and funny women Sarah Silverman and Kathy Griffin.  Read more »
The Primetime Emmy Awards air this Sunday night.  It has kind of snuck up on you, hasn‘t it?  The biggest award of the night is probably the one for Best Drama.  The Sopranos, Lost, 24 – all recent winners of the Best Drama.  This year‘s batch of nominees is diverse and highly-acclaimed – Damages, Dexter, Lost, Boston Legal, House and Mad Men.  Who will win?  We take a look at which of the series have the best chance to win, and which don‘t, in our preview of the Emmys Best Drama category below.  Read more »
Mad Men has definitely made its mark in television history, garnering 16 Primetime Emmy Award nominations alongside Damages and becoming the first basic cable television series to be nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series.  While some might question the success of the show and where this might be rooted, viewers might say that it is the loyal fan base of the show that makes it very successful.  However, delving deeper into the production of the series, we can see that it might be just more than that.In fact, creator Matthew Weiner, the two-time Golden Globe Award winning screenwriter, television producer and director behind Mad Men admits that it took him several years to perfect the series, which returns with new episodes on September 28 at 10pm on AMC. Read more »
The 60th Annual Emmy Awards were held tonight. Below you will find a complete list of all the winners from tonight‘s ceremony.  The Drama side was dominated by first-year shows like Mad Men and Damages, each picking up two Emmys.  Comedy was ruled by 30 Rock, winning four Emmys, including ones for Series and its two leads, Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin.  The night also had quite a few surprises early on, like Jean Smart for Samantha Who?, Diane Wiest for In Treatment and Zeljko Ivanek winning for Damages, as well as Bryan Cranston winning for Breaking Bad.In other categories, HBO dominated with its TV movie Recount and miniseries John Adams, The Colbert Report won its first-ever Emmy, and Jeff Probst took home the inaugural Emmy for Reality Host.Also Read:Emmy Awards, Live Thoughts Read more »
The 60th annual Primetime Emmy Awards were a spectacle as Mad Men made history on ABC as basic cable‘s first show to win a best drama award.  In fact, more shows came into the limelight to win awards, such as 30 Rock, which was able to take home four trophies that night, including the NBC series‘ second consecutive recognition for best comedy series.  30 Rock star Tina Fey gushed as she further promoted the show, saying that it is now available through several avenues such as NBC.com, Hulu.com, iTunes, Verizon phones and much more.  Newbies Breaking Bad and Damages also picked up awards for Bryan Cranston and Glenn Close. Read more »
Last week we saw the return of the second season of the Emmy Award-winning AMC series, Mad Men, which stars Jon Hamm as Don Draper, John Slattery as Roger Sterling, Vincent Kartheiser as Pete Campbell, January Jones as Betty Draper, Christina Hendricks as Joan Holloway, Elisabeth Moss as Peggy Olson, Michael Gladis as Paul Kinsey, Aaron Staton as Ken Cosgrove and Rich Sommer as Harry Crane.Tonight, the show returns with Episode 2.10 entitled “The Inheritance.”  Read on to find out what‘s in store for tonight‘s episode. Read more »
Good news for Mad Men fans as AMC is close to ordering another season of the hit series.  In fact, Zap2It reports that AMC already wants to order a third season of the Emmy-winning drama.  However, there are still a few kinks to iron out between producer Lionsgate and creator Matthew Weiner, who hopes to still hold the reins of the show.As of now, Lionsgate doesn’t have a deal with Weiner beyond the current season, thus they are in talks for a raise along with the new contract.  He is also currently considering other development deals with some studios. Read more »
On the same weekend that Jon Hamm delivered a hilarious turn as host of Saturday Night Live, the critically beloved Mad Men wrapped up its phenomenal second season.  One of Hamm‘s memorable SNL skits had him doling out advice on how to pick up women while in character as Don Draper, but on Mad Men, Draper‘s love for the ladies nearly destroyed his marriage.  By the end of Sunday night‘s finale it appeared that Betty was finally willing to forgive her husband for his indiscretions, but can their marriage survive?  We‘ll have to wait until season 3 to find out. Read more »
Having an award-winning series leading his career, Mad Men‘s Jon Hamm is breaking down barriers.  Despite being on the premium cable network AMC, the show‘s success has encompassed the expectations of both critics and audiences.  After his phenomenal work on the recently wrapped-up second season, Jon Hamm opens up to AMC about his character of Don Draper.  Asked about any differences in approach regarding the character, Hamm answered that he continued to portray advertising exec Don Draper with the same amount of passion.  “He‘s still the same character.  His circumstances have changed a bit, but what‘s really been cool about this show is we don‘t see a lot of what transpired over the fourteen months that we skipped over.  It‘s cool that we maintain that little bit of a mystery.” Read more »

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