Articles for Mad Men Season 3

The end of May means it‘s time to start campaigning for the Emmy Awards.  Many shows have already started hitting voters with giant For Your Consideration DVD sets to get the coveted nominations.  This season, however, there‘s a lot of gamesmanship going on for category placements as actors are moving from Lead to Supporting or vice versa in order to improve their chances at a nomination.The biggest change is coming from Grey‘s Anatomy, where McDreamy himself Patrick Dempsey is dropping down to the Supporting Actor race after failing to get nominated as a Lead Actor for four years.  While some might criticize the move as blatantly mislabeling himself in order to score a nomination, it‘s actually a bigger indictment on the show itself. Read more »
The ballotsare out, the race is on, and soon we will know which lucky shows andactors will be nominated for this year‘s Emmy Awards.  This year themain categories have been expanded to six nominees due to theincreasing volume of shows produced.  The official Emmy ballot forOutstanding Drama Series lists 76 eligible shows, but that includeseverything from last year‘s winner, Mad Men, to "no chance in Hell:submissions like The Secret Life of the American Teenager.Sowho is actually in the hunt?  Last year proved that cable networks havefinally broken through as it was the first time a cable network otherthan HBO scored a nomination in this category. Read more »
A lot is made of the overwhelming number of great leading roles forwomen on cable, but if the official Emmy ballots are any indication,women are still a minority when it comes to starring TV roles.  On theofficial ballot sent to Emmy voters, there are 70 contenders forOutstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, but only 48 for the LeadActress category.But the numbers don‘t help the major networks.  Despite the fact thatmore than 60 percent of the potential nominees come from the five majornetworks, it‘s the cable guys and gals who take the lead at the Emmys.See More:Drama Series Predictions>> Read more »
Latest Mad Men News>>Fresh off its Golden Globe victory for Best TV Drama, Mad Men returns this summer for its highly anticipated season 3 despite prolonged contract negotiations between producer Lionsgate TV and creator/exec producer Matthew Weiner.  Mad Men will being season 3 on August 16.TV Guide‘s Mickey O‘Connor announced: "Tell you what, I can officially narrow down the "summer" return date to early August.  As with last season, don‘t expect tidy resolutions to the finale‘s cliff-hangers -- e.g., Peggy‘s revelation to Pete, Betty‘s pregnancy, Joan‘s rape -- since the show will most surely jump ahead in time again." Read more »
It‘s Emmy nomination eve as TV fans are looking forward to tomorrowmorning‘s Emmy nominations, announced at 8:35am ET by Grey‘;s Anatomy‘sChandra Wilson and The Big Bang Theory‘s Jim Parsons.This year there are plenty of interesting changes and storylines goinginto the announcement.  As always, Grey‘s Anatomy has plenty of drama,with Katherine Heigl and T.R. Knight‘s behind-the-scenes decisions andPatrick Dempsey‘s choice to submit himself as a supporting actor forthe first time.  Expanding the major acting and series categories tosix nominees each should also add some extra spice into the morning.  Read more »
The Emmy nominations were announced this morning, and there were sometruly out-of-the-box nominees.  Sarah Silverman for Lead Actress in aComedy for her Comedy Central show?  Flight of the Conchords for ComedySeries and Jemaine Clement for Lead Actor?  Simon Baker from TheMentalist?  And Family Guy for Outstanding Comedy Series?  Yeah, thesearen‘t your daddy‘s Emmys.Complete List of Nominees >>Emmy Fun Facts>> Read more »
Don versus Duck! Betty telling Don she‘s pregnant! Pete sitting in his office with a rifle! You were probably on the edge of your seat while watching last night‘s season 3 premiere of AMC‘s Mad Men. The drama picked up in full force, opening a number of unexpected storylines that seem more, if not equally, intriguing than past seasons. In a nutshell, viewers got some sort of resolution to the cliff-hanger announcement that Betty (January Jones) is pregnant while Don (Jon Hamm) and Sal (Bryan Batt) took a business trip to Baltimore where both men succumb to the powers of persuasive seduction in an effort to reassure a major client; and Peggy (Elisabeth Moss) appeared quite happily settled into her new role at Sterling Cooper though Pete‘s (Vincent Kartheiser) future was still unclear.  Read more »
Mad Men has made quite a leap last week, attracting 2.8 million viewers for its third season debut. That‘s 34 percent more than last year‘s opener. Hopefully, this critically praised but ratings-challenged drama will deliver even more numbers with tonight‘s installment called "Love Among the Ruins."But before anything else, let‘s recap: Lane Pryce, the financial officer installed by Sterling Cooper‘s British parent, calls Don (Jon Hamm) "the face of our business," which is why he needs to visit their client London Fog. Sal (Bryan Batt) comes along in Don‘s business trip to Baltimore where both men succumb to the powers of persuasive seduction. At the same time, Pete (Vincent Kartheiser) and Ken (Aaron Staton) are both awarded the position of head of accounts.  Read more »
Anyone who watches Mad Men knows that resolutions don‘t come easy to the many unresolved cliffhangers from past seasons. And if the third season opener is any indication, you‘d know that you still wouldn‘t find any clarity in the near future as to where the show is going. It‘s all part of the appeal of the drama that takes us back to the changing social mores of 1960s America through the fictional Sterling Cooper advertising agency. But perhaps the main issue as Mad Men moves further into the third season is what‘s going to happen with Don now that a baby is on the way.  Read more »
To some Mad Men fans, I probably don‘t even need to tell you that tonight‘s episode is something you shouldn‘t miss ---that is if you‘re one of those who were able to briefly download the leaked  "My Old Kentucky Home" from the Apple iTunes store nearly two weeks before the episode is scheduled to be broadcast on television. AMC even released a statement, saying "The third episode of Mad Men‘s new season was made available prematurely to some iTunes Season Pass holders for a short time. We urge those who received this episode in error to please refrain from spoiling plot lines out of respect to other Mad Men fans who are looking forward to watching the story unfold." Read more »
Everyone seems to be "conspicuously happy" on Mad Men, putting across a false impression of satisfaction while their problems got worse. Whether it‘s about Joan‘s marriage to a doctor or Peggy‘s euphoric high from smoking marijuana, we all know that it‘s not going to last forever and tonight‘s episode proves just that.When we last saw the critically acclaimed drama, a mandatory overtime session left the writers trying to fend off -night boredom. Sally had a run-in with Grandpa, and Roger threw a party while Joan and Greg hosted one of their own.  Read more »
It was a bitter sweet ending on last week‘s Mad Men, where Sally finally mended her relationship with Grandpa Gene only to discover later that he‘s passed away. And suddenly, all of Don and Betty‘s issues with Gene were gone as well. While Gene‘s death was excruciating enough for Sally, it didn‘t help that she overheard Betty, Don, William and his wife Judy briefly laughing about William‘s jokes about Gene not having to worry about seeing his last companion, Gloria, in heaven. "Nobody cares that he‘s really, really, really gone," Sally cried, not understanding that her parents were reminiscing the fond memories adults seek after a loss. Read more »
The 61st Primetime Emmy Awards are this Sunday at 8pm on CBS.  Hostedby Neil Patrick Harris, it looks like two shows will have astranglehold on the night: Mad Men for Drama and 30 Rock for Comedy,both coming in with an overwhelming lead in total nominations.But will they really prevail.  Check out the nominees for the majorEmmy Drama categories below and who I think will win, then make yourown picks and watch along with me Sunday night. Read More: Comedy Category Predictions>> Read more »
Now that there‘s a new addition to the Draper household, I‘m curious to find out how baby Eugene will affect Betty and Don‘s relationship.  But there‘s a lot more going on in Mad Men‘s sixth episode called "Guy Walks Into an Advertising Agency" and we find out tonight at 10/9c on AMC. Read more »
It‘s my favorite night of the year, Emmy night!  Some people wait for the Oscars or the Super Bowl, but for me, there‘s nothing better than seeing if my favorite shows and actors take home the Emmy.Making tonight‘s Emmy Award celebration even better is the fact that it‘s hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, and there are rumors that he‘ll do a Dr. Horrible-inspired musical number.  So stick with me as I‘ll be posting updates all night along about the winners and the major events that everyone will be talking about tomorrow.  Let‘s just hope no one invited Kanye. Read more »
Coming on the heels of winning its second straight Emmy for best drama series, Mad Men attempts to prove that it got the victory it deserves with tonight‘s "Seven Twenty Three" episode. Is it a significant date? An important event in history? A room number? Or a new address? We find out that the title of the seventh episode of the third season is a reference to David Ogilvy, the real "Father of Advertising" and his 1963 book "Confessions of an Advertising Man," a manual in which Ogilvy explains how useless it is to be creative unless you can also sell what you create.  Read more »
What‘s in store for Don now that he‘s signed the Sterling contract? We find out tonight on Mad Men in the episode called "Souvenir."But before anything else, here‘s a quick recap of what happened last week: Conrad Hilton wants Don to handle Hilton‘s three New York City properties and Roger, Cooper, and Lane congratulate Don but warns him that there‘s a hitch. Connie‘s lawyers want Don under contract to Sterling Cooper to ensure continuity so Lane hands Don a three-year contract. In attempt to convince a reluctant Don, who believes that "no contract means I have all the power," Roger calls Betty to encourage her husband to sign which eventually leads to an argument between Don and Betty. In the end, though, Don decides to sign the contract.  Read more »
Mad Men actor Bryan Batt is not getting married to partner Tom Cianfichi, at least not any time soon, contrary to reports that cited the National Enquirer claiming Batt and Cianfichi, an event planner, were planning a Christmas wedding in Vermont. There are "currently no plans for the couple to get married at this time," Batt‘s rep said in a statement. Read more »
The moment we all knew was coming happened on last week‘s episode of Mad Men: Henry kissed Betty and she kissed him back!  Sadly, this happened while Don was trying to be a good husband to her by taking her to Rome and even buying her a souvenir gold Colosseum bracelet charm. And it looks like it would take some time before she gets consumed by guilt as she immerses herself more in politics in the episode "Wee Small Hours." Read more »
Don Draper is clearly becoming hungry for overtime work mainly because working overtime means hooking up with Suzanne Farrell. We all saw it coming ever since they met in "The Fog" and it all became lucid in last week‘s episode of Mad Men. When we last saw Mad Men, the boys were doing a commercial for Lucky Strike and Sal got propositioned by client Lee Garner, Jr. But Sal turned him down, consequently upsetting the client, who now wants Sal to be fired. This week, though, the firm is focusing on its 40th year but it looks like some of the men aren‘t looking forward to the anniversary party.  Read more »
This week on Mad Men, a former client returns to Sterling Cooper while Joan and Greg plan for their future. But perhaps the most interesting part of "The Gypsy and the Hobo" is the arrival of Annabel, a woman who seems to share a past with Roger. Find out more about Annabel and Roger‘s history tonight at 10pm on AMC. Read more »
In the wake of the assassination of JFK, the whole world was at a loss much like the people at Sterling Cooper. We saw how this one tragic event perfectly cast a shadow on the already dark third season and if last week‘s episode was any indication, we‘ll see more of that murkiness grow in Mad Men‘s season finale. Read more »
Things may have ended on a sour note for Don Draper‘s marriage as Mad Men wraps up its third season but things are look brighter than ever on the business front at least. After being told by Conrad Hilton that ad agency McCann Erickson is buying Puttnam, Powell, and Lowe -- and Sterling Cooper along with it, Don informs Cooper about the sale and proposes that they buy Sterling Cooper themselves. In the end, most of the show‘s main characters, including Pete, Harry, Peggy, Roger and Joan, have joined Don to start a new agency. And thus, Sterling Cooper Draper Price is born. Read more »
Mad Men concluded its third season with the birth of a new advertising agency while a lot of characters were left in the wind. It was a huge step for series creator Matthew Weiner to hit the reset button since Sterling Cooper will no longer be the fundamental setting of the series but that was all part of his original plan. Read more »
Sure, the American Film Institute honors the best films of the past year--their Top 10 list this year includes box office darlings Up and The Hangover and critical faves like Precious and The Hurt Locker--but they also honor the best television of the past year, and their list this year has some interesting picks.The AFI will honor the following ten shows in a luncheon on January 15 in Los Angeles:  Read more »
Big Love is among the outstanding programs of the year. Or at least according to the American Film Institute, which listed the HBO drama in the same league as critical favorite Mad Men and newcomer comedy The Big Bang Theory.The polygamy-themed drama, which returns for its forth season this January, is part of the strong HBO presence on the list, including Botswana-set The No. 1 Ladies‘ Detective Agency and vampire series True Blood. The other shows on the list are Friday Night Lights, Glee, Modern Family, Nurse Jackie, and Party Down. Critics darling Mad Men is the only repeater on the list. Read more »
The Golden Globe nominations were revealed this morning, and on the TVside, returning dramas ruled while new comedies pushed old favoritesaside.  Glee claims to top spot with four nominations, for BestComedy Series as well as individual nominations for stars MatthewMorrison, Lea Michele and Jane Lynch.  Read more »
Just two days after the Golden Globe nominations, the Screen ActorsGuild nominations were this morning, and the TV results are a mixedbag.  The awards are a bit less experimental than the Globes,nominating old favorites like Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Charlie Sheen,but they also have a little bit of new mixed in as well.  Glee and Modern Family both earned noms for their ensembles while The Good Wife picked up nominations for both Julianna Margulies and the ensemble.  Read more »
Here at BuddyTV, we really like ships. We get invested in the relationships or potential relationships of our favorite characters and we definitely get a bit obsessed. We‘ve already told you our rankings for the Best Ships of 2009, but we want you to be able to convince us otherwise. We decided to put together a video contest for the best (relation)ship of 2009. Simply watch the video below for the rules and then submit your entry.UPDATE: Due to the large number of entries winners will be announced Friday January 15! Thank you to everyone who submitted. Read more »
What‘s a Betty to do now that Matt has left for a faraway land?  Find another man to keep the Ugly Betty story going.  Well, not that soon, really.  We still have to wait to witness this mad turn of events. Entertainment Weekly reports that there‘s going to be a new flame for our brace-faced heroine soon, and he‘s coming straight from the set of Mad Men.  Actor Rich Sommer has landed a role on the ABC comedy, and it‘s a potentially recurring one.  What‘s more, it‘s as a new love interest for our dear Betty Suarez (America Ferrera). Read more »
The results are in! The 67th annual Golden Globes, the first Hollywood award ceremony of the year, kicked off tonight at 8pm EST on NBC with several fashion hits and misses, teary acceptance speeches and some witty punch lines served by British comedian host Ricky Gervais. Read more »
That bit with Angie (Drea de Matteo) working with Bree (Marcia Cross) on some catering commitment didn‘t work out so lovingly on Desperate Housewives. It wasn‘t exactly a match made in heaven, and it got kind of uncomfortable with Bree being decorous and Angie being tactless and such. But lo and behold, someone will set foot on Wisteria Lane, who this time will be an admirer of Bree‘s "old-fashioned values."Mad Men star Sam Page, who plays the wayward hubby of Joan (Christina Hendricks) on the critically acclaimed AMC series, is joining the cast of Desperate Housewives for a multi-episode arc set to kick off in late February. Page, 33, who will also be on Greek right around that time, will play Jeremy, a well-trained cook who idolizes Bree. Read more »
Joining fellow Mad Men star Rich Sommer on the list of notable guest stars on Ugly Betty is actor Bryan Batt.  And what an actor he‘ll be, since he‘s going to take the stage and sweep someone off their feet for his appearance on the ABC comedy.Read: Ugly Betty‘s Ana Ortiz Stars in True BlueAccording to TV Guide, Bryan Batt will be portraying a handsome soap opera actor named Spencer Cannon.  He won‘t be another love interest for Betty (America Ferrera) though.  He‘s a more likely fit for someone like Marc, or at least Amanda thinks so. Read more »