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Mad Men Director On Midseason Premiere & Finale Controversy

SPOILER ALERT:This story contains details of tonight's Mad Men Season 7 midseason premiere. If Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner had a right-hand man for the seven seasons of the acclaimed AMC series, it certainly had to be fellow EP Scott Hornbacher . Having worked with Weiner on The Sopranos , where he was a co-producer, Hornbacher has not only been behind the scenes for the whole run of the tales of the Jon Hamm portrayed Don Draper and what has become Sterling Cooper

'Mad Men' Season 7b premiere: Ghosts and lookalikes haunt Don Draper in 'Severance'

Nothing that's on screen in "Mad Men" is accidental. Creator Matthew Weiner is infamously involved in just about every detail of the show, from the biggest narrative arcs to the smallest props on the desks at Sterling Cooper & Partners.So it's very much by design that in an episode where Don (Jon Hamm) is literally seeing ghosts, he ends up turning to a woman who bears more than a passing resemblance to the now-departed Rachel Menken Katz (Maggie Siff).Every scene with Rachel's almost-doppelganger, Diana the waitress (Elizabeth Reaser, whom you know from the "Twilight" movies and her run on "Grey's Anatomy"), has the quality of a fever dream. He insists he knows her from somewhere, while she questions whether Don had a dream about Rachel before (as the audience sees it) or after her death.RELATED: Jon Hamm: 'There's no version of this ending that's not super painful for me'It's an unsettling way for Don to...

'Mad Men's' Jon Hamm: 'There's no version of this ending that's not super painful for me'

It's being billed as "the end of an era," and for AMC the farewell of "Mad Men" certainly is.When the series premiered on July 19, 2007, AMC was a small basic cable channel that specialized in old theatrically released movies. The success of "Mad Men" paved the way for more original programming, with "Breaking Bad" and "The Killing" following in its wake. It also put AMC on the map as a serious player in scripted series.Naturally, it's also the end of an era for cast members Jon Hamm, Christina Hendricks, January Jones, Vincent Kartheiser, Elisabeth Moss, John Slattery and others, many of whom made their names working on "Men." For them, it's on to new projects, a well-deserved break and looking back on a series that to date has won 15 Emmy Awards -- including four for outstanding drama series -- and garnered 105 nominations.At a recent gathering of TV critics in Pasadena, Calif., cast...

Mad Men: Why Does Don See So Many Dead People?

  [WARNING: The following story contains spoilers from Sunday's season premiere of AMC's Mad Men . Read at your own risk.] For a show so grounded in the real world, Mad Men sure has had its share of ghosts.   Read More...

Mad Men's Final Episodes: Will Don Draper Get a Happy Ending?

  AMC is advertising the upcoming series finale of Mad Men as the "end of an era." And if the network is referring to the era of stories about middle-aged men behaving badly as they wrestle with their inner demons, Don Draper's swan song may truly be the final nail in that coffin. What remains to be ...   Read More...

'Mad Men' creator Matthew Weiner: 'I feel a sense of accomplishment'

HitFix's Alan Sepinwall interviews "Mad Men" creator Matthew Weiner about the beginning, and end, of the Emmy-winning drama starring Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Christina Hendricks, January Jones, John Slattery and Vincent Kartheiser.

As Mad Men Comes to an End, Jon Hamm Reflects on Don Draper

The series, which revived the fashion and pop culture of a tumultuous decade and reminded viewers of the racism and sexism of the era, begins its final seven episodes on April 5.

5 Reasons We Love Watching: Mad Men

In some respects, it’s sad that Mad Men is entering the final half of its final season. The show first premiered in the summer of 2007 and gave us a different kind of period piece. The show followed around Don Draper and showed not only what he did professionally as a "Mad Man" in the 1960s world of advertising, but tried to cast a spotlight on his shadowy personal life as well. This isn’t the time to get into why Mad Men was so successful (or the fact that it has made the career’s of some actors and actresses who, were it not for this show, would have never broken out of Hollywood’s doldrums), nor is it the time to point out that the writing has suffered dramatically since the first season, but it’s time to celebrate what will ultimately be remembered as a turning point for AMC ’s ability to produce quality television and another series that will live in what’s becoming known as the Golden Age of television. 5. The insufferable, Pete Campbell ( Ed. note: Ummm ): 4. The free falling intro: 3. Roger being Roger: 2. No B.S. Joan: 1. The classic Don Draper: BONUS REASON: Peggy. Always, always Peggy: div.reason h3 { clear: both; padding-top: 30px; } div.reason img { float: left; width: 400px; } div.reason p { clear: both; }

The Most Important Shows on TV: Week of March 30, 2015

Which TV series will your friends (and the entire internet) be talking about this week? Stay informed—or at least be able to fake it—with SideReel's weekly guide to The Most Important Shows on TV.   The Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber Monday 10:00pm on Comedy Central Why: Because people who are paid to be mean (and funny) get to metaphorically whale on Justin Bieber, a shit-eating grin with a body attached. True story, a young person once said to me of Biebs, "I don't buy into the hype, I just think he makes good music." For corrupting the youth of the world, Justin deserves every insult he gets. Prepare to talk about: How many times Mr. B looks like he wants to cry but manages to hold it in; whose slams were the meanest (from clips, it sounds like it might be Hannibal Buress ); how soon until Bieber announces his retirement from public life; how much you hate Usher for subjecting us to this Canadian hellhound.   Outlander (Midseason Premiere) Saturday at 9:00pm on Starz Why: Because, as SideReel's own Zaz put it in her 5 Reasons We Love Watching: Outlander post, there's kilt porn, eye sex, and actual sex! Also the opening sequence is hilarious (A flute! A deer! Lady Druids!) and, hey, it's attractive people with sexy accents heaving their bosoms. Prepare to talk about: Whether Claire really misses her husband when she has Jamie to keep her company; how it seems pretty unlikely that one could look EXACTLY like one's ancestor; what's with that self-proclaimed witch; how many bosoms will heave in the second half of the season.     Mad Men (Midseason Premiere) Sunday at 10:00pm on AMC Why: Because all things must begin to end, and considering this is Mad Men (the most depressing story this side of a Chekhov play), it will almost certainly end badly. Things people have lost on this show: a foot, an eye, hair, spouses, jobs, innocence. Sigh. Can't one of these people just have a good goddamn day for once? Prepare to talk about: How Pete Campbell is the unsung hero of the show; whether Don's gonna die at the end of the season; whether Harry Crane should be fired (hint: yes); how Peggy is the best.     Leah E. Friedman  is the editor of You can follow her musings on  Twitter .

Jon Hamm Completes Rehab Stint for Alcohol

  Jon Hamm has already left Don Draper behind, and now he's leaving some of Don's bad habits behind as well. The Mad Men star recently completed a 30-day program for alcohol abuse, TMZ reports.    Read More...