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Transcript: Chat about season 6 of 'Mad Men'

Posted by Swati Gauri Sharma June 24, 2013 10:31 AM

If you watched last night's finale, you're probably eager to discuss all that happens in the episode and want to share your thoughts on the sixth season of the show. Don't forget to read the recap here.

Join us at 1 p.m. to dish about everything "Mad Men."

'We could be happy again': The season finale of 'Mad Men'

Posted by Swati Gauri Sharma June 24, 2013 01:20 AM

Alert: Spoilers ahead.

Read the transcript of the chat we held about the show.

After 12 episodes of darkness, we saw the light. Or at least, trickles of light.

Yes, Don is ousted from a company he helped build. Yes, Megan may have left him. These things were coming to him. But, for the first time, we saw Don Draper reveal Dick Whitman. Not to his soon-to-be-wife, not out of pressure, not in a drug-induced state, but we saw him wholeheartedly come clean to colleagues and clients about his past, and then to the three people he loves (and struggles with) the most: his children.

There were so many moments when I feared this episode would be more of the same. Don in a bar; Ted and Peggy continuing their games; Sally causing trouble. I had a sinking feeling Don would attempt to escape his problems and move to California. Isn’t that what he did with Megan? He was miserable, so he found a way to start his life over by marrying a woman he spent a few days with in (of course) California. His affair with his neighbor Sylvia was also an escape. Most recently, he used alcohol to do the trick.

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Don Draper is a monster: 'Mad Men' recap

Posted by Swati Gauri Sharma June 17, 2013 08:01 AM

Peggy said what we were all thinking: Don Draper is a monster.

When you think he can't get worse. After last week's hard-to-watch moment when, instead of telling Sally the truth about what she saw and treating her with respect, he blatantly lied to her, this week we see him relieved that she doesn't want to visit. When boarding school is suggested, he doesn't protest: he's willing to send his daughter away, and willing to pay the price.

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A dreadful discovery and a secret unveiled: A recap of 'Mad Men'

Posted by Swati Gauri Sharma June 10, 2013 01:11 AM

AMC's inside look at this week's episode titled "Favors."

Well, wow.

After eight episodes of Don Draper flashbacks, drugs, hippies, affairs, rivalries, and historical milestones, "Mad Men" finally delivers us two shockers.

Bill Simmons puts it best:


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Hippies don't wear makeup: A 'Mad Men' recap

Posted by Swati Gauri Sharma June 3, 2013 12:39 AM


AMC's inside look at "A Tale of Two Cities."

My favorite thing about season 6 of “Mad Men” is undoubtedly watching history unfold through the characters on this show. And doesn’t 1968 seem like one of the most eventful years in recent history? It sure feels like it. It started with the Tet Offensive, then the MLK and RFK assassinations.

Now, we witness how our “Mad Men” friends cope with the infamous 1968 Democratic National Convention, where protesters and police officers clashed in violent attacks. We saw Don react to the whole affair with his usual sense of pessimism and dark humor. We’ve seen Megan have a hard time dealing with all of these events, and the riots were no exception.

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Relationships are complicated: A 'Mad Men' recap

Posted by Swati Gauri Sharma May 27, 2013 12:04 AM


AMC's behind the scenes look at the episode titled "The Better Half."

So, in this episode:

Henry and Betty hook up. Then Betty gets with Don, while his wife gets kissed by her costar. Ted tells Peggy he’s into her, and soon after her relationship with Abe falls apart in one of the best relationship endings ever. Joan is hanging with Bob, while Roger still tries to get with her.

Man.

This episode was reminiscent of the earlier “Mad Men” seasons, when the dark days hadn’t quite set in yet. (Well, let's not forget that Lane Pryce hanged himself. And the guy whose foot got cut off. Yeah. Remember that?) We saw Don playing the happy family man that was a far cry from the bleak, depressing childhood we've been seeing many flashbacks of (like, too many). Would that Dick ever think he would one day turn into this Don? And does Don even believe it?

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Draper has emotions, Cosgrove's tap dance: 'Mad Men' goes trippy

Posted by Swati Gauri Sharma May 20, 2013 07:48 AM


A preview of this week's episode, "The Crash."

Season 6 of “Mad Men” continues to reflect the spirit of the times far better than previous seasons. I’m not referring to people thinking cigarettes aren’t unhealthy or the sexism that was commonplace in this era. The spirit -- the chaos, the overindulgence, the sense of instability -- are impressively captured this season.

Last week’s episode was a display of each character’s attempt of control, from Don’s attempt to play power games with Sylvia, to Ted and Don’s back and forth power struggles, and finally Pete’s problems with his mother and her dementia. In the last few moments of the episode, we learn of the assassination of Bobby Kennedy. And in this week’s “The Crash,” we see the aftermath.

“Mad Men” has explored drug use before, but never in this surreal, hour-long experience. It starts with seeing Don pace outside his former lover’s apartment, and then telling her in a phone conversation that he’s “experiencing a lot of emotions.” If we thought that would be the height of seeing Don’s vulnerability (when has he ever admitted to having feelings?), we were wrong.

From the very first terrifying scene of Ken Cosgrove having no control over the group he’s driving with to Grandma Ida’s visit, we see our characters descend to a state of pure chaos. Time is lost; it’s hard to differentiate between the days and nights, both for the characters and the viewers.

We see Stan dealing with grief and he tries to hook up with Peggy, sparked by his cousin’s death in Vietnam. We see Sally and Bobby deal with a thief in their house, and Sally's defense of mistaking a woman for her grandmother: "I realized I don’t know anything about you."

And Don. I’m not a huge fan of his flashbacks -- they seem so disconnected from that past. But, they do shed some light onto the elusive Draper. We see how Don lost his virginity, and a partial explanation of his love of secrecy. What happened between him and the prostitute was his secret, until it was discovered. She not only was the first woman who was intimate with him, but possibly the first woman who was kind to him.

Don goes from a shattered mess to spending three days high thinking of Sylvia. Finally, with the realization that his actions (leaving the back door open) could have seriously harmed his children jolting him back to his unemotional self, followed by the longest elevator ride, ever. It also leads to his refusal to continue with Chevy’s ad campaign. “Everytime we get a car, this place turns into a whorehouse.”

Bobby Kennedy’s passing wasn’t mentioned in this episode, but the sense of uncertainty, the continuing themes of death, and the disjointed storytelling quality captured the times extremely well. When Peggy talks about loss and says you have to feel it -- “you can’t dampen it with drugs or sex” -- it seems like she’s talking to a whole generation of people.

Plus, Woodstock is only a year away. It was about time we saw these characters get high, and it was very comical.

Some additional thoughts:

“Chevy is spelled wrong!” Awesome.

Betty’s back and gives us a few great lines. She asks Sally where she got money for the skirt, and when Sally says it’s from working, Betty asks, “on what street corner?” She tells Megan she was hanging out on a casting couch, and randomly mentions her husband’s campaign in the middle of a police scene in Don’s apartment. And wait, she’s blonde again?

Bobby. “Are we negroes?”

“I hate how dying makes saints out of people.” Although Gleason was discussed here, it’s hard not to think of the famous deaths that happened in 1968.

“I could be dying in Vietnam and I can’t have a car?” Love Ginsberg. Leave it to him to give a reminder of the cushy lives being lived in the Time-Life building.

This week’s favorite scene: Ken Cosgrove tap dancing (of course).

Sally is reading “Rosemary’s Baby.” Um.

Moles. Sylvia has one, the prostitute had one, and so did that woman in the ad about soup Don made years ago. Weird.


It’s the '60s. A druggy, dream-like episode was expected, and finally, we got it. What did you think of Grandma Ida? Of Don’s way of dealing with loss? Leave your thoughts in the comments.

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Mind games galore: A 'Mad Men' recap

Posted by Swati Gauri Sharma May 13, 2013 08:44 AM

And in the last two minutes of the episode, it finally happened.

Just before I watched "Mad Men" last night, a friend said she was eager to watch the Robert Kennedy assassination episode. We knew it was coming-- and we predicted a momentous episode, similar to the ones when our "Mad Men" friends dealt with President Kennedy's death (at Roger Sterling's daughter's wedding) or Martin Luther King's assassination (at an award show dinner).

We have heard Bobby Kennedy's name mentioned numerous times over these last episodes this season, and every time, I feel a pang of devastation for these characters. A drunken Ted Chaough mentioned Bobby's name again, but I didn't think the deed would be done in this hour-long episode. And then, I was wrong.

After an episode full of Don's mind games, a romance ending (Don and Sylvia, finally), a potential new one starting (Joan and Bob), of Pete's struggles with his mother, and of Peggy's return to her old stomping grounds, I didn't think this would be the RFK assassination episode. Alas, it was. In the last two minutes, we see Pete's mother and Megan take in the event. We see a crying Megan and a Don who doesn't even attempt to comfort his wife, but takes a seat far away from her on the other end of the bed.

In many ways, it was perfect. It was creator Matthew Weiner saying: This is how America felt. Mere months after the Martin Luther King tragedy comes another. After a year of devastating violence in Vietnam comes more bad news. After some hope, as Ted dismissed Nixon, we saw a candidate who represented the future fall. Again. And with each passing tragedy, our characters grow more unsettled, disillusioned, and lost.

And no character is more lost than the "mysterious" Don Draper. Is anyone else getting tired of how much these episodes this season revolve around this man? If he isn't on screen, he's being discussed-- this time by Ted and Frank Gleason. Where is Betty? And his daughter Sally? And after last week's healthy dose of Roger Sterling, can we have some more? Getting a little tired of droopy Don Draper.

In the opening segment of the episode, we see Don hear his lover Sylvia's argument with her husband. Don couldn't get away faster. And with that, we knew the end of Don-Sylvia was near. Don's disturbing segments with Sylvia, his mind games and his power plays, may have been his attempt to push her so far that she would end the union. Or maybe he knew she was all he had, at the moment, and wanted to take complete advantage of that. He was no doubt devastated when she ended things-- it's been a long while since we've seen Don Draper that shaken and vulnerable. But he must have known this was coming. If anything, he made it happen.

I'm glad that's over. Draper vs. Chaough is far more interesting.

And with that, here are my other thoughts:

Peggy, you are awesome. She knows what Don is up to, and she let him know. She's right-- despite Don's hurt when Peggy left, he never really tried to win her back. But now, she's back.

Where are you, Dawn? Although I love her character, I was glad she was absent for the moment when Don's phone rang and Peggy asked (sarcastically) if she should pick it up. It reminded us how far Peggy had come on her own merit. Get it, girl.

"I'm glad you're here." "Well, I'm glad you're here!" Peggy and Joanie, BFFs. This segment takes my "favorite moment of the episode" prize.

Ted Chaough's gallantry. The meeting sequence, where we see Ted's show of "gallantry," as Roger put it, gave us another look into this newish character. In the past, he failed to impress me, with his Peggy kiss and all. But he's growing on me. His way of handling Don's immature move of getting him wasted, maybe by taking him in a tiny plane, was brilliant. I agree with Peggy-- here's hoping he rubs off on Don, who is getting more unbearable by every episode.

Groovy. Ted used the word. And when we thought he couldn't get cooler.

Speaking of groovy. How groovy is Roger's office? Very, very groovy.

Joan and Bob.
Ok, I guess this is the episode when you start liking characters you may not have before (Ted, Bob). I'm not sure if I completely trust his actions yet, but Joanie is awesome. He better not mess with her.

Betty. Sally. Bobby. Where are you? Give us a break from Don's ridiculousness, please.

There you have it. What did you think of the episode? Were you surprised by the RFK death at the end? What are your thought's on Don's further plunge into darkness? Leave your thoughts in the comments.

Don Draper loves puppies: A 'Mad Men' recap

Posted by Swati Gauri Sharma May 5, 2013 11:37 PM

And, finally, some light.

After four episodes of darkness, death, and loneliness comes an episode where we see what I've been missing this season: Roger's charm, Don working, Don NOT cheating, and some good news.

We also saw the end of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce.

It all started with a dinner. Don's meal with Jaguar's Herb Rennet resulted in the end of Jaguar and SCDP, and it probably would have been different if Roger was able to make it. I thought the dinner was absurd and hilarious, especially when Don deadpans, "I love puppies." When he gets rid of Herb, it gets even better.

Of course, the news didn't go over so well with everyone: Pete falls down the stairs (which makes the cut as the episode's best highlight), and Joan (quite rightly) says, if she could handle him, how couldn't Don? Yes, Joan's night with Herb wasn't a complete sacrifice: she slept with him and it got them Jaguar, but it also got Joan a partnership. She did bring up a fair point: Don does what he wants, when he wants.

I thought Herb's ouster was a long time coming, and of course leaving Don alone with the man could only have this result. But Don always acts on his own and does what he likes. The disapproval hurt him the most coming from Joan -- he thought she of all people would appreciate it. But she was right, it's always "I" with him, never "we." Lucky for Don, he got a break because of Roger and his brilliant move to get in with Chevy.

Time will tell if the other action he took on his own will be a smart move or a senseless one. Don then did the same exact thing Joan had accused him earlier of doing and spearheaded a merger with his rival, Ted Chaough, the man who stole his protege, Peggy, to win over Chevy and to compete with the country's largest ones. It could be a brilliant move, but it doesn't seem as triumphant as the formation of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce seemed in the season 3 finale. There are many changes to come, and as we learned earlier in the episode, Peggy doesn't love change.

She does love Bobby Kennedy though. Uh oh.

Some thoughts on the episode:

Bye, Bye. Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce. Cutler Gleason and Chaough. Hello again, Peggy + Don.

Hello, Joan. I hate Herb Rennet, but I loved her speech. And THIS is the Joan we love.

Must mention Pete falling down the stairs again.

Megan and her marriage. Her mother told her in French, “You talk like a woman who has been married much longer than you have," and gave Megan advice that only Megan's sultry mother would give. Even though I"m not a huge Megan fan, it was nice to not see Don cheating on his wife; to see Don focused on work, and his wife, and not on another woman.

Bert's drink of choice.
While everyone else opts for stiff drinks, I love that he requested either brandy or "spirits of elderflower."

Mother's Day, 1968. This episode aired a week before Mother's Day 2013. That rarely happens. Kind of cool.

Roger Sterling, back in action. Did he really use his mother's recent death to get a girl back in bed? Yes, yes he did. But he also got a meeting with Chevy.

“I don’t believe in fate. we make our own opportunities." And that is precisely what Don did. He could have consulted his partners before losing an important account or merging companies, but he knew he would meet with opposition and did what he thought was right. As a parter at Cutler Gleason and Chaough said before the meeting with Chevy, "I am against this idea, unless it works." I am definitely for firing the disgusting Jaguar owner and merging companies. Because for now, Don's "I" approach is working.

What did you think of the episode? What did you think of Pete's fiasco with his father-in-law, and of Peggy's burgeoning feelings for her boss? Leave your thoughts in the comments.

History haunts and unsettles many in 'Mad Men'

Posted by Swati Gauri Sharma April 29, 2013 11:41 PM

"Mad Men" creator Matthew Weiner recently told Terry Gross on NPR's "Fresh Air" that 1968 was one of the worst years in American history. We see the tensions of the time reflected most accurately in our main man Don Draper, who is unraveling with each episode in this sixth season.

We know what our "Mad Men" characters are going to deal with. We knew the Tet Offensive was coming. We know Martin Luther King's assassination was on its way, and we know the fate of a certain Massachusetts politican that will happen in just a few months.

But with each historic event, we get to watch how each character reacts- sometimes with grief, anger, love, resentment, or just denial. In this episode, we saw that empathy and remorse can sometimes come from the most unlikely of sources, and events like these can cause unexpected reactions. We learned that, whether is April of 1968 or April of 2013, national tragedies touch us all, whether we're close to the source or not. Some of us want to do anything we can (like Megan attending the vigil), or that we want to stay somehow connected (Betty unable to turn off the television). Just a few weeks ago, we all received this unwelcome reminder.

A breakdown of the episode:

Race (and awkward hugs). As was predicted, this topic has been touched more heavily and consistently than past seasons. We saw how deeply divided things were-- whether it was through Peggy's interaction with her secretary of through Joan's awkward hug with Dawn. It was painful to watch these two strong women try to relate to a situation that is so different from theirs. This truth is painfully apparent to Dawn and to Phyllis, but not to Joan or Peggy.

Pete. It's not a secret this guy isn't my favorite character, but he has always been on the cutting edge of seeing past racial boundaries.This tragedy may have sparked a painful realization of his mistakes and how alone he is, but I do believe it's creator Matthew Weiner saying no character is purely good or evil. Nothing is just black or white.

Roger's druggy friend with one of the worst ad ideas ever is Lost's Ethan. Does he always have to be creepy?

Don and Bobby. So far, this scene of Don taking Bobby to his place of refuge, the movies, is one of my favorite moments in this season so far. We see the creativity and smarts Don's middle child has (for the first time, and with no help from his parents). We see the heart wrenching moment when he tells a black movie theater staffer that, "people come to the movies when they are sad." We watch Don fall in love with his son.

Don's darkness. It much be such a hard thing to admit: you have to fake love for your children. it shows how completely problematic Don's thoughts and actions are, and we see the effects they have on so many people. Bobby's worry is about his stepfather, not his own, and Sally's troubled relationship with her father is well-documented. We see Megan and Don, and although they had a "moment" this episode, we see his inability to connect with anyone and impossible standards he sets for people in his life that they will eventually fail to meet, no matter how hard they try (Peggy, Megan). Now, we see him longing for his mistress, but how long will it last?

The episode ended with Don on the balcony, alone. Despite being constantly surrounded by people, he is alone. With each episode, we get more and more insight into how much internal struggle Don faces, and it leaves us wondering-- will he ever be able to get out of his own personal hell, or is he doomed? And who is he taking with him?

Let's just hope it's not Bobby, because as we saw, that kid is pretty cool.

Did you watch the episode? What are your thoughts? What did you think of Michael Ginsberg's arranged date? And the new hope for Peggy's relationship? How did you think the show handled MLK's death? Leave your thoughts in the comments.

The women are back in 'Mad Men'

Posted by Swati Gauri Sharma April 21, 2013 11:53 PM

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Talk about changing times: Remember when Peggy and Joan were secretaries and Don would have secret conversations with his wife Betty’s psychiatrist?

Now, we see Peggy accomplishing so much that her former boss is spying on her presentation, and we see Joan as a partner-- a role model to some, still a secretary to others.

And, most importantly, we see the men of “Mad Men” struggling with these women and their success.

Here is a breakdown of the episode:

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Honor, dishonor: A ‘Mad Men’ recap

Posted by Swati Gauri Sharma April 15, 2013 12:14 AM

"You were given the choice between war and dishonor. You chose dishonor and you will have war."- Winston Churchill (or Roger's mom)

The episode opened up in a creepy scene at Pete Campbell’s home, when wives were hitting on others' husbands and husbands were hitting on others' wives, all in present company, of course. (And, of course, the scene was unpleasant. It involved Pete.)

Last week’s episode centered around death (and Hell, as one commenter wisely put it). Yet somehow, this episode left me more disturbed than last week’s.

January 30, 1968, was the launch of the Tet Offensive, where the Viet Cong violated a cease fire that was to be observed for the Tet Lunar New Year and attacked South Vietnamese and American bases. It was widely seen as a dishonorable act of war (for the Americans, at least).

Honor, dishonor, and shame were the central themes of “The Collaborators.” We heard Roger refer to it after the amazing scene of Don foiling attempts of drifting away from a national Jaguar campaign and heavily focusing on local car dealer ads. (Was Herb thinking of something like this?)

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Death, scotch, and sideburns: 'Mad Men' returns

Posted by Swati Gauri Sharma April 8, 2013 12:42 AM

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Michael Yarish/AMC

One of television’s best shows is back, and brings with it darkness heavier than ever before. The sunny, "Zou Bisou Bisou" "Mad Men" days of last season are long gone. The strong, defiant older men of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce are fading, while the younger men are embracing the times (as seen by their sideburns, fashion, and facial hair. Harry looked hilarious.).

“Mad Men” has always had its share of darkness, best amplified by the leading man, Don Draper. But this show has also always thrived on subtlety, causing viewers to interpret, analyze, and guess almost every dialogue or action taken in each episode. The season 6 premiere ditches subtlety: In this episode, death is omnipresent.

You see hints of death in obvious ways: The news that shakes Roger Sterling; the conversations between Don and his new friend, Dr. Rosen; the incident with the doorman, who we thought was a goner but was revived; and in most conversations Don has with just about anyone.

Then, morbidity creeps in during the most positive of subjects: Marriage is the reason, says a Vietnam soldier who is about to tie the knot, that may save him from death in Vietnam. He hears it gives soldiers something to live for. Darkness lurks when Don somehow turns a pitch about Hawaii, or paradise, into a message that is chock full of allusions to suicide. Heaven, he says, is acquired only if something terrible happens. You hear it in jokes that Betty makes, who, after commending a 15-year-old on her violin skills, makes terrible jokes about her husband raping said teenage girl. (That was horrifying, even on Betty standards.)

The reason for this bleak theme? Peggy’s man Abe Drexler said it best: “It’s about time this unjust war is having an effect on commerce.” It’s about time the Vietnam war, which resulted in thousands of soldiers dying every year, caught up to our “Mad Men” friends. There was no trigger point-- no killing of a soldier (we all thought it would be Joan’s husband, right?), no reaction of a war-related news story. The darkness was just there—a real presence that seeped into these characters. Note: It seems that the episode ends on January 1, 1968. The Tet Offensive launches about a month later.)

In other notes:

Megan. You don’t see this theme directly reflecting in Megan Draper, whose rising stardom is evident by the amount of weight she has lost. Unlike her husband, who seems deeply disturbed, Megan seems blissfully happy, and blissfully ignorant in her newfound career as an actress. How could she not know Don is sleeping with their neighbor? I don’t think she is aware, but I think she’s choosing to overlook it. Not in a Betty Draper kind of looking-the-other-way, but in a more, self –absorbed, I-only-care-about-myself kind of way.

Peggy. She is the new Don Draper (minus all the scotch and adultery … so far). It was enthralling to see her save the day on a huge account, yet still learning lessons in leadership. It was the kind of moment (the victory, not the lesson) that we have grown accustomed to Don achieving. And it is brilliant of creator Matthew Weiner to show one star rise while the other falls.

Sally. Teenager! Just like Peggy is so her boss’s protégé, Sally is so her mother’s daughter. I thought she would reflect more of the hippie zeitgeist of her times, but she just seems like a normal adolescent with a sharp tongue. (Remind you of anyone? Her mother, perhaps?)

Joan. We want more!

Pete, Harry, Ken, and Stan. Cool hair / sideburns / beards, dudes.

Race and religion. Don is friends with a Jewish doctor (which seems more significant than Roger’s ex-wife’s Jane’s religion or Don’s ex-lover). His secretary, Dawn, seemed at ease with Don and the staff, unlike last season, where she was called “black coffee” in the season 5 finale. Can’t wait to see how these subjects are explored further.


The episode itself is called “The Doorway,” which I took it to mean the doorway between life and death, and the doorway Don is standing in— the inner turmoil and restlessness inside of him has never been so clear. (He’s cheating on his wife, something that seemed implausible in most of season 5, and got so drunk at a funeral he threw up. Really?) We see the older generation struggling with the times. (Betty in the East Village was one of the best scenes, next to the scene of Roger receiving some grim news.)

Although some of my favorite season 5 moments were heart warming-- Don and Joan’s day out, Peggy and Don running into each other in a theater-- I am looking forward to this “Dante’s Inferno” themed season, even if it will make us long for the show’s, and history's, supposed good ol’ days.

'Mad Men' stars nearing two-year deals

Posted by Glenn Yoder August 2, 2012 01:31 PM

From left: Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser, January Jones, and Christina Hendricks.


The next two, apparently final, seasons of "Mad Men" are shaping up, as castmembers Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser, and January Jones have reportedly agreed to two-year deals, while Christina Hendricks is still negotiating, according to Deadline. E! is also confirming the news, though the actors have not made official statements.

Series star Jon Hamm, who plays Don Draper, signed a three-year pact before this past season, which included a sizable raise, for $250,000 per episode, reports mashable.com. The Deadline report states that "Jones, Moss, and Kartheiser are poised to receive significant salary bumps well into six figures per episode."

The contract for Moss should quell concerns about her feisty copywriter Peggy Olson exiting the show after the character left the ad agency this season. Similarly, it means we'll be seeing Kartheiser's smug Pete Campbell in both seasons after some viewers began to predict his character was headed toward a life-threatening meltdown. Meanwhile, Jones will return as Draper's ex-wife Betty Francis, while Hendricks is working on a deal to resume her role as curvy office manager-turned-junior partner Joan Holloway.

These contracts would keep most of the show's core wrapped up through its seventh season, which series creator Matthew Weiner says will be its last. There's a lot to cover over the next two seasons, as Weiner has told reporters he plans to end "Mad Men" in the present day.

But with production on the sixth season set to begin in October, several other key castmembers remain unsigned, most notably Newton native John Slattery, who plays the agency's co-namesake Roger Sterling and provides the show's primary comic relief.

'Mad Men' season five finale: Is the old Don Draper back?

Posted by Mawuse Ziegbe June 11, 2012 02:06 PM

The fifth-season finale of "Mad Men" appeared to come full circle for ol' Dick Whitman, er, Don Draper.

Note: Spoilers below.

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'Mad Men' 's Lane Pryce bids farewell (spoiler alert)

Posted by Mawuse Ziegbe June 4, 2012 02:13 PM

Last night's episode of "Mad Men" ended on a tragic note.

Lane Pryce, the often even-keeled Brit in the "Mad Men" melee, committed suicide in a shocking twist in the penultimate episode of the fifth season. The show opened with the revelation that Pryce had embezzled money from the firm to handle his personal money troubles. When Don learns the truth, he forces Pryce to resign, although no one else is privy to the conversation.

Meanwhile, Pryce's wife buys her newly unemployed hubby a shiny new Jaguar, and his subtle attempt to seduce Joan goes nowhere. Finally, we see that Pryce has hanged himself on his office door. Refusing to wait until the coroner arrives, a crestfallen Draper, assisted by Roger and Pete, remove the corpse and lay it on the couch.

What do you think of Lane Pryce's "Mad Men" exit? Let us know in the comments.

'Mad Men' recap: Megan quits, Pete cheats

Posted by Mawuse Ziegbe May 7, 2012 12:11 PM

"Mad Men" keeps rolling on toward more drama.

In this episode, Pete takes the advice of his commuting companion on how to cheat, and ends up having an extramarital affair with the fella's wife, Beth, played by Alexis Bledel. He keeps trying to meet up with her, while she spends most of their time together putting the kibosh on any other rendezvous.

While Megan seems to have a knack for this whole copywriting thing, she'd much rather be following her dream of being an actress. So, she quits. However, Megan ditching Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce means that Peggy has to fill in as Don's wife for a Cool Whip commercial that is supposed to play off their easy chemistry. But since Don and Peggy don't have easy chemistry, their pitch is super awkward and Peggy ends up screaming at Don in a way she's probably wanted to do for, oh, five seasons now.



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