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Part-Draper/Part-Banksy: 'Mad Men' season 5 posters get tagged

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Ad posters that line the walls of New York City subway stations have long been a canvas for the some of the city’s most opinionated, clever, masterful, and — probably more often times than not, bored — artists. (If the G train ever arrived on time I wonder how many local news anchors would be smiling back at commuters from their posters without missing teeth or mustaches.)

Now, thanks to the minimalist teaser ad for the upcoming fifth season of Mad Men, which features nothing but the falling silhouette from the show’s opening credits and the long-awaited return date, taggers have been given a nearly blank canvas to work with and are generating some of the most amusing subway art in ages. (Quick aside to New Yorkers: Have you ever actually seen someone tagging an ad? I can’t help but chuckle at our fellow commuters declarations that all the latest movies “suck!!” but I’ve never actually witnessed a culprit in action. Maybe it’s like Charlie Day’s theory about baby pigeons in Going the Distance. They have to be somewhere, we’ve just never seen them. End aside.)
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'Mad Men' inspires special 1960's 'Newsweek' issue

Seems like everyone, even Newsweek magazine, wants a piece of Jon Hamm.

Newsweek editor Tina Brown announced today that in promotion for Mad Men’s fifth season premiere on March 25 (!), the magazine would be going Mad. (Well, not Mad.) Specifically, the entire publication would revert back to its 1960s design — including the advertisements.

Brown told Ad Age, “Newsweek was very much on the cultural forefront at the time of the show. It covered the events that are so much of the background for the show’s drama — the burgeoning civil rights movement, the women’s rights movement, the Vietnam War. That was Newsweek‘s cutting-edge beat and its flourishing journalistic subject. So it seemed like a wonderful marriage in a sense to take that and apply it to the magazine, to make the magazine an homage to the period.” READ FULL STORY

'Mad Men' is returning: Let the countdown (and inevitable drinking games) begin!

What‘s that noise you hear? Why, only the divine sound of Scotch glasses being clinked together in celebration to the news that Mad Men is finally coming back after what has felt like an endless hiatus. As we reported yesterday, star and all-around handsome man Jon Hamm stated in an interview that the Emmy-winning AMC series is set to return on March 25.

I’ll drink to that! In fact, in addition to the bevy of Mad Men-associated drinking games out there (this one suggests “Take a sip when you pine for the late Miss Blankenship”) there’s plenty of other ways to pass the time over the next 75 days. Here’s some EW suggestions for your Mad Men countdown:

  • If you’re a fan, re-watch all the seasons on DVD, natch. (“The Suitcase” is just as brilliant as you remember it.)
  • If you’re a newbie, watch all the seasons on DVD, natch. (Be sure to study up on Pete Campbell’s Bitchface so that you can point them out to seasoned fans while you watch.) READ FULL STORY

Why the next 'Lost' shouldn't be anything like 'Lost'

“The next Lost.” For the past seven years, it’s been a TV industry grail quest, and, for the past 18 months since Lost left the air, a felt need for those who not only miss the Oceanic 815 castaways and the Island but the sense of community that the show spawned. From the moment ABC’s saga about redemption-needy souls trapped in a mystical, tropical purgatory became an instant phenom in September of 2004, the leading purveyors of small-screen entertainment have been trying to replicate the success of a cult pop property tailored to our Comic-Con culture that somehow managed to connect with a whole host of non-geeks, too. Key ingredients: Mystery. Monsters. Morally ambiguous heroes and misunderstood villains who belong to a world gone strange, fighting or surviving supernatural beings, strange science and/or secret history, debating things faith and reason, fate and happenstance as they go. Toss in some quips, sex appeal, and a smattering of literary and philosophical hyperlinks, and DUDE! you got yourself another Lost. Right?

Among the wannabes that launched during the span of Lost’s six-year run, Heroes came closest to achieving Lost-like glory, though its critical and popular regard quickly waned after its first season. Fringe — developed by Lost co-creator J.J. Abrams and launched late in Lost’s run — is a critical favorite that remains on the air, but has never cracked the code for mainstream acceptance. Since Lost self-terminated in 2010, cable hits like The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, and American Horror Story have engendered the kind of intense following that Lost engendered and received the Cool Thing! anointing that Lost received, yet they will most likely will never produce the kind of weekly viewership numbers that Lost produced. This past fall, ABC introduced Once Upon a Time, a fantasy from two of Lost’s key producers that has aggressively courted old Lost watchers, with promos that touted the Lost pedigree and episodes sprinkled with Lost Easter eggs like Apollo candy bars and McCutcheon whisky. The family-hour fairy tale ranks among the season’s top-rated rookies, yet many media folks — often allergic to earnestness and partial to Buffyesque grim — haven’t been able to wholly embrace it. Here at EW, we’re constantly getting e-mails from readers that go something like: “I love [Insert show here] – but it’s not the same as Lost.” READ FULL STORY

Jon Stewart and 'The Daily Show' Twitter prank Jon Huntsman, who, for the record, is not Jon Hamm

If GOP presidential candidate Jon Huntsman initially found himself fielding questions like “Didn’t Jon Hamm’s Don Draper just propose to Megan in the season four finale as a means to simply keep hiding from the past and himself?” instead of something along the lines of, “What are your plans for budget reform?” he (and, okay, we, as we’re incredibly amused by this) have another Jon to thank.

In what can only be hailed as one of the funniest Twitter stunts ever, Jon Stewart and his Daily Show team punked Huntsman’s “Twitter Town Hall meeting” on Tuesday afternoon. After the Utah governor reminded his followers, “I’m taking your questions on Twitter at 4:45 ET TODAY. Use hashtag #Q4Jon. Excited to do it!” The Daily Show sent out a tweet a few hours later that read, “@MadMen_AMC fans: tweet Jon Hamm your questions by 4:15 Eastern! Hashtag #Q4Jon.” (See below.) And thus, a prank involving three good-humored, handsome Jons began.

 

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Matthew Weiner knows how 'Mad Men' will end. Hint: It won't be like 'Sopranos'

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We’re closer to the end of Mad Men then we are to the beginning. Ever since creator Matthew Weiner and AMC finally reached a compromise on the Great Showrunner Contract Negotiation of 2011, Weiner has been declaring pretty definitively that the show will run for a total of seven seasons. That’s still a lot of Mad Men — especially if the show keeps taking 18 months between seasons, we’ll be luxuriating in Don Draper’s beautiful melancholy until 2015 — but Weiner already has a sense of how he’s going to end the show. In a freewheeling conversation with Curb Your Enthusiasm‘s Jeff Garlin at L.A.’s Largo, Weiner said that he knows how the show will end. “I always felt like it would be the experience of human life. And human life has a destination. It doesn’t mean Don’s gonna die. What I’m looking for, and how I hope to end the show, is like… It’s 2011. Don Draper would be 84 right now. I want to leave the show in a place where you have an idea of what it meant and how it’s related to you.” READ FULL STORY

Jon Hamm reveals who almost played Don Draper

After four seasons as Mad Men‘s Don Draper, it’s difficult to imagine anyone but Jon Hamm as the dapper 1960’s ad executive whose seemingly perfect life is slowly being unraveled by a dark secret. Hamm is Draper, even when he plays versions of the chiseled-chin character for laughs on 30 Rock or Saturday Night Live. But it almost never happened. Hamm tells Marc Maron in his WTF Podcast (scroll to 41:00) that Don Draper was nearly Hung. That is to say that AMC originally had its sights set on Hung‘s Thomas Jane for the role. READ FULL STORY

BREAKING: Jon Hamm in a tux! (With special, equally attractive guest Christina Hendricks)

Yes, you’re excited for Kyle Chandler and Melissa McCarthy, and, yes, you loved that Office parody. But, still, we know that nothing about the Emmys got you more pumped than the image of everyone’s favorite cartoon pilot, Jon Hamm, in a tux. Alas, Don Draper didn’t win last night — even if his show, Mad Men, did — so we were left to settle for a few fleeting moments with Hamm on the red carpet. So, above left, we offer you an antidote to the withdrawal: The two best-looking people at the Emmys, for your computer wallpaper’s pleasure. Enjoy!

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I Spy: Christina Hendricks at the 'I Don't Know How She Does It' premiere

There’s a photo of stunning Mad Men actress Christina Hendricks at the premiere of I Don’t Know How She Does It in New York City on Monday night that’s making the rounds on the Internet this morning. Apparently there’s something about the photo that really has people buzzing, so let’s take a guess at what that is, shall we PopWatchers? Could it be fashionistas gawking over her gorgeous salmon-colored satin Vivienne Westwood gown? Or was it her pairing that stylish, classy jewelry with a jeweled clutch that has accessories fiends drooling? Nope, we’ve got it! It’s the hair. Gotta be the hair. Mystery solved. Case closed.

Do you know how she does it, PopWatchers?

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Spot Inspection: What TV show are you currently catching up on?

Here’s some good PR for Netflix! Starting tomorrow, Mad Men‘s first four seasons will be available for instant streaming. That means you can catch up on the entire series with a binge, or by rationing to make it last you through the summer. That made us wonder: What TV show are you currently catching up on while your DVR is light? (It’s always both a relief and a disappointment to return home from a week’s vacation and find your DVR still has space, right?)

Right now, I’m in limbo. So really, I’m just looking for ideas. I finally watched both seasons of Party Down this summer and highly recommend you doing so if you haven’t. I’ve got a Torchwood: The Complete Original UK Series set on my desk. Thinking that’s what I’ll dive into next…

Your turn.

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