Rich white people have two hobbies: controlling the government and tweeting about Mad Men. Which explains why, in less than 48 hours, Republican presidential candidate and walking quantum theory Mitt Romney has suddenly found himself the unwitting subject of two separate Mad Men-related Twitter arguments. On Sunday’s Mad Men, Romney’s father got a shout out when Henry Francis was overheard yelling into a telephone, “Romney is a clown and I don’t want him standing next to him!” This was a reference to Mitt’s father, Governor George S. Romney, a Lee Marvin lookalike who infamously cratered his 1968 presidential run when he offhandedly commented that he’d been “brainwashed”* about Vietnam. READ FULL STORY
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Last night, Don Draper and Harry Crane set off on a noble quest. Their goal: To convince the Rolling Stones to record a jingle for nature’s sexiest food, Heinz baked beans. Alas, SCDP’s brave knights were thwarted when a stoned Harry accidentally signed The Trade Winds* instead of Mick, Brian, and the gang. Their defeat was stinging; only eating 20-odd hamburgers could help soften the blow.
Though some viewers might have found this storyline goofy, Mad Men isn’t nuts for suggesting the Stones might sell out, even at the height of their popularity. As Don told a teenager at the concert, the band actually recorded a rockabilly Rice Krispies jingle in 1963; the song appeared in a commercial that aired only in the UK in 1964. Here’s the spot in question: READ FULL STORY
Before he became Don Draper, Jon Hamm made his living by playing a more masculine version of Piper Perabo’s Coyote Ugly character.
Okay, that’s an exaggeration. But according to actress Kelly Lynch (The L Word, Starz’s upcoming Magic City), the man who would be Dick Whitman did tend bar at the parties she’d throw with her husband, producer Mitch Glazer.
“He was the most gorgeous and adorable guy we’d ever met,” Lynch tells Xfinity TV. “All of the women would be lined up at the bar like alcoholics just to see him shake his martini shaker.” READ FULL STORY
The gradual introduction of Megan in the fourth season of Mad Men was one of the more interesting stealth plot lines in recent TV history. Initially just another pretty face in the Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce secretary pool, Megan became a surprise dark horse in the “Who Will Be the New Mrs. Draper?” sweepstakes after a late-night work session with Don turned steamy. A trip to Disneyland — and Megan’s soft-power approach to parenting — sealed the engagement.
Thanks to Matthew Weiner’s fervent anti-spoiler policy, nobody knew what sort of role Megan would play in the new season. I figured she’d be relegated to guest-star domesticity, like Pete’s wife, Trudie. So it was a genuine surprise that last night’s episode was, in many ways, a Megan-centric episode. While the new Mrs. Draper threw her husband a party and sang a sultry French love song, we saw the other characters respond to her new expanded role. Don has never been happier. Peggy is skeptical. Harry Crane looked exactly like this. READ FULL STORY
Roger: Why don’t you sing like her?
Jane: Why don’t you look like him?
– Roger and Jane on Mad Men
Check out the rest of your quote submissions from Sunday, March 25th, and make sure you come back tonight to share your pick for best sound bite!
(EDIT: The quote above should be attributed to Roger and Jane, not Roger and Joan, as was previously written. Our apologies.)
PopWatch Planner: 'Mad Men,' 'Game of Thrones,' and 'The Killing' return, and Spock beams down to 'The Big Bang Theory'
Judging by its record-setting opening weekend, the odds are ever more in your favor that you’ve seen The Hunger Games by now. Which means your schedule is that much more free to have it be overwhelmed by the DVR death-match looming next Sunday, when the second seasons of The Killing and Game of Thrones premiere, against the second episode of Mad Men‘s fifth season (and, oh right, there’s The Good Wife and The Amazing Race and The Simpsons and the final season of Desperate Housewives, too). It’ll be up to you to decide how the heck to navigate this scheduling minefield, but click here to see how EW TV critic Ken Tucker’s wading through it.
In between, Madonna’s newest studio album hits stores, Spock(‘s voice) comes to The Big Bang Theory, and Julia Roberts and Sam Worthington valiantly vie for second place against the Hunger Games juggernaut. But first things first, tonight marks the long-awaited, two-hour return of Mad Men. Enjoy your week!
SUNDAY, March 25
Mad Men season premiere — 9 p.m., AMC
We’ve waited 17 months, so the least Don, Peggy, Joan, Roger, and Pete can do is welcome us back with a two hour feast of gorgeous 1960s nostalgia and doleful glances into bottomless chasms of existential ennui, right? READ FULL STORY
'Mad Men' creator Matthew Weiner gives you character-by-character teases for season 5... with a twist
Wait… it’s already time for another season of Mad Men? It feels like just 17 months ago that we bid farewell to the Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce folks! Just kidding—the lack of Mad Men in our lives has been thoroughly agonizing and unacceptable. That will be corrected within a matter of hours, of course, as AMC unveils the double-sized season 5 premiere of the Emmy-winning ad-agency-set retro-drama at 9 p.m. ET. Wondering what kind of delicately devastating drama awaits Don Draper & Co.? You received a few clues if you checked out our recent cover story or these bonus quotes from the cast and creator/executive producer Matthew Weiner. But we’re not done quite yet. EW has squeezed 11 more teases from Weiner, and are serving them up with a special twist: We omitted the names of the characters that he was talking about. Don’t worry, you can find the answers below, so take your best guess as to which person he’s talking about, and then speculate what it all means. Also, feel free to light up a bold-flavored prediction for season 5 in the comments section.
Ever since The Sopranos ended its second season with the brutal shooting death of a main character, most modern TV dramas have made a cruel game out of jauntily killing off their characters. Mad Men is the rare drama where nobody ever dies (except from old age, plane crashes, or being kicked in the head by a horse). But that doesn’t mean the supporting cast is safe. In fact, over the course of Mad Men‘s first four seasons, characters who seemed central to the storyline were often heartlessly cast aside. In season 4, a couple of those characters reappeared. The alcoholic Freddie Rumsen copywriter returned clean and sober; Don’s season-1 beatnik-crush Midge returned with a nasty heroin addiction. READ FULL STORY
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