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Memorial Day weekend TV marathons: An A to Z guide

Hopefully you’ll get to spend plenty of time outdoors this weekend, soaking up the sun. But if rain (or laziness) keeps you inside, we’ve compiled the TV marathons playing this weekend to keep you occupied! Enjoy! READ FULL STORY

Jon Hamm reveals why 'Mad Men' keeps secrets better than the CIA -- VIDEO

Mad Men creator Matt Weiner’s obsession with confidentiality is no secret. The show’s actors keep mum in interviews, terrified of letting slip even the tiniest hint of a sliver of a spoiler. When reviewers received advance copies of the show’s sixth season premiere this year, they were instructed not to reveal what year the episode took place, the existence of any new characters, and “whether the agency has expanded to an additional floor.” And according to star Jon Hamm, new featured guest star Linda Cardellini wasn’t even allowed to attend the show’s premiere — since doing so would have effectively announced that she’s on Mad Men this season.

Jon Stewart was fascinated by this anecdote when Hamm told it on The Daily Show last night. “The CIA cannot keep their people from being outed!” the comedian exclaimed. “How do you, in a cast and a set, and with all the people–“

That’s when Hamm interrupted Stewart, revealing the secret to Mad Men‘s secret-keeping success. It’s simple: “We frequent, as a cast, far fewer Venezuelan prostitutes than the CIA. Just as a group.” Point: Don Draper.

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'Mad Men' takes on Martin: A look back at how the show tackled 6 major events

Mad Men is, obviously, a period piece — but creator Matthew Weiner has been careful to prevent the series from ever feeling like That ’60s Show. Throughout its run, Weiner and his team of writers have made a habit of referencing then-current events coyly rather than using them to catalyze plots. See, for example, the way season 3’s “Wee Small Hours” mentions 1963’s March on Washington, but focuses much more on trouble at the office than that civil rights milestone.

Then again, some events are too big for Mad Men to tackle obliquely — which is why nearly every season has featured one episode that revolves around a certain historical watershed and, more specifically, how it affects the lives of every one of the show’s characters.

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'Mad Men' star Jessica Pare says 'Zou Bisou Bisou' bug runs in the family -- VIDEO

It’s been over a year since Megan Draper (Jessica Paré) serenaded her husband — and all of his co-workers — with the sexy French song “Zou Bisou Bisou” in Mad Men‘s fifth season premiere. Even so, her performance is still discussion fodder for people like Jimmy Fallon, who spent the lion’s share of his Paré interview last night on that very subject.

The bad news: The actress didn’t cap off her first-ever late night appearance with an encore of “Zou Bisou Bisou.” The good news: Paré revealed that her own mother has done impromptu “Zou Bisou Bisou” reenactments at her boyfriend’s birthday and random dinner parties, which gives us an excuse to imagine Julia Ormond wearing a mini-dress and shimmying her shoulders at Jon Hamm… all as Kiernan Shipka watches, horrified. You listening, Matt Weiner?

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Ted McGinley, patron saint of shark-jumping, visits 'Mad Men': We investigate his 'show-killing' career -- VIDEO

Mad Men‘s casting department really has a knack for finding buzzworthy, nostalgia-baiting guest stars. Refugees from Gen Y touchstones like The Secret World of Alex Mack, Saved by the Bell, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer have been showing up on the series for years. Last season, Pete Campbell — himself played by a veteran of The WB — romanced Rory Gilmore both on and off-camera. This season, Don Draper’s doing the same with Freaks and Geeks‘s Lindsay Weir.

And last night, the show dipped even further into the nostalgia well by bringing in a TV ringer with one of the biz’s worst reputations: Ted McGinley, a man known as the “patron saint of shark jumping.” McGinley played the head writer of To Have and to Hold, the soap opera currently employing Megan Draper. When the actor’s face first appeared onscreen, the Twitterverse let out a collective squeal; when he invited Don and Megan to come home with him and his wife, “smoke some grass… and see what happens,” they gasped in shock. Could McGinley’s appearance — and the specter of the 1970s, which has already ruined Harry Crane’s hair — possibly signal the beginning of the end for Mad Men?

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If 'Mad Men' characters had Facebook...

The nuanced plots and subtle themes of Mad Men just wouldn’t be the same if the men and women of Mad Men had the same social-media habits that its viewers are privy to.

With a hilarious use of status updates, shared photos and “likes,” these HappyPlace.com recaps take the quiet momentum of the latest episodes of Mad Men and slap them down in a painfully obvious newsfeed.

Pete Campbell I can’t believe recklessly having sex with my neighbor is backfiring on me!

Megan Draper So then I married my boss, performed a sexy song in French, and finally, a few days ago, I had a miscarriage. READ FULL STORY

PopWatch Planner: 'The Vampire Diaries' go to the prom, 'Oblivion,' 'Mad Men' and more

From prom in Mystic Falls, to Tom Cruise’s new Sci-fi adventure, we’ve got your pop culture planner for the week. Check it out below! READ FULL STORY

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'Mad Men': What major world events could appear in season 6?

The new season of Mad Men kicks off this Sunday (read our review of the premiere here). As usual, the plot of the new season remains shrouded in mystery; the only photos that have surfaced so far show Don and Megan Draper lounging on a beach in Hawaii, which could mean that Mad Men is transforming into Mad Men: Hawaii, and the new season will be all about the Drapers’ wacky attempt to run a hotel in Maui. More likely, though, Mad Men‘s sixth season will once again track the employees of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce as they live through the ever-evolving culture of the 1960s.

Producer Matthew Weiner has, as per usual, kept the timeline of the new season a mystery. However, we know that the the fifth season finale ended in mid-1967. We also know that the show typically takes a leap forward in time between seasons — anywhere from six months (between seasons 2 and 3) to a year (between seasons 1/2 and seasons 3/4). Following the transitive property of serialized dramas, it seems likely the new season will deal to some degree with the events of 1968, historically viewed as  a breakneck and traumatizing year for America. Let’s take a look at some of the key events from that time and how might might play into the new season, should our chronological calculations prove correct. READ FULL STORY

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