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ArtsBeat: Talking ‘Mad Men’: Season 6 Premiere

Sunday’s episode raises questions about Peggy’s new role, whether Megan is a victim or the control in an experiment, and why Don is back to his old adulterous ways.


Anxiety awaits in sixth season of 'Mad Men'

In the first episode of the first season of "Mad Men," Don Draper's next-in-line affair, Rachel Menken, hears his brutal philosophy: Love is nothing more than an ad man's myth, and everyone is born alone and dies alone....


'Mad Men,' 'American Horror Story' lead Emmy nods

Mad Men: Elisabeth Moss

"Mad Men," a piercingly bleak portrait of a 1960s American anti-hero, earned a leading 17 Emmy nominations Thursday and the chance to set a new record as the most-honored drama in television history. "Mad Men," which has won four best drama series trophies and is tied with "Hill Street Blues," ''L.A. Law" and "The West Wing," received a fifth bid in the category.


Use of Beatles song cost 'Mad Men' $250,000

Creator Matthew Weiner paid a hefty licensing fee to use the "Tomorrow Never Knows" in last Sunday's episode of the hit show.


The TV Column: ‘Mad Men’ season five premiere draws 3.5 million viewers

Mad Men Season 5

After 18 months of waiting, an average of 3.5 million people tuned in Sunday to watch “Mad Men’s” fifth-season debut. That’s a series best for the show — and about 600,000 more people than watched the fourth-season debut in July 2010. “Mad Men” had been off the air since October 2010, following the fourth-season finale, as the studio, the network and the creator wrangled over this and that — product placement within the show, adding another ad break, creator’s salary, blah, blah, blah.


The ‘Mad Men’ season premiere: We need to talk about Joan

This post-episode mini-analysis of “Mad Men” could have focused on the already dysfunctional marriage between Don and Megan Draper, a relationship that — as Sunday’s season five premiere, “A Little Kiss,” demonstrated — apparently involves Don’s usual callousness, upward career mobility for Megan and your standard make-up sex prompted by half-naked house cleaning.


‘Mad Men’ returns, in living color

The advance copy of the new episode of “Mad Men” — the first in too many moons — arrived the other day. It was handsomely packaged, of course, and closely trailed by an e-mail plea from its meticulously controlling creator, Matthew Weiner, who asked critics not to tell you anything that happens when the show returns for a fifth season, two-hour premiere Sunday night on AMC.


12 Real Books Written by Fictional Characters

From "Mad Men" to "Parks and Recreation," several series are releasing books "written" by the stars. Pawnee: The Greatest Town in America —a comprehensive guide to life in a small Indiana town—is released in bookstores nationwide today. The cheery little book is credited to Leslie Knope, whose author biography describes her as "a mid-level bureaucrat" who loves sweets and wants to be the first female President of the United States. Knope is a thorough, comprehensive, and entertaining writer.


‘Modern Family’ Takes Home Five Emmys

‘Modern Family’ Takes Home Five Emmys

The Emmy Awards telecast on Sunday night ended the same way it did last year, with “Modern Family” and “Mad Men” being named the best comedy and drama, respectively, on television.


`Mad Men,' `Boardwalk Empire' face off at Emmys

`Mad Men,' `Boardwalk Empire' face off at Emmys

Emmy ruler "Mad Men" is facing a threat from the mobsters and crooked politicos of "Boardwalk Empire."


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