How did so many former Emmy hosts wind up on the same stage? Who was that strange guy side-stepping off screen behind host Neil Patrick Harris? What was cut from the show as it went into overtime? TV Guide Magazine sat down with 65th Emmy Awards executive producer Ken Ehrlich backstage at the Nokia Theatre immediately after the show to get some background on this year's televised ceremony.
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Question: I think the last time I wrote to you was trying to decide whether to watch Lone Star or The Event in a time-slot match-up. You rightly pointed me in the direction of Lone Star in terms of quality, with clearly a star in the making in James Wolk, but sadly, it was a victim of the wrong network (Fox) for a show that probably was meant for cable, so it died an early death. Not that it matters in the long run, considering The Event also wilted. Now we have another Monday night time-slot match-up...
The final season of Mad Men will air in two 7-episode parts, AMC announced on Tuesday.
"This approach has worked well for many programs across multiple networks, and, most recently for us with Breaking Bad which attracted nearly double the number of viewers to its second half premiere than had watched any previous episode," AMC President Charlie Collier said in a statement. "We are determined to bring Mad Men a similar showcase. In an era where high-end content is savored and analyzed, and catch-up time is used well to drive back to live events, we believe this is the best way to release the now 14 episodes than remain of this iconic series."
The '60s are about to end all over again, and with them the saga of Don Draper. Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner has taken the first steps into crafting the seventh and final season of the acclaimed AMC series. Attending the 2013 Creative Arts Emmys as a presenter Sunday, Weiner revealed to TV Guide Magazine that he's already landed on the precise endpoint, which will mark the climax for both the turbulent 1960s and for the ad team at Sterling Cooper & Partners.
TV Guide Magazine: Where are you in the development of the final season of Mad Men?
Matthew Weiner: I am a month into it, and all I can tell you is that it will be a completely new story and it will wrap up the end of the show. I have my very ending, and I have the pathway on the way into it. All I can say is that it's related to the era that we're in, and that it will be the next chapter in Don's life. I know it sounds vague, but it really is. I always liked the fact that the show has, on some level, uniqueness that the consequences of people's actions are taken seriously. We never pretend like stuff doesn't happen, and that's really where we're starting. Like, can you do something that is irreparable?
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
[WARNING: The following story contains spoilers from the Season 6 finale of Mad Men. Read at your own risk.]
As the 1968 holiday season approaches, there's as much turmoil in the lives of the characters on AMC's Mad Men as there is in the real world around them....
Vincent Kartheiser, Mad Men
One question has been asked more than any other on this season of Mad Men: Who is Bob Benson?
As soon as the talkative, eager-to-please Bob (James Wolk) turned up with two cups of coffee in his hands in the Season 6 premiere, fans began speculating about his importance. Was he a government agent infiltrating the firm? Was he the long-lost son of Don Draper (Jon Hamm) from his days in the whorehouse? Or was he the time-traveling spawn of Pete (Vincent Kartheiser) and Peggy (Elisabeth Moss) who had come back to 1968 to work alongside his parents?
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As silly as some of the theories became, Pete Campbell was, in fact, a bit of a lynchpin...
Ever wondered what happened to Mad Men's Don Draper after the swinging '60s ended? John McNamee, a comic and writer, has created the Twitter account @80sDonDraper to give voice to the character's Reagan-era musings. We asked McNamee for some insights into Don's future.
Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner is well aware of fan speculation that Don Draper's wife, Megan (Jessica Paré), will be murdered on the June 23 season finale of the AMC drama. Tongues started wagging after the May 26 episode, in which Megan wore a T-shirt with a red star — the same as that worn by actress Sharon Tate in a 1967 Esquire article, two years before she was stabbed to death in L.A. by members of the Manson Family.
Jane Lynch, Michael Emerson, Chandra Wilson
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Don Draper (Jon Hamm) is up to his old tricks, Peggy Olson (Elisabeth Moss) is channeling her ex-boss at her new job, Roger Sterling (John Slattery) is a bit more introspective and a tumultuous new year is about to unfold. As Mad Men's sixth season (which premiered Sunday on AMC) opens, a lot has changed for the folks in and around Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce — and a lot hasn't. TV Guide Magazine caught up with series creator Matthew Weiner to dissect a few things from the season opener.