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April 5, 2013 | By David Hiltbrand, INQUIRER TV WRITER
This is what passes for a crisis in the lives of TV critics: Each year about this time (well, except for the terrible Mad Men drought of 2011 - about which the less said the better), they're sent a disc with the first few hours of the new Mad Men season. The problem is that it invariably arrives with a note from the show's haughty creator, Matt Weiner, spelling out the details and plot points he strongly requests not be revealed. There follows an inventory of taboo subjects longer than the packing list for your kids' summer camp.
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April 11, 2014 | By Ellen Gray
* MAD MEN. 10 p.m. Sunday, AMC. "MAD MEN" returns on Sunday for its seventh and final season, but thanks to AMC, which has trouble letting go (see "Bad, Breaking"), we won't have to start obsessing about the finale until 2015. Which is a relief, because there's something about "Mad Men" that drives some of the people who love it most a little crazy. Week after week, season after season, they sit down to watch one show, clearly expecting another. Finale fever's only going to make that worse.
NEWS
April 3, 2015 | By Ellen Gray
*  MAD MEN. 10 p.m. Sunday, AMC. "IS THAT ALL there is?" sings Peggy Lee as AMC's "Mad Men" returns for its final seven-episode run on Sunday. Maybe it's a little too on the nose, but the question hangs over "Severance," an episode that finds more than one character facing the limits of his or her choices. For those who've chosen to stick with ad man Don Draper (Jon Hamm) for seven seasons, this last one spread over two years, it's too late to be asking now. Even I want to know what's going to happen to these people and I'm still in the crotchety minority that believes there's always been a little less to "Mad Men" than meets the eye. Though what meets the eye is frequently fabulous.
NEWS
August 8, 2010 | By Michael D. Schaffer and John Timpane, Inquirer Staff Writers
Philadelphia: birthplace of freedom. And advertising. The first ad agency in the country, N.W. Ayer & Son, opened here in 1869. "When it rains, it pours" (1912) for Morton Salt; "I'd walk a mile for a Camel" (1921) for R.J. Reynolds - those were N.W. Ayer & Son. In the late 1950s and early '60s, Philadelphia hosted its own world of account executives who courted the country's biggest companies. But was the Philly ad-agency life like the one depicted in AMC's much-praised Mad Men ?
NEWS
June 14, 2013 | By Ellen Gray
* MAGIC CITY. 9 tonight, Starz. * MAD MEN. 10 p.m. Sunday, AMC. SOME OF THE PEOPLE watching "Mad Men" are being driven a little mad themselves. Starved of sensation by a show that's so far failed to deliver a Red Wedding, a la "Game of Thrones," or even a measly serial killer, they've begun spinning theories on the Web about Charles Manson, the murdered actress Sharon Tate and a certain T-shirt worn by Megan Draper (Jessica Paré) - theories that, if true, would turn the show into something I doubt it was ever intended to be. I blow hot and cold on "Mad Men," but even I appreciate that it's not that screwed up. I think.
NEWS
April 3, 2015 | BY ELLEN GRAY, Daily News Television Critic graye@phillynews.com, 215-854-5950
IT'S TEMPTING to suggest Jon Hamm may already have done what he most needed to do to move on from Don Draper, a character whose passage through the '60s may not have been conducive to living into his 60s. But I've never confused Hamm with Draper and when the "Mad Men" star met with reporters in January to talk about the AMC drama's final seven episodes, we didn't know he'd be checking into a rehab facility the following month for treatment of...
ENTERTAINMENT
March 30, 2011 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
There's discontent, disharmony, vexation - yes, madness - on the Mad Men ship. Matt Weiner , beloved creator and exec producer of the sexy, revisionist '60s soap opera, has yet to renew his contract with Mad Men 's home channel, AMC, says Variety. Fans quake in horror! But, there's good news, of a sort: AMC has green-lighted the fifth season of the superb drama - to run in 2012. Seems they're determined to crank it out with or without Weiner. The cabler hasn't necessarily abandoned Weiner, saying that "key non-cast negotiations" continue as we speak.
NEWS
July 27, 2010 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
New episodes of Mad Men are enlivening Sunday nights, offering fans (like me) a glimpse of a way of doing business that's as retro as black-and-white TV. Or maybe not. Consider the Delaware River Port Authority, which operates four bridges, a commuter railroad and an executive suite where the culture is old-school enough to fit the hit AMC show. The high-rise salaries, posh perks and toll-free lifestyle long enjoyed by senior DRPA staff certainly have a definite old-fashioned flavor.
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May 21, 2015
THE NEW issue of Men's Health magazine contains a test that promises to rate readers based on 45 "guy skills. " "What's your Man score?" a headline wonders. It's a trick question, fellas. If you're taking a test in Men's Health magazine to determine your "Man score," your score is zero. This was on my mind as I considered the recent controversy surrounding "Mad Max: Fury Road," which has infuriated a subset of men in the "androsphere" (you encounter it on websites like returnofkings.com)
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April 6, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Don Draper isn't a happy man. Sure, he's had a couple of moments of almost unutterable ecstasy and even a taste of actual contentment during the course of his seven-season tenure as Mad Men 's Existential Hero. But as we head into the final seven-episode stretch of AMC's award-winning drama, it has become painfully evident Don will never be happy in his personal or professional life. His second marriage, to the divine French Canadian actrice Megan Calvet (played by the divine Montreal native Jessica Paré)
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April 3, 2015 | BY ELLEN GRAY, Daily News Television Critic graye@phillynews.com, 215-854-5950
IT'S TEMPTING to suggest Jon Hamm may already have done what he most needed to do to move on from Don Draper, a character whose passage through the '60s may not have been conducive to living into his 60s. But I've never confused Hamm with Draper and when the "Mad Men" star met with reporters in January to talk about the AMC drama's final seven episodes, we didn't know he'd be checking into a rehab facility the following month for treatment of...
NEWS
April 3, 2015 | By Ellen Gray
*  MAD MEN. 10 p.m. Sunday, AMC. "IS THAT ALL there is?" sings Peggy Lee as AMC's "Mad Men" returns for its final seven-episode run on Sunday. Maybe it's a little too on the nose, but the question hangs over "Severance," an episode that finds more than one character facing the limits of his or her choices. For those who've chosen to stick with ad man Don Draper (Jon Hamm) for seven seasons, this last one spread over two years, it's too late to be asking now. Even I want to know what's going to happen to these people and I'm still in the crotchety minority that believes there's always been a little less to "Mad Men" than meets the eye. Though what meets the eye is frequently fabulous.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 25, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jon Hamm: What now? Will the public still love Jon Hamm once Mad Men , which kicks off its final episodes April 5, is finally over? Will we still respect him? These questions are keeping the actor up at night. "The one constant thing I've had in my career is now removed," Hamm, 44, who has played Don Draper for seven seasons, tells GQ. "And that's an eye-opener. " Will Hamm cease to exist in a post-Don Draper world? "Are people still going to take me seriously?"
NEWS
March 23, 2015 | BY ELLEN GRAY, Daily News Television Critic graye@phillynews.com, 215-854-5950
DON DRAPER and Raylan Givens are on their way out, and "The Bible" continues. Men in kilts are back on Starz and the wars of Westeros on HBO. And that's just April. May brings Chester County's M. Night Shyamalan to TV at last: Will you follow him west? GOING CLEAR: SCIENTOLOGY AND THE PRISON OF BELIEF. 8 p.m. March 29, HBO. Here's a movie Tom Cruise hopes you won't see. Eight former Scientologists, including "Crash" director Paul Haggis, recount chilling experiences in a documentary from Oscar-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney, based on the book by Lawrence Wright.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 9, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Celebs dare to love He's really going to pull the trigger! Bachelor extraordinaire George Clooney , who has gone through more fiancées than some men have socks, has obtained a marriage license in London with his British lawyer gal-pal Amal Alamuddin . A notice of their intent to marry has been posted outside Chelsea Old Town Hall in accordance with British law. Vincent Kartheiser , 34, who plays the sometimes insufferable Pete...
NEWS
April 25, 2014
AFTER Tuesday's Supreme Court decision on affirmative action, we have a better idea why "Mad Men" is such a popular TV show. The series, set in the '60s, doesn't strike a note of nostalgia for the fashions, the glamour or the incessant smoking, but for the period in the country when actual progress was being made. Consider some of the milestones of the '60s: the court's Brown v. Board of Education decision, which prohibited segregated schools; the Civil Rights Act that outlawed discrimination; the enforcement of affirmative action for the first time; the Voting Rights Act; and the war on poverty, to name just a few. It was a time of high ideals and strong leaders who pushed the country to reach for racial, social, civic and financial equality.
NEWS
April 11, 2014 | By Ellen Gray
* MAD MEN. 10 p.m. Sunday, AMC. "MAD MEN" returns on Sunday for its seventh and final season, but thanks to AMC, which has trouble letting go (see "Bad, Breaking"), we won't have to start obsessing about the finale until 2015. Which is a relief, because there's something about "Mad Men" that drives some of the people who love it most a little crazy. Week after week, season after season, they sit down to watch one show, clearly expecting another. Finale fever's only going to make that worse.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 19, 2013 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
How big is Jimmy Kimmel 's late-night show? So big that on Monday, Paul McCartney , 71, will hold an outdoor concert for a segment on the show. So big that a day later, Justin Timberlake will pull the same stunt. A gazillion-mile stretch of Hollywood Boulevard leading to Kimmel's studio will be cordoned off to make room for the millions who'll come.   Oh Liam! Oh! Oh, you cad! A day after news broke that Liam Hemsworth and the recently hypersexualized Miley Cyrus have broken up comes a report that Liam was seen over the weekend acting generally happy in the company of Mexican singer Eiza González at a Las Vegas nightclub, E!
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