To Do, Tonight: 'Mad Men'

Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner landed a to-kill-for gig on The Sopranos writing staff five years ago after a draft of his script landed on David Chase’s desk. “He said even if I fire you, you should keep trying to sell that script,” recounts Weiner. Set in the 60’s advertising industry on Madison Ave., though the focus is on the lust and indulgence, power plays and social “isms” in the backroom – early word has critics tripping over themselves to heap praise on the series. Seven years in the making, Mad Men finally lands on television tonight (Thursday 10/9 Central), thanks to AMC, who take it on as their first original drama.“Given our post-millennial fondness for political correctness, ‘Mad Men’ would seem more like History Channel fodder, but that’s where the powers of seduction come in — great writing and acting create a heady mix of glamour, irreverence and responsibility, a word rarely associated with a sexy drama.” – L.A. Times

“There were seven deadly sins practiced at the dawn of the 1960s: smoking, drinking, adultery, sexism, homophobia, anti-Semitism and racism. In its first few minutes ‘Mad Men’ on AMC taps into all of them…both a drama and a comedy and all the better for it, a series that breaks new ground by luxuriating in the not-so-distant past.” – NY Times

More Mad Men clips here.

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