It’s All About Secrets During This Sunday’s Round of Mad Men Encores

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The glamor and sheen of Mad Men has always obscured secrets hiding under the surface. When this weekend’s encores resume Sunday morning, some of the show’s juiciest ones will be revealed: Pete discovers Don’s true identity and threatens blackmail (Season 1, Episode 12 “Nixon vs. Kennedy”); Betty realizes Don has been calling her psychiatrist to keep tabs on her (Season 1, Episode 13 “The Wheel”); at the stables, Arthur, an inexperienced, but handsome rider flirts with Betty (Season 2, Episode 1 “For Those Who Think Young”); and after an American Airlines jet crashes and is need of an agency, Roger orders Don to find “a quiet place” to drop Mohawk Airlines (Season 2, Episode 2 “Flight 1″). Oh, what a wonderfully wicked web Mad Men weaves.

Think you can you keep track of it all? Test your knowledge of the episodes with the Episode 112, Episode 113, Episode 201 and Episode 202 Ultimate Fan Games. Then, see how well you’ve been keeping track of the events of the first season with the Season 1 Ultimate Fan Game. Can’t connect all the dots? Check out the Mad Men Episode Guide for full recaps, season overviews, cast interviews, trivia quizzes, photos and more.

Mad Men encores air Sundays at 6AM/5c.

Mad Men Honored With WGA Nods, Named to AFI Top TV List

Joan Harris (Christina Hendricks), Jim Cutler (Harry Hamlin), and Bert Cooper (Robert Morse) on Mad MenThis week, Mad Men receives two Writers Guild of America nominations and is named to the American Film Institute’s top TV list for the seventh year in a row. Plus, the show is included on several other year-end best lists. Read on for more:

• The Writers Guild of America nominates Mad Men in the drama series category and Season 7′s “A Day’s Work” in the episodic drama category, according to the Los Angeles Times.

USA Today reports that Mad Men is one of the American Film Institute’s top 10 TV shows of 2014, making Mad Men the first show to appear on the list for each of its seasons.

Mad Men — which “remains insightful, confident, and more often surprising than not” — is one of Vulture‘s top 10 shows of the year.
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Mad Men Nabs Two Writers Guild of America Nominations

MM-702-Don-Hamm-Sally-Shiipka-325The Writers Guild of America has announced the TV nominees for the 2015 Writer’s Guild Awards and Mad Men was honored with a nomination in the Drama Series category as well as the Episodic Drama category.

Mad Men writers Heather Jeng Bladt, Semi Chellas, Jonathan Igla, David Iserson, Erin Levy, Matthew Weiner and Carly Wray will face stiff competition for the Drama Series award: The writers of HBO’s Game of Thrones, CBS’s The Good Wife, Netflix’s House of Cards and HBO’s True Detective are also in the running.

In the individual Episodic Drama category, Mad Men‘s Season 7, Episode 2 “A Day’s Work”, written by Jonathan Igla and Matthew Weiner got the nod. The other nominees in this category include episodes from The Good Wife, Game of Thrones, SundanceTV’s Rectify and HBO’s Boardwalk Empire.

The winners will be announced during a ceremony on Saturday, February 14 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles.

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Revisit Some of the Best Lines, Quips and Words of Wisdom From Season 1 This Sunday

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Mad Men encores resume this Sunday, December 7 at 6AM/5c and this weekend’s episodes feature some of the best quips and one-liners from the first season. After Joan lends Peggy an outfit, Ken chimes in with his opinion: “They call a girl like her a lobster – all the meat’s in the tail” (Season 1, Episode 9 “Shoot”); during a casting call with twin models, Roger shares his unforgettable words of wisdom and hope: “When God closes a door, he opens a dress” (Season 1, Episode 10 “Long Weekend”); and Peggy awkwardly discovers what the Electrosizer is really for: “It vibrates…it’s probably unrelated to weight loss” (Season 1, Episode 11 “Indian Summer”). Want more quotes from these episodes as well as the full season? Try your hand at the new Season 1 Quotes Ultimate Fan Game. Then, delve deeper to test your knowledge of each episode with the Episode 109, Episode 110 and Episode 111 Ultimate Fan Games. Want to brush up on this week’s encore episodes right now? Check out the Episode Guide where you’ll find full recaps, season overviews, cast interviews, trivia quizzes, photos and more.

Mad Men encores air Sundays at 6AM/5c.

Matthew Weiner Nominated for Outstanding Producer Award; January Jones Books TV Role

ep-5-betty-325.jpgThis week, Matthew Weiner is nominated for an outstanding producer award, while January Jones books a new TV role. Plus, The Washington Post is thankful for Teyonah Parris. Read on for more:

• Matthew Weiner is nominated for outstanding producer by the Caucus for Producers, Writers & Directors, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

TVLine reports that January Jones has joined the cast of FOX’s The Last Man on Earth, a comedy featuring Will Forte.

The Washington Post is thankful for Teyonah Parris, whose Mad Men performance “frequently makes what could be a token role about a token black secretary something more complicated.”
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Matthew Weiner Wins International Emmy; Jon Hamm Will Return to Parks and Recreation

mm513-don-325.jpgThis week, Matthew Weiner wins an International Emmy Award, while Jon Hamm is returning to NBC’s Parks and Recreation. Plus, Bustle tells viewers how to bide the time before the final episodes. Read on for more:

• Matthew Weiner, presented with an International Emmy Award by Christina Hendricks and John Slattery, describes his Mad Men cast members as “human vehicles who are so beautiful and so deep and never stop feeling,” The Hollywood Reporter says. The Associated Press calls Weiner’s award the highlight of the ceremony.

Entertainment Weekly reports that Jon Hamm will return to NBC’s Parks and Recreation during a season seven episode.

Bustle recommends six ways for viewers to distract themselves before Season 7′s second half airs, including re-watching the series, which is “the perfect way to relive the magic of the show all over again.”
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Remember “Basket of Kisses”? Revisit Peggy’s First Big Idea During This Sunday’s Encores

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Binge on something other than Thanksgiving leftovers this weekend when Mad Men encores resume this Sunday at 6AM/5c. This weekend’s trio of episodes feature some of Mad Men‘s classic scenes: Peggy gets her start as a creative when she delivers her “basket of kisses” idea (Season 1, Episode 6 “Babylon”); Don gets payback on Roger for flirting with Betty  (Season 1, Episode 7 “Red in the Face”); and the team presents “Mark Your Man” to Belle Jolie, complete with Don’s passionate defense, “You are giving every girl who wears your lipstick the gift of total ownership” (Season 1, Episode 8 “The Hobo Code”). Just diving into the encores this week and need a refresher? Check out the Mad Men Episode Guide for full recaps, season overviews, cast interviews, trivia quizzes, photos and more.

Mad Men encores air Sundays at 6AM/5c.

The Full Series Encore Continues This Sunday Morning With More Season 1 Episodes

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During this weekend’s trio of encores, Mad Men fans should expect the unexpected. This week’s episodes, resuming Sunday at 6AM/5c, contain some of the series’ most surprising moments: Don audaciously kisses a client, Rachel Menken (Season 1, Episode 3 “Marriage of Figaro”), Betty clips a piece of her pristine blonde locks (Season 1, Episode 4 “New Amsterdam”), and the first moment we get a hint at Don’s real identity — when Adam Whitman drops by Sterling Cooper unannounced (Season 1, Episode 5 “5G”). Think you can you keep the events of each episode in order? Test your knowledge of the episodes with the Episode 103Episode 104 and Episode 105 Ultimate Fan Games. Want a more comprehensive refresher? Check out the Mad Men Episode Guide for full recaps, season overviews, cast interviews, trivia quizzes, photos and more.

Mad Men encores air Sundays at 6AM/5c.

Jon Hamm in Christmas Special Black Mirror; Matthew Weiner To Get International Emmy

mm601-602-don-325This week, it was announced that Jon Hamm will appear in Black Mirror: White Christmas on Christmas Day, while Matthew Weiner will receive an International Emmy Award. Plus, Jessica Paré discusses how she felt when Mad Men wrapped for good. Read on for more:

Entertainment Weekly reports that The Audience Network will air the U.K.’s Black Mirror: White Christmas, which stars Jon Hamm, in the U.S. on Christmas Day.

Digital Spy reports that Matthew Weiner will be presented with an International Emmy Award next week by Christina Hendricks and John Slattery.’

• Speaking with The Canadian Press, Jessica Paré says ending Mad Men was “very teary. We’re fortunate that we get to tell the end of our story.”
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Relive Mad Men From the Beginning With the Full Series Encore Starting This Sunday

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“What you call love was invented by guys like me… to sell nylons.”

It’s been seven years since Don Draper uttered that now-famous line and fans first fell for Mad Men‘s world of ’60s advertising. Now you can relive every ad pitch, steamy tryst, historical moment and classic quip when AMC begins airing the entire series, starting this Sunday, Nov. 16 at 6AM/5c and every week leading up to the premiere in April.

The full series encores kick off with Peggy Olson‘s first day at Sterling Cooper in Season 1, Episode 1, “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes,” followed by a deep dive into Don’s domestic life in Season 1, Episode 2, “Ladies Room.” Afterwards, test your knowledge of the episodes with the Episode 101 and Episode 102 Ultimate Fan Games. Want a more comprehensive refresher? Check out the Mad Men Episode Guide for full recaps, season overviews, cast interviews, trivia quizzes, photos and more.

Mad Men encores begin this Sunday, November 16 at 6AM/5c.