Mad Men Tops THR Power Rankings; Jon Hamm Describes “Dream Job” to Reuters

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This week, Mad Men sits atop The Hollywood Reporter‘s Power Rankings and Jon Hamm speaks with Reuters and People. Plus, series creator Matthew Weiner answers TV Guide‘s burning questions about the Season 5 premiere. Read on for more Mad Men news.

• The new season of Mad Men debuts in the top spot of The Hollywood Reporter‘s Power Rankings.

Jon Hamm tells Reuters that playing Don Draper is “a dream job for an actor.”

• Hamm tells People [no link] that he doesn’t like spoiling the show for the viewers: “Had somebody told me the end of last season’s Breaking Bad, I would’ve been like, ‘You jerk, why would you do that?” 

• In an interview with TV Guide, Matthew Weiner answers some “burning questions” about the Season 5 premiere. In the same vein, MTV asks 10 lingering questions that arose from the episode.

Entertainment Weekly chats with Jessica Paré about being the new Mrs. Draper. USA Today says Paré “had fans buzzing” after her racy scenes in the premiere, and The Hollywood Reporter notes that Paré has been “catapulted to fame.”

TV Guide asks members of the Mad Men cast what they’d give Don and Megan for a wedding present.

The New York Times looks in-depth at the opening water bomb scene in the Season 5 premiere vis-a-vis the original 1966 page one article on the topic.

Janie Bryant dishes to The Hollywood Reporter about the outfits she selected for Megan, including the vintage black dress she wore to sing “Zou Bisou Bisou.”

Entertainment Weekly reports that Jessica Paré’s “ultra-sexy interpretation” of “Zou Bisou Bisou” is available on iTunes and as a limited-edition 7-inch vinyl single. TV Guide asks the cast what song they might sing instead of “Zou Bisou Bisou.” New York Magazine, The Washington Post and The Daily Beast provide a history of the song. The Wall Street Journal says the tune was among the top Twitter trends after the show aired.

January Jones tells People how going back to work on Mad Men was therapeutic as a new mother.

Vincent Kartheiser sits down with Rolling Stone in a video interview and talks about Pete’s evolution: “He found his place in the world.”

Deadline reports that Matthew Weiner is set to direct his first feature, You Are Here, with a cast that includes Owen Wilson, Zach Galifianakis and Amy Poehler.

Jon Hamm spends 7 Minutes with Mike O’Brien and does a photo shoot with C Magazine (via Global Grind). Of the seven minutes, The Hollywood Reporter praises Hamm’s “deft comedic touch.”

InStyle features a photo gallery of fashions from the Mad Men Season 5 premiere, along with commentary from Janie Bryant.

Newsday wonders about the meaning of 10 moments from the Mad Men Season 5 premiere.

NPR talks to Matthew Weiner about the new season and the drama’s trajectory. Weiner also promises E! Online that Sally Draper‘s story remains a big part of the show.

Matthew Weiner and John Slattery discuss the Season 5 premiere with HitFix.

TV.com talks to Matthew Weiner about the music on the show, including “Zou Bisou Bisou.”

The Hollywood Reporter‘s Tim Goodman cites Mad Men‘s Christina Hendricks as an example of redheads who are currently getting lots of TV screen time.

• The Season 5 premiere notched Mad Men‘s highest ratings yet. Multichannel News comments, “Apparently, absence did make the Nielsens grow fonder of Don Draper.” Deadline, The Hollywood Reporter, The New York Times and TVLine also covered the ratings.

Adweek says Mad Men on Sunday night was the subject of 106,000 social media comments, “generating more than twice the buzz of any other drama this year.”

HitFix imagines Mad Men‘s cast as the characters on Gilligan’s Island.

Zap2it highlights Charlie Hofheimer, who was on TV twice on Sunday night — as Peggy’s boyfriend Abe in the Season Premiere and on an episode of CBS’ The Good Wife.

• For recaps and reviews of Season 5, Episode 1, “A Little Kiss,” check out Assignment X, Digital Spy, Entertainment Weekly (recap and review), HitFix, The Hollywood Reporter, The Huffington Post, Indiewire, People, Rolling Stone, The Star-Ledger, Time, TVOvermind, Us Weekly and The Wall Street Journal.

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