Ready to kick off the new year right? Start with the first episode of Mad Men’s third season. This Sun., Jan. 6 at 7AM/6c, the first episode of Season 3 (“Out of Town”) returns for an encore presentation on AMC. From then on, the Emmy-winning season will re-broadcast every Sunday at 6AM/5c with three memorable back-to-back episodes such as Episode 6, “Guy Walks Into an Advertising Agency” (in which a tragic accident occurs at Sterling Cooper) and Episode 11, “The Gypsy and the Hobo” (in which Betty discovers Don’s big secret).
This week, Mad Men continues to dominate in the yearly best-of
retrospective lists, while Entertainment Weekly can’t get enough
of Jessica Paré’s breakthrough performance as Megan. Read on for more Mad Men news:
• Mad Men is The Hollywood Reporter‘s No. 2 show of the year: “It’s hard to depict 1965 without falling into rote imagery and concerns, and this series deftly avoided those pitfalls.”
• People also puts Mad Men at No. 2 because it “hit a stretch of greatness in Season 5.” [No link]
• Entertainment Weekly rates Mad Men one of the year’s top five shows, describing Season 5 as “unbuttoning in the 1960s, with characters taking trips both geographical and chemical.”
• Entertainment Weekly also praises Jessica Paré for her Season 5
performance; she “infused Megan with passion and compassion, purity and
purpose.” [No link]
• Mad Men lands No. 2 on Salon‘s Blue Glow Awards because “it remains the best thing on television: smarter, deeper, sadder, weirder than any of its competitors.”
By now you’ve probably played the Which of Don’s Women Are You Game (more than once, in some cases), so you know who you’d be in a world full of potential Megans, Bettys and Bobbies. But who are the other women are out there vying for Don’s attention? AMCtv.com has pored over the results to present you, the Mad Men community, with your group personality profile:
1. Suzanne – 21.4%
2. Megan – 19.1%
3. Rachel – 16.9%
4. Faye – 12.9%
5. Bobbie – 6.0%
6. Betty – 5.6%
7. Shelly – 5.3%
8. Midge – 5.2%
9. Anna – 4.4%
10. Allison – 3.1%
With a close race for the most frequently delivered result, it seems like fans are split between idealism, youth, and business. Play the Which of Don’s Women Are You Game again and see who you’d be the second time around.
Mad Men encores air Sundays at 6AM/5c.
Need some suggestions on how to go in for a kiss come midnight on New Year’s Eve? Take a cue from the characters in Mad Men. Below is a list of some of the more memorable Season 5 smooches. Try one or try them all. Just make sure you do it Mad Men-style!
Don and Megan in Episode 1, “A Little Kiss”
Don finds Megan at home angrily cleaning while dressed only in lingerie. “I don’t want you,” she says to Don, who grabs her — prompting the two to share an intense kiss on the apartment floor.
Lane and Joan in Episode 5, “Signal 30″
Joan provides comforting words to Lane (and some ice for his hand) after he slugs Pete in the face during a fistfight. Lane leans in for an awkward kiss then apologizes profusely.
Don and Megan in Episode 7, “At the Codfish Ball”
With help from Megan, Don lands the Heinz campaign over dinner. Afterwards, the two celebrate with a serious make out session in the back seat of a taxi cab.
Pete and Beth in Episode 8, “Lady Lazarus”
Pete drives a despondent Beth home then follows her inside. As the two embrace near the fireplace, Pete claims Beth is just doing it to get back at her husband — which doesn’t stop either from continuing.
What’s almost as good as seeing Roger Sterling in a Santa suit? Reminiscing about all the Christmas memories through five seasons of the award-winning series. So sit back, grab a hot toddy, and take a look at this list of some memorable Mad Men Christmas moments.
Season 5: A Christmas-themed storyline haunts Mad Men‘s most recent season as Lane Pryce’s check forgery spirals out of control when the partners decide they won’t be taking holiday bonuses after all.
Season 4: Episode 2, “Christmas Comes but Once a Year,” is packed with seasonal events: Sally meets Glen while shopping for a Christmas tree; Don receives Sally’s letter to “Santa c/o Don Draper;” and, Lee Garner Jr. forces Roger to wear a Santa costume at the company party.
Season 3: Don and Betty announce their impending divorce to the kids, leaving Bobby concerned that Christmas will be cancelled. Betty assures, “You’ll get to have two Christmases.” Bobby is placated, yet Sally insists that she only wants one.
This week, media outlets are revealing their end of year best-of lists, and Mad Men is named one of 2012′s best by some of the biggest. Plus, New York Magazine features a Jon Hamm coloring book. Read on for more Mad Men news:
• Time names Mad Men to its list of the year’s top 10 TV series, observing that, “Stylistically, the series was working at its highest level, laying out one visually stunning set piece after another.”
• NPR puts Mad Men on its list because the drama “continued to patiently mine long character histories to create indelible sequences.”
• TV Guide‘s top 10 contains Mad Men at No. 4, as the drama “returned in top form.”
• HitFix ranks Mad Men at No. 1 on its list of the year’s top TV shows, concluding, “Mad Men was the best TV show I watched in 2012.” Additionally, HitFix‘s First Annual Television Critics’ Poll names Mad Men to its list of 2012′s top 10 shows.
• Mad Men makes it onto The Daily Beast‘s year-end best list: “This is powerful, entrancing television at its finest.”
• The Boston Globe calls Season 5, Episode 6, “Far Away Places” one of the year’s best episodes. Indiewire ranks Season 5, Episode 11, “The Other Woman” at the top of its list because “this is the episode in which Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce sold its soul.”
The American Society of Cinematographers announced today the nominees for its 27th Annual Outstanding Achievement Awards competition. Mad Men‘s Director of Photography, Christopher Manley, was nominated in the one-hour episodic television series category for his work on Season 5 Episode 13, “The Phantom.”
The ASC nomination is Manley’s second for Mad Men. Other nominated shows this year include Cinemax’s Hunted, HBO’s Game of Thrones, Fox’s Fringe, Cinemax’s Strike Back, and Fox’s Alcatraz.
The awards will be presented at a ceremony on Feb. 10 at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland.
Looking for a way to show off your love of Mad Men in front of friends and relatives this holiday season? Consider Gold Label Goods, an official online distributor of Mad Men merchandise. Among this year’s stocking stuffers are items like a Mad Men logo “Pop Art” flask, a Don Draper leather notepad case, a “Mark Your Man” compact mirror, a Mad Men “Philanderers” wall clock, and business-card holders that will make an impression at any networking event. Of the Mad Men options available on the site, the “Truth Lies” mug continues to top the charts as a fan favorite. As a bonus, Maddicts can use the discount code GOBONKERS25 through Sat., Dec. 29 for 25% off all Mad Men items.
Missing your favorite Mad Men stars during the off-season? While you wait for Season 6, you can see several of the show’s actors in movies playing at a theater near you. Below is a list of current movies, upcoming movies, and movies coming out on DVD.
Jared Harris, Lincoln
In theaters: Currently
Number-crunching Lane Pryce may have been more of a behind-the-scenes guy at SCDP, but in Steven Spielberg’s latest drama, Harris plays a man on the front lines: Ulysses S. Grant. He joins the Daniel Day-Lewis as President Lincoln on the Civil War battlefield.
John Slattery, In Our Nature
In theaters: Currently
Roger Sterling is a known ladies’ man, so it’s not surprising that the actor who plays him has another young and beautiful woman on his arm here. Slattery’s character, Gil, and his lady friend unintentionally share a vacation home with Gil’s son and his girlfriend in this rom-com.
Christina Hendricks, Struck by Lightning
In theaters: Jan. 11
Joan knows exactly how to knock a man off his feet, and April (played by Hendricks) does just that in this coming-of-age comedy. Hendricks plays the pregnant and soon-to-be step-mom of Carson Phillips, played by Glee star Chris Colfer.
This week, Jon Hamm snags a Best Actor Golden Globe nomination and hosts a “We Hate Hurricanes” benefit, while Mad Men is named one of 2012′s best TV shows by The Washington Post and The Huffington Post. Read on for more Mad Men news:
• The New York Times reports on Mad Men receipt of one of AMC’s three Golden Globe nominations as Jon Hamm is named a contender for Best Drama Actor. Deadline, the Los Angeles Times, and E! also cover the news.
• The Washington Post names Breaking Bad, Mad Men and The Walking Dead the top three TV shows of 2012. The Huffington Post also ranks Mad Men as one of the year’s 10 best TV shows. (Breaking Bad made the list too.)
• Entertainment Weekly provides details about Jon Hamm’s hosting of the “We Hate Hurricanes” benefit earlier this week.
• Mad Men (and Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead) received awards from the American Film Institute for outstanding achievement in television, according to the Los Angeles Times.