Don Draper Disembarks in First Teaser Trailer for MAD MEN’s Final Season; Plus New Poster [Updated]

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There’s about to be a pretty excruciating lull in Sunday television programming when True Detective concludes this weekend, but after the month-long wait is up, we’ll have new episodes of Game of Thrones, Veep, and Mad Men to pore over.  AMC is gearing up its campaign for the latter, which kicks off the first half of its final season on April 13th.  The first teaser trailer for season seven part one—or “The Beginning” as it’s titled—has landed online, and it’s unsurprisingly enigmatic.  We see Jon Hamm’s Don Draper getting off of a plane, and given where Draper ended up at the end of last season, there’s absolutely no telling where we’ll find the character when the show returns.  I’m still a bit irked that AMC is dividing the final season into two halves of seven episodes each, but I’m nevertheless looking forward to seeing how creator Matthew Weiner decides to close out the story of Don Draper.

Hit the jump to watch the teaser trailer.  Mad Men returns for the first half of season seven on AMC Sunday, April 13th followed by the second half in spring 2015. [Update: We've also added the psychedelic poster for the new season after the jump.]

AMC Sets Premiere Dates for MAD MEN’s Final Season, BETTER CALL SAUL, and TURN; Plus New Trailer and Images for TURN

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A couple of days ago we saw plenty of news bits with regards to HBO’s upcoming programming, and today AMC announced some return dates and news nuggets at the network’s Television Critics Association panel.  Here are the highlights.

  • The first half of Mad Men’s final season, subtitled “The Beginning”, will premiere on Sunday, April 13th at 10/9c.  The show’s concluding season has been split into two seven-episode halves, with the final batch—“The End of an Era”—set to debut Spring 2015.
  • The new Revolutionary War drama series Turn will bow on Sunday, April 6th with a 90-minute debut.
  • The fourth season of Hell on Wheels will debut this summer alongside the new drama series Halt and Catch Fire, which takes place in the early 1980s and revolves around the rise of the PC era.
  • The Breaking Bad spinoff series Better Call Saul will premiere sometime this November.  Bob Odenkirk stars with Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan onboard as executive producer.
  • The Chris Hardwick-hosted talk show Talking Dead has been granted a fifth season, to debut alongside the fifth season of The Walking Dead this October.

Hit the jump to check out a new trailer and some new images from Turn.

2014 PaleyFest Lineup Includes LOST 10th Anniversary Reunion, HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER Farewell, ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK, VEEP, and More

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The Paley Center has announced the initial lineup for the 31st Annual Paley Television Festival, which honors the best in television with enlightening and entertaining panels for various TV shows.  The headliner this year seems to be a 10th anniversary reunion panel for Lost, which is sure to be a fascinating watch.  Also part of the lineup is a farewell panel for How I Met Your Mother, a reunion for the cast of Veronica Mars, and panels for current series Orange Is the New Black, Mad Men, Parks and Recreation, Veep, Masters of Sex, Community, and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Hit the jump to check out the full lineup for PaleyFest 2014, which will be held in Los Angeles March 13-28th.  For ticketing information, click here.

Year in Review: Allison’s Top 10 Returning TV Series of 2013

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In addition to a bevy of new and fantastic shows debuting in 2013, there were also plenty of trusted favorites to keep up with as well.  While BBC America and Sundance provided most of the best new content of the year, stalwart HBO dominates the list of returning programming.  Unlike the list of new series, the returning shows category features a few comedies, an acknowledgement that often it takes comedy series a little longer to get off the ground.  Bottom line, a good show is a good show regardless of format or genre.  Hit the jump for, in no particular order, the list of Top 10 Returning Series of 2013.

AFI Announces Top 10 Films and TV Shows of 2013; List Includes GRAVITY, 12 YEARS A SLAVE, and WOLF OF WALL STREET

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This weekend we saw three more critics groups announce awards for the 2013 movie season, and now it’s the American Film Institute’s turn.  Today, AFI unveiled its Top 10 films and TV shows of the year, and the film list includes Oscar frontrunners Gravity and 12 Years a Slave as well as burgeoning contenders like American Hustle, The Wolf of Wall Street, and Her.  Over on the TV side of things, usual suspects like Mad Men and Breaking Bad made the cut, but so did Netflix’s original series House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black as well as Showtime’s Masters of Sex and ABC’s smash hit Scandal.  The sole comedy on the list of HBO’s excellent Veep.

Hit the jump to check out the full Top 10 lists for movies and television.

New to Blu-ray/DVD: THE HOBBIT Extended Edition, TWILIGHT FOREVER, BOY MEETS WORLD: The Complete Collection, and More

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This week’s new home video releases include a couple of long-awaited box sets, an even longer cut of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (read our review here), and a classic from filmmaker D.W. Griffith.  Briefly:

Allison Predicts the 2013 Emmy Awards Winners

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The 2013 Emmy Awards have arrived and will air this Sunday, during which most of us will be watching / going into emotional duress from Breaking Bad.  But for those watching the awards and keeping up with the winners, losers, snubs and surprises (and potentially putting money on it), after the jump are my predictions for this year.  The exact alchemy, casting of runes, meditation and throwing of darts that make up my patented formula cannot be revealed, but I will share the results — without taking any responsibility for what actually happens.  Hit the jump for who everyone thinks will win, who should win, and a few upset picks to keep things interesting

AMC Splitting Final Season of MAD MEN into Two Halves Airing in 2014 and 2015

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Many have long talked about the impending turning point for AMC with two of its three flagship series—Breaking Bad and Mad Men—coming to a close by 2014, but now the network is implementing a plan that will keep one of them on the air for an extra year.  The upcoming seventh and final season of Mad Men will be split into two halves of seven episodes each, airing in 2014 and 2015.  The network already made a similar move with Breaking Bad, as the fifth and final season of Vince Gilligan’s stellar series was split into two halves as well (airing in 2012 and 2013).  The first half of Mad Men’s season five will be dubbed “The Beginning” and will air in spring 2014, and the second half of the season will be titled “The End of an Era” and is slated to air in spring 2015.

Hit the jump for more, including showrunner/creator Matthew Weiner’s thoughts on the move.

The 2013 Emmy Nominations Anaylsis: Surprises, Snubs, and Snoozes

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The Emmy nominations have always produced a mixture of boredom and anger among TV fans, but save for a few surprises (like Netflix’s 14 nominations), the 2013 Emmy nominations are so lazy they are almost identical to 2012.  Yes, we are in the Second Golden Age of TV, yes there are tons of great shows that, without expanded categories, are not going to get nominated in the current system.  But what about taking a deeper look into the casts of the shows that are always nominated?  Might there be some diamonds in the rough behind the marquee names that might deserve recognition?  Hit the jump for a rundown of the major categories and a comment at the reality of the nominations, and then a list of snubs and a call for you to add your own to the list (because everyone will have a favorite who is forgotten). 

2013 Emmy Nominations Announced; HOUSE OF CARDS Makes History with 9 Nominations; AMERICAN HORROR STORY and GAME OF THRONES Lead

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The 65th Emmy Awards Nominations have been announced, and Netflix’s House of Cards has made history.  The original series marks the first TV show released exclusively online to land top honors, as the David Fincher-produced series nabbed 9 nominations including Best Drama Series, Best Actor (Kevin Spacey), Best Actress (Robin Wright), and Best Director for Fincher—actor Cory Stoll’s excellent work, though, was not recognized.  American Horror Story once again nabbed the most nominations with 17, though the only major nods were for Best Miniseries and Lead Actress in a Miniseries for Jessica Lange.  Game of Thrones followed with 16 nods overall.

House of Cards appears to have knocked Boardwalk Empire out of the Best Drama Series category, as the latter failed to secure a nod.  FX’s The Americans was surprisingly absent as well, and other surprises include New Girl being completely shut out, Mad Men failing to land any writing or directing nominations, Vera Farmiga getting a Best Actress nomination for Bates Motel, and Elizabeth Moss being double nominated for Mad Men and Top of the Lake.  Hit the jump for the list of major nominations.

MAD MEN Finale Breaks Ratings Record; Ties Season 5 Finale with 2.7 Million Viewers

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Mad Men wrapped up its sixth season last night with a stellar finale (read Allison’s recap here) that sets the AMC drama up for some fascinating developments in the show’s seventh and final season next year, and the superb hour also hit a ratings record for the series.  Bringing in 2.7 million viewers and a 2.1 HH rating, “In Care Of” marked the show’s highest rated finale in history and was on par with season five’s record-setting 2.7 million viewers.  Though the total viewership was down sharply from the season six premiere’s 3.4 million viewers, the series still averaged 2.5 million viewers for its penultimate season.

MAD MEN Season 6 Finale Recap: “In Care Of”

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For all of the frustration caused by this season of Mad Men (regarding the case of Don Draper in particular), could the show have done any more to hit this episode out of the ballpark?  Out of the ballpark, out of the parking lot, out of the city even.  The long road Don has been on since Season One took a sudden and fascinating turn in “In Care Of.”  Mad Men has often ended season with game changers — new firms, new relationships, or other big changes.  This year though, it has ended with a sudden cleaning of the slate.  The lives of Don Draper and Dick Whitman, kept so far apart in the past, are converging.  It’s a wonder to behold.  Hit the jump for more on why “Los Angeles is not like what you see in the movies. It’s like Detroit with palm trees.”

MAD MEN Recap: “The Quality of Mercy”

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This season of Mad Men has, week to week, been a question of “what will this episode bring?”  After last week’s infuriating offering, there wasn’t a lot of excitement for the fallout this time around.  Yet, the show surprised us with one of the best episodes this season.  It was tight, it was surprising, it was self-reflexive and was deeply referential to past seasons of the show and past relationships.  Mad Men has been exceptionally uneven this year from week to week, but “The Quality of Mercy” was a reminder of how good it can be.  Hit the jump to find out if there’s a hooker who will accept travelers checks.

MAD MEN Recap: “Favors”

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There have been a few historical milestones that viewers have been anticipating Mad Men dealing with since the show’s inception.  While some things are alluded to cryptically (as is Mad Men‘s wont), that hasn’t always been good enough for fans who wanted to see more of an impact or reaction or anything from the characters regarding issues of race, political assassinations, and of course the Vietnam War.  Vietnam has been brought up in whispers and side-comments for two seasons now, but it wasn’t until “Favors” that things became overt.  They did so, naturally, because it affected Don selfishly.  That’s the only way things are dealt with or considered, because that’s what Mad Men has always been about.  “Favors” did also hint though at the possibility of change, though.  Or at the very least, the idea that Don is starting to realize there are consequences to his actions.  Hit the jump for more.

MAD MEN Recap: “A Tale of Two Cities”

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Another triumphant Mad Men this week wherein the women, just like last week, reigned supreme.  “A Tale of Two Cities” though was just as its title expressed, about Us versus Them (after that trippy episode two weeks ago, the last two episodes have been pretty clear in tone and intention).  It’s a theme that is pervasive not only at SCDPCGC, or SD&P as it is now known, but is woven within the time period as well, something that spills over from the news to business and personal life.  “A Tale of Two Cities” had a nice, clean arc, too — things happened, people triumphed, others were put in their place, and we roll ever more clearly into the height of the Swinging 60s.  Hit the jump for more on why “I’m Vasco de Gama, and you’re some other Mexican. Our main objective is to not get syphilis.”

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