Pass The Heinz, a campaign idea for Heinz pitched by Don Draper in Mad Men, is appearing on real-life billboards in New York this week. (via Creative Review)


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This past summer, Mad Men co-star Christina Hendricks shed some light on how the cast of our favorite booze-addled ad-world drama celebrated after filming its final episode. “We partied for about a week straight,” the actress, who plays Joan Holloway, said before revealing that their spirit of choice was song. “We’re all surprisingly into musicals,” she explained. “There was a lot of singing of Little Shop of Horrors, ‘Defying Gravity’ [from Wicked], and a little bit of Frozen.”

As charming as it was to picture Pete Campbell belting out “Let It Go,” we suspected that the after-party might not have been all song-and-dance, especially with all of the bar carts there were to be pillaged. And now, in a new interview, Jon Hamm—Don Draper himself—offers his own version of the Mad Men finale celebration. “It was rather a long day, and it was rather a lot of people’s last day so there were lots of speeches and a lot of hugs and tears and a lot of laughter,” the actor told Sky News. And then? “It ended in a sort of massive drinking session at about two A.M.” That sounds more like it.

The actor continued by rationalizing the boozy sendoff. “Obviously it was the end of a massive chapter in all of our lives as people and as actors—most of us weren’t particularly famous when it started and got significantly more famous as the series progressed,” he said. “We’re all very close friends and remain in each other’s lives and consider each other family in some weird way.” Hamm returns to screens for his final Mad Men curtain call this coming April. Until then, you can get a dose of the dapper former Vanity Fair cover star this Christmas on the British drama Black Mirror. (via Vanity Fair/Julie Miller)




They´re finally back…

The seventh and final season of Mad Men will be an episode longer than normal and shown in two equal blocks, Breaking Bad-style. The first seven episodes will air over spring 2014, the show’s US network AMC announced yesterday (September 17), followed by the second seven episodes in spring 2015. In the UK, new episodes of Mad Men are shown on Sky Atlantic within a few days of premiering in the US. “We plan to take advantage of this chance to have a more elaborate story told in two parts, which can resonate a little bit longer in the minds of our audience,” the show’s creator Matthew Weiner said in a statement.

“The writers, cast and other artists welcome this unique manner of ending this unique experience.” Meanwhile, AMC’s president Charles Collier revealed that the decision to split the last 14 episodes of Mad Men was partly inspired by the success of Breaking Bad’s two-part final season. “This approach has worked well for many programs across multiple networks and, most recently for us with Breaking Bad, which attracted nearly double the number of viewers to its second half premiere than had watched any previous episode,” he explained. Regular cast members Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, January Jones, Christina Hendricks, John Slattery and Vincent Kartheiser will all be back for the final season.


For the much-awaited Season 6 of its hit TV series ‘Mad Men’, AMC has unveiled stills of the first two episodes of the season. The images give a glimpse into what’s to come during the two-hour premiere on Sunday night—featuring the Sterling Draper Cooper Pryce office and Don Draper on a vacation. (via DesignTaxi)


New York-based photographer Michael Williams of My Life In Plastic has modified Barbie dolls after the characters of AMC TV series Mad Men. In his parody series, ‘prototypes’ of Mad Men Barbie dolls Betty Francis, Joan Harris, Megan Draper, Peggy Olson, and Sally Draper come decked out with a full range of accessories. Williams also photographed Barbie and Ken dolls in ‘Mad Men scenes’ for his ‘Mad Dolls’ feature the year before for Haute Doll Magazine. (via DesignTaxi)

Actress January Jones, who plays Betty Draper/Francis in Mad Men has explained why she won’t feature in the two hour opening episode of season five of the advertising agency drama.The series premiere will be broadcast in the United States this Sunday (March 25) and Jones has said that she “wasn’t hurt at all” by her exclusion from the new episode. Speaking to the Hollywood Reporter, Jones explained that she was absent from filming because of the birth of her son, Xander.

She did, however, manage to get some scenes filmed before the birth. “It was really difficult. Eight months pregnant, you’re fatigued and emotional and I just sort of tried to channel that into the character,” she said. “Luckily, Betty’s sort of an emotional crackerbox, so it worked.”Series creator Matthew Weiner added: “We wanted to accommodate her. She has a very modern situation. Way more modern than Betty Draper. We accommodated her work life, and we’re just so happy for her. And so she got to go off and have her baby, take her maternity leave, and come back to work.”

Mad Men star Jon Hamm recently refuted suggestions that the show will end by flash forwarding to the present day. It had been reported that the show’s final scenes would feature an elderly Don Draper but Hamm, who plays Draper, has denied the claims. He told “OK, you would probably have read that rather than heard it online. If you had heard the quote you would not have misunderstood the quote. That is not what Matt (Weiner) said. Matt knows how this show is going to end. And I’ll just leave it at that… but no, we’re not going to go into the 90s with Don Draper.” (via NME)