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EMMYS: Drama Contenders Race Shaken Up By ‘True Detective’

EMMYS: Drama Contenders Race Shaken Up By ‘True Detective’Image (2) Awardsline-logo_use-this-one__140529211810-275x38.jpg for post 738599With outstanding drama series being the Powerball/Mega Millions of the Primetime Emmy Awards, any change in this particular competition is bound to cause a certain amount of eyebrow raising in the TV industry.  And, sure enough, the Television Academy’s decision this year to let HBO enter True Detective as a drama series, which is how HBO says it always envisioned the program, is being viewed by some rivals as an introduction of a large grain of sand in their spiritual spinach. Non-fans of the decision complain that the program has an unfair advantage and belongs in the miniseries race. True Detective, which will reboot with a new cast and storyline each season, is able to attract Hollywood heavyweights such as Matthew McConaughey because it only asks of them a one-season, eight-episode commitment. Ironically, that also might be the best explanation yet as to why the TV Academy did not balk when HBO submitted it as a drama. The program also stands to benefit from the TV Academy’s loosening of the “2 percent” rule for the drama series competition, which could open up the race to allow for seven nominees. Read More »

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R.I.P. Kate Mantilini:Beverly Hills Haven For Oscar Voters And So Many Others

By | Saturday June 14, 2014 @ 4:47pm PDT
Pete Hammond

AN APPRECIATION: It not only was perhaps the most consistently popular and cool restaurant in Beverly Hills, Kate Mantilini which is located at mantilinithe corner of Wilshire Blvd and Doheny and just two blocks from the headquarters of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, has in recent years become a key part of Oscar campaigning.  Sadly, due to a dispute over higher rent with a greedy landlord more interested in lining their pockets than in pleasing Hollywood,  Kate’s is closing its doors tonight after 27 years in the key BH location. The other Kate’s located in Woodland Hills remains open, but frankly it isn’t the same. This one was special.

6106528389_87d11b7f81The restaurant, founded in 1987 and owned by the Lewis family (Marilyn and Harry who also founded the famed Hamburger Hamlet chain and sons David, and Adam who has been running it since 2010) which is open late unlike just about every other place of its type in the area, became a real watering hole  for many Hollywood types like Mel Brooks  who has written his own obit for the place, and so many others.  It was almost impossible to go in there and not run into someone you know. It was really a hopping place, both at lunch , dinner and late night.  And it not only has been host to numerous premiere parties (including several for Matt Weiner and Mad Men, a Marilyn … Read More »

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‘Mad Men’ Cast & Matthew Weiner Reflect On Half Season & Bert Cooper’s Final Dance Number

By | Wednesday June 4, 2014 @ 12:54pm PDT

Mad Men castAMC should just forget about airing the final season of Mad Men on TV next year and release all the episodes in big theaters nationwide. Time and again during Emmy season, whenever Mad Men is shown on the big screen — such as Awardsline’s screening of the midseason finale “Waterloo” last night at the Landmark Theatre — it’s like watching a big summer film with a large audience. Last year at a TV Academy screening, there was a large gasp from the crowd when young Sally Draper walked in on her Dad bedding the neighbor, and last night was no exception with a hilarious uproar spurred from Pete Campbell’s excitement and Jim Cutler’s bristling over news of the ad firm’s latest merger.

Awardsline logo_use this oneFollowing the screening last night to a jam-packed theater, Deadline’s Dominic Patten led a panel with close to the entire Mad Men top players in attendance sans Jon Hamm and John Slattery: Christina Hendricks (Joan), Elisabeth Moss (Peggy), January Jones (Betty), Jessica Pare (Megan), Vincent Kartheiser (Pete), Kiernan Shipka (Sally), Robert Morse (Bert Cooper) and, of course, creator Matthew Weiner.

Related: ‘Mad Men’ Midseason Finale Surges In Live+3 Ratings
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EMMYS: Overlooked Veterans Vie For Another Chance At Emmy Glory

By | Tuesday June 3, 2014 @ 3:51pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Awardsline logo_use this oneIn May 2002, NBC’s Friends was coming off its eighth season, which chronicled Rachel’s pregnancy. Whether it was the resurgence of the Rachel/Ross storyline or the nation’s yearning for laughter following the 9/11 attacks, it was one of Friends’ most successful seasons, drawing its largest audience in four years. While Friends was embraced by Friendsviewers in a big way, the popular comedy seemed causa perduta where the Emmys were concerned. For its first seven seasons, Friends only had earned three Emmys (for supporting actress Lisa Kudrow, guest actor Bruce Willis and directing). In 2001 it missed a nom in the best comedy series category, after two consecutive mentions and four overall, and recorded its fewest nominations in any season with five. But the following year, voters gave the show a second look with 11 nominations, as well as wins for best comedy series and best actress in a comedy series for Jennifer Aniston. Read More »

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Matthew Weiner Tapped For International Emmy Founders Award

By | Monday June 2, 2014 @ 10:03am PDT

MM_MatthewWeinerMad Men creator Matthew Weiner will receive the 2014 International Emmy Founders Award during the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ awards ceremony November 24 in NY. Weiner is no stranger to the Emmys: he’s been nominated for 11 for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series, and Mad Men won four consecutive Outstanding Drama Series Emmys from 2008-2011. “With Mad Men, Matthew Weiner redefined period television and created a global cultural phenomenon that has dramatically changed the television landscape,” said Academy president and CEO Bruce Paisner today. “We look forward to honoring his creative talent with our Founders Award, a few weeks before the final episodes of this great series.” Mad Men just wrapped the first part of its seventh and final season last week with 1.9 million viewers for the AMC drama. The Memorial Day weekend semi-finale was down from the 2.7 million who watched the Season 6 finale last June.

Related: ‘Mad Men’ Finale “Set In Stone”, Weiner Says; No Spinoffs Planned

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Deadline’s Best TV Stories Of The Week

By | Sunday June 1, 2014 @ 6:21pm PDT

Get up to speed with Deadline’s top TV stories of the week:

mad men season 7 midseason finale‘Mad Men’ Finale “Set In Stone”, Matthew Weiner Says; No Spinoffs Planned
By Dominic Patten
If you thought Matthew Weiner was going to let a teaser or spoiler slip for the upcoming final episodes of Mad Men next year, think again. “Can’t tell you that, you got to watch” is all the creator of AMC’s acclaimed series has to say on that front. “You’ll have to see how we bring it all together,” the reticent producer adds.

Kevin Reilly’s Departure Signals Start Of ‘Pick A Replacement’ Derby, With New Rules
By Lisa De Moraes
This morning’s confirmation that Kevin Reilly was stepping down as Chairman of Entertainment at Fox Broadcast Co. ends weeks of speculation he would exit in the wake of the March promotion of Rupert Murdoch’s son, James to co-COO at 21st Century Fox, giving him oversight of, among other properties, the Fox broadcast network. When the dust settled back then, Fox Networks Group chief Peter Rice, to whom Reilly reported, would now report to James Murdoch instead of president/COO Chase Carey.

Related: DeadlineNow: Kevin Reilly’s Exit & Fox’s Future (Video)
Outgoing Fox Chief Kevin Reilly On Why He Is Leaving, The State Of Fox & What’s Next (Job At Turner?)

true-detective‘True Detective’ Season 2: More Details Emerge As Casting Rumors Intensify
By Nellie Andreeva
The True Detective follow-up season has become the TV equivalent of the latest Star Wars sequel, with closely guarded and wildly speculated about script and casting process. Read More »

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AMC’s ‘Mad Men’ Midseason Finale Surges In Live+3 Ratings

By | Friday May 30, 2014 @ 1:03pm PDT

mad men season 7 midseason finaleWell you can’t tell Don Draper to wipe that look off his face now.  With Live+3 viewing stats now in, the first ever midseason finale of AMC’s Mad Men saw the Matthew Weiner-created series draw an audience of 3.6 million. While down from the 4 million that Live+3 numbers had watching the Season 6 finale on June 23 last year, today’s number is up a stellar 87% from the Live+Same Day viewership of 1.9 million that the May 25 broadcast pulled in for the cable network. In terms of the key demos, the Live+3 to Live+3 from the Season 6 ender and the end of the first half of the seventh and final season of the 1960s-set show were basically on par. Among Adults 18-49, 1.84 million viewers, a 116% rise from the Live+Same Day numbers, watched this past Sunday’s broadcast. That’s also dead heat with the 1.8 million in that demo who saw the Season 6 finale. In terms of Adults 25-54, the Season 7 midseason finale was seen by 2.04 million according to Live+3 stats, a 114% rise from Live+Same Day numbers. Among the same demo, 2.1 million viewers saw the previous season ender.

Related: ‘Mad Men’ Finale “Set In Stone”, Matthew Weiner Says; No Spinoffs Planned

Long a DVR fave, Mad Men has seen a series of digital afterlife leaps this season. While the lowest season opener since 2008’s Season 2, the … Read More »

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AMC’s ‘Mad Men’ Midseason Finale Gets 1.9M Viewers

By | Tuesday May 27, 2014 @ 11:09am PDT

mad men s7a finale 5It’s not really over yet but AMC’s Mad Men seventh and final season is over for 2014. The first ever midseason finale of the Matthew Weiner-created series saw 1.9 million viewers tune in Sunday night to watch Don Draper and the rest of Sterling Cooper & Partners watch the Moon landing and go through a whole lot more. In its first Memorial Day weekend finale, the May 25 airing was down from the 2.7 million who watched the Season 6 ender on June 23 last year.  The Season 7 midseason finale was also the lowest Mad Men has done in Live+ Same Day numbers since the 1.75 million who watched Season 2′s ending on October 26, 2008. Last year’s Season 6 ender was steady with the June 12, 2012 Season 5 finale, which was the most watched finale Mad Men has had so far. The end of the first part of the 1960s-set show’s seventh season was also down from the 2.3 million who tuned in for the season premiere on April 13. In terms of the key demos, Sunday’s Season 7 midseason finale had 854,000 watching among Adults 18-49 and 956,000 watching among the 25-54s.

Related: ‘Mad Men’ Finale “Set In Stone”, Matthew Weiner Says; No Spinoffs Planned

While the DVR friendly show saw a 62% surge upwards in Live+3 ratings for the most recent premiere, it’s Live+Same Day results were the lowest opener for the … Read More »

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‘Mad Men’ Finale “Set In Stone”, Matthew Weiner Says; No Spinoffs Planned

By | Tuesday May 27, 2014 @ 6:00am PDT

SPOILER ALERT: This story contains details of May 25’s Mad Men Season 7 midseason finale.

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If you thought Matthew Weiner was going to let a teaser or spoiler slip for the upcoming final episodes of Mad Men next year, think again. “Can’t tell you that, you got to watch” is all the creator of AMC’s acclaimed series has to say on that front. “You’ll have to see how we bring it all together,” the reticent producer adds. “We don’t want to punch them in the face,“ says Weiner of Mad Men fans’ expectations for the end of the show. “We want them to walk away changed or better or at least entertained by it. That’s all I can say.” Speaking to Deadline the day after the Season 7 midseason finale of Mad Men aired, Weiner will say though that when the MM_MatthewWeinershow is done in 2015, it’s truly over. “Yeah, that’s it. That’s it,” he admits, briskly putting to rest any idea of Sterling Cooper & Partners sequel or spinoffs. “I love that people are trying to project and guess what the storytelling is. I’m writing the finale today as I was yesterday and it’s set in stone.”

Related: AMC’s ‘Mad Men’ Midseason Finale Gets 1.9M Viewers

What’s not set in stone is Weiner’s heart about Mad Men reaching the end of the first 7 episodes of its seventh season. “You know what, I’m a little sad as I always am when the show goes off the air,” the multiple Emmy winner admits about reaching the halfway point to the end with the May 25 broadcast and the wait until the show returns next spring for its last 7 episodes. As every Mad Men finale has been, the midseason Season 7 ender of the series that launched the AMC Original Series brand was co-written and directed by Weiner.

Related: On Eve Of ‘Mad Men’ Premiere, Matthew Weiner Near Millennium Deal For Pic ‘You Are Here’
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Josh Radnor & Robert Morse Sign On For Powerhouse Presentation

By | Wednesday May 21, 2014 @ 2:37pm PDT

Screen Shot 2014-05-21 at 5.33.30 PMAMC Celebrates The Season 7 Premiere Of "Mad Men" - Red CarpetThe How I Met Your Mother star and Broadway and Mad Men regular will be among the players at New York Stage And Film’s Powerhouse Theater presentations this summer at Vassar College. Josh Radnor will appear opposite Leslie Bibb (Neil LaBute’s Reasons To Be Happy) in Richard Greenberg’s The Babylon Line (June 25-July 6), directed by Steppenwolf veteran Terry Kinney. That cast includes Tony winners Randy Graff (City Of Angels, Les Miserables) and Frank Wood (Clybourne Park, August: Osage County) plus Maddie Corman (Next Fall), Julie Halston (Hairspray), and Michael Oberholtzer. Tony winners Morse (for the original production of Frank Loesser’s How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying) and Debbie Gravitte (Jerome Robbins’ Broadway) are set for In Your Arms (July 5-13) along with Ryan Steele (Matilda) and the great Carole Shelley (Billy Elliot).  Read More »

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Stephen Colbert Grills Matthew Weiner About Final Season of ‘Mad Men’: Video

By | Wednesday May 21, 2014 @ 6:54am PDT

Was it Matthew Weiner‘s idea or the network’s to make viewers wait until next year for the final episodes of the last season of Mad Men? Is Weiner ending the series because he’s afraid to show ’70s fashions? Did Weiner have no happy memories of the ’60s? Watch here:

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Cable Show: ‘Mad Men’ Creator Says ‘Sopranos’ Opened A TV Golden Age

By | Thursday May 1, 2014 @ 11:13am PDT

mattweinerCount Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner and AMC Networks CEO Josh Sapan among the long list of people who believe that this is a golden age for television. “If Dickens were alive today he’d probably be a showrunner,” the AMC chief said in a panel at The Cable Show. Weiner credits HBO’s The Sopranos, where he was a writer, for helping to establish television as a home for art as well as commerce. “There’s not one thing [in the show] that would pass a focus group, and it’s a billion dollar business.” That helped to interest AMC in Weiner’s Mad Men. “The word ‘Sopranos‘ was bigger on our first poster than anything else,” he says. Weiner wrote the pilot 14 years ago and the experience since then “has been life altering in every way….I got to grow up as [lead character Don Draper] has grown up.” Weiner praised AMC for taking a risk on his show, and others. “Breaking Bad and Mad Men have nothing in common. Why are they doing them? Because they’re both good. That’s an interesting strategy.” 

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‘Mad Men’ Debut Jumps With Live+3-Day Viewing

By | Friday April 18, 2014 @ 1:45pm PDT

MAD MEN SEASON 7 DEBUT 3The return of Mad Men for the first part of Season 7 on Sunday clocked 3.7 million viewers when Live+3 viewing stats are added in – a 62% jump from the previously reported 2.3 million for Live+Same Day. That’s good news for AMC, given those Live+SD stats had been the acclaimed drama series’ lowest season premiere since 2008’s Season 2.

Related: ‘Mad Men’s’ Season 7 Big Hollywood Premiere Buzz

Mad Men is one of TV’s most DVR’d series. In key demos, for instance – 18-49 and 25-54 – Sunday’s premiere telecast of the seventh-season starter bagged even bigger gains when delayed viewing through three days was factored in. In 18-49, the tally popped to 1.8 million viewers, up 74% from the initially reported ratings. In 25-54, Mad Men climbed 73%, to 1.9 million. The period drama’s return is still, however, down compared to its Season 6 opener on April 7, 2013, which snagged 4.5 million overall viewers, 2.1 million 18-49 viewers and 2.3 million in the 25-54 age bracket in Live+3 viewing. That two-hour debut was the show’s second-most-watched episode ever. It closely followed the Season 5 debut of March 25, 2012, which was seen by an audience … Read More »

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ABC’s ‘World News Tonight’ Beats ‘NBC Nightly News’ In News Demo, With ‘Mad Men’ Pitching In

dianesawyerabcABC World News With Diane Sawyer ranked as the No. 1 evening newscast in the news demo for the week of April 7 — its first weekly demo win this season. Sawyer beat NBC Nightly News With Brian Williams by 12,000 Adults 25-54 (1.882 million vs. 1.870 million).  It was ABC evening newscasts first demo win since the week of July 22, 2013. Last July — one year after ABC’s Good Morning America snapped NBC’s Today show weekly winning streak, ABC’s evening newscast outstripped NBC’s in the news demo by 38,000 demo viewers, ending NBC’s  newscast’s ratings winning streak of nearly five years. During the week of April 7, Sawyer’s newscast covered breaking news –  high school stabbings in Pennsylvania, California bus crash, Terry Moran in Central African Republic with UN Ambassador Samantha Power covering refugees and violence — but the newscast also featured a broadcast exclusive with Mad Men stars and creator as they debuted the AMC series’ final season.  The week of April 7 also marked the newscast hitting 1 million likes on Facebook, which some have correlated to the weekly demo win. ABC’s was the only broadcast up in the demo from one year ago during the comparable week (1%) – NBC’s newscast tumbled by 18% and CBS’s Scott Pelley-anchored newscast dropped 10% in the demo.
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AMC’s ‘Mad Men’ Season 7 Premiere Lowest Since 2008

By | Monday April 14, 2014 @ 11:28am PDT

MAD MEN SEASON 7 DEBUT 3The end is nigh for Mad Men, and last night the series had its lowest season premiere since 2008′s Season 2. The return of AMC’s acclaimed series for the first part of its 7th and final season drew 2.3 million viewers at 10 PM last night, just ahead of the 2.06 million who watched the Season 2 debut on July 27, 2008. The widely promoted 1-hour debut was down 32% in total viewers from the 3.4 million viewers that watched the Matthew Weiner-created series’ Season 6 premiere on April 7, 2013. That two-hour debut was the second-most-watched episode ever of the period drama. It closely followed the Season 5 debut of March 25, 2012, which was seen by an audience of 3.5 million. In terms of the key demos, last night’s Season 7 debut pulled in 1.1 million viewers among Adults 25-54 and 1 million among the 18-49s. While one of the most DVR’d shows on TV and certain to see a rise when the digital numbers start coming in, last night’s premiere was a dip from the 1.4 million viewers among adults 18-49 and 1.7 million viewers among adults 25-54 that Season 6′s premiere had.

Related: On Eve Of ‘Mad Men’ Premiere, Matthew Weiner Near Millennium Deal For Pic ‘You Are Here’

Now seeing Don Draper thoroughly bicoastal, among other things, last night’s Season 7 start also was down from the … Read More »

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On Eve Of ‘Mad Men’ Premiere, Matthew Weiner Near Millennium Deal For Pic ‘You Are Here’

By | Friday April 11, 2014 @ 11:07am PDT
Mike Fleming

you-are-here_-torontoEXCLUSIVE: Millennium Entertainment is near a deal to distribute You Are Here, the film written and directed by Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner that premiered at the last Toronto Film Festival.

mattweinerIt is the first film Weiner directed since What Do You Do All Day, the 1996 helming debut Weiner made before he developed his edgy voice on The Sopranos and then Mad Men, the celebrated AMC drama which begins its final season Sunday. The film stars Owen Wilson as bored TV weatherman Steve and Zach Galifianakis as eccentric shut-in Steve. The two childhood best friends embark on a road trip back to their hometown after the latter learns he has inherited a large sum of money from his recently deceased estranged father. There they do battle against Ben’s formidable sister (Amy Poehler) and deal with his father’s 25-year-old widow (Laura Ramsey). No confirmation on the deal, but I’m told reliably it’s happening and that the film will come out later this year. The film is produced by Gilbert Films’ Gary Gilbert, Jordan Horowitz, Scott Hornbacher, and Weiner.

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Diane Sawyer Begins Her ‘Mad Men’ Exit Interview Tomorrow

By | Wednesday April 9, 2014 @ 4:28pm PDT

Are there any questions left to ask the cast and creator of AMC‘s Mad Men? ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer gives it a whirl on her World News tomorrow night; additional portions of the interview will follow on Nightline and Friday’s Good Morning America. Part 1 of Mad Men’s final season kicks in Sunday, April 13. Here’s a preview of the interviews:


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Deadline Awards Watch 68: The March Oscar Jinx Podcast

By and | Thursday April 3, 2014 @ 5:58pm PDT

Deadline Awards Watch podcast 68In this week’s podcast, Deadline Awards Columnist Pete Hammond and host David Bloom, talk about whether seemingly awards-ready hits Noah and The Grand Budapest Hotel can overcome their early-year release dates and make a big run during Oscar season. We’ll also get Pete’s report from the premiere party for the last season of Mad Men and assess whether it has any chance to grab a few more Emmys against stiff drama category competition that now will include HBO’s True Detective.

Finally, Pete and David give their takes on the weekend’s notable movie debuts, which will be dominated this weekend by Captain America: The Winter Soldier. They also take up the Drake Doremus-directed romantic drama Breathe In, with Felicity Jones, Guy Pearce and Amy Ryan, and The Unknown Known, the latest documentary from Oscar winner Errol Morris, about former U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.

Listen to the podcast in your choice of formats here:
Deadline Awards Watch podcast 68 (.MP3 version)
Deadline Awards Watch podcast 68 (.M4A version)

The M4A version of this podcast is designed to run on any device using Apple’s iTunes software, and includes enhanced graphics and links to stories and other resources. The MP3 version of this podcast is designed to play on virtually any device capable of playing digital audio.

Those with “podcatcher” software may subscribe to AwardsWatch and have it automatically downloaded to them at this … Read More »

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‘Mad Men’s’ Season 7 Big Hollywood Premiere Buzz: How Does It All End? Why Can’t The Cast Win At Emmys? And Why Does Matt Weiner Welcome HBO’s ‘True Detective’ To Drama Series Race?

By | Thursday April 3, 2014 @ 12:03pm PDT
Pete Hammond

AMC threw a Hollywood premiere Wednesday night to kick off what was termed “the beginning of the end.” mad-men-logo-300x165AMC president Charlie Collier, Mad Men creator Matt Weiner and cast and crew were at the Arclight Theatre for the “Time Zones” episode that begins the first half of Season 7 premiering April 13th. The season marks the final go-round of the landmark four-time Emmy-winning Best Drama Series. The protracted goodbye will be split between seven episodes this spring and the final final episodes in spring 2015.

It was all very bittersweet last night as production actually was just beginning on those even as the premiere was kicking off.  In fact, executive producer Scott Hornbacher, who directed the “Time Zones” episode, was late to this party as he is also directing the first of those backend episodes. AMC's "Mad Men" Season 7 Premiere PartyHe told me later at the Chateau Marmont afterparty  that it’s going to be tough to end it, pointing to several people in the room he described as “family,” people  he saw every day.  That was the general consensus I got from so many cast members and AMC execs who have been with this since Day 1. One exec told me he was 24 when he first saw the pilot script. He’s 35 now. Life goes on. And so does Mad Men – at least to the conclusion for this iconic group of characters. CAA’s Bryan Lourd was seated next to me (he reps Weiner) and told me he wouldn’t have missed this event — even though CAA is having its retreat this weekend at La Costa near San Diego and he had to postpone a run-thru there to 11 PM so he could make it down the 405 freeway after the screening. Read More »

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