Saturday, April 20, 2024

Mad Men: Creator Clamps Down on Clips and Spoilers


remember all the hoopla last week for the season premiere of “Mad Men”? There were spoilers galore, and stories about the episode everywhere.

But series creator Matthew Weiner was upset, particularly with the New York Times’s Alessandra Stanley. (Who isn’t?) Anyway, he thought she gave too much away.

The result is you’ve seen almost nothing about this Sunday’s episode, titled “Christmas Comes But Once a Year.” The AMC website features a one minute, 4 second clip in which Roger Sterling (the inimitable John Slattery) invites an old friend to the firm’s Christmas party. That’s it. We know nothing about Don, Betty, Henry, Joan, or Peggy.

Here’s what this column knows. It’s Christmas 1964. There’s obviously a Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce Christmas party. The imdb lists a “kissing couple” as featured players, but no one else. Yet, we can see in the preview that this friend of Sterling’s is coming and he’s going to cause trouble. Will he hold mistletoe over Joan’s head? (Don’t we all want to?)

With super secret Weiner you never know what’s going on next. But a casting call went out last week for a new, wealthy family with the name Baxter—parents in their late 50s, and a daughter in her early 30s. It’s for episode 11, and the characters could be “recurring.” Makes you wonder who Don Draper is getting involved with so late in the season.

I don’t blame Weiner–he wants to keep up the suspense. But a few hints might be nice…In the meantime, set your DVRs!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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