Thursday, May 30, 2024

“Mad Men”: Where Did Ted Chaough Get That Crazy Name?


Chow, chow, chow. Or Chaough. That’s the last name of Ted Chaough, new partner of Don Draper and friends, maybe romantic interest for Peggy Olson. Kevin Rahm plays Ted, who’s brought his agent Cutler Gleason Chaough into Sterling Draper Cooper Pryce with a lot of force– and maybe to Pete Campbell’s detriment.

But what kind of name is that? Where did “Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner think of this? Indeed, Chaough is a name you will not find anywhere in any listing in the United States. It simply doesn’t exist. It does look like Chat plus Cough. It’s so far not a stand in for “Chow” or shortened ethnic moniker.

Indeed, Matt Weiner, a “Mad Men” source says, totally made it up. “It sounded and looked like one of those ridiculous wasp ad men names. It’s just a writers’ joke.” Well, who knows? Maybe in the the final season Weiner will give Ted some big reveal.

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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