Thursday, May 23, 2024

“Mad Men” News: Final Season Will Have 14 Episodes, One More Than in Past


Here’s some exclusive “Mad Men” news: Season 7, the final season, will have one extra episode. Instead of the usual 13 there will be fourteen episodes. Sources tell me it will be a regular one hour episode, too, not a special double finale. My guess, if I had to make one, is that will be set sometime in the future after episode 13. But’s that just speculation. Season 7 should take place through all of 1969, bringing Don, Betty, Peggy and friends to the end of an era.

Of course, with two episodes in Season 6 remaining, the big news tonight or next week will be whether or not Betty is pregnant. And if she is, will it be the result of her fling with Don? It’s an old soap opera convention, but it’s sure to drive ratings and get tongues wagging. Even if it is Don’s, would he even acknowledge it? Not necessarily since he barely speaks to Bobby and has no relationship with youngest son, Gene.

Set your DVRs, since “Mad Men” will overlap with the Tony Awards tonight for one hour. I’m betting that during that hour the Tonys put on segments from all the musicals.

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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