Saturday, May 18, 2024

“Mad Men” Season Finale: Jon Hamm Scores an Emmy Touchdown


Matthew Weiner pulled out all the stops tonight for a season finale, didn’t he? No cliches, none of the stuff we all wondered about. Except maybe whether Ted would leave his wife for Peggy. But really, it was all about coming clean. And Jon Hamm, I think, scored his Emmy nomination and win in that speech to the Hershey’s people.

The final scene: heartbreaking. What a whirlwind this episode was. But Weiner may be suggesting that Don has a future after all. This is a lot different than what water cooler talk has indicated. Amazing. And for “Mad Men” incredibly uplifting.

And what are left with: Peggy in Don’s chair. Don removed from the agency. The show resuming in early 1969 for Season 7. Will Megan leave Don? (I don’t think so.) Ted is gone– goodbye to Kevin Rahm, who deserves an Emmy nomination. Bob Benson is the Devil incarnate. Frightening. But Roger and Joan have a future– and everyone wants that.

Emmy voters: “Mad Men” is the best show on TV. Jon Hamm, John Slattery, Elizabeth Moss and Christina Hendricks all deserve Emmys. This last episode capped a magnificent season.

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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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