Who’s ready for season six of “Mad Men“? I am! It always seems soooo long between seasons of the Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning AMC drama, doesn’t it? Even when there’s just a mere one year between seasons.
Season six premieres Sunday, April 7 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, with a special two-hour premiere written by creator and executive producer, Matthew Weiner and directed by executive producer, Scott Hornbacher.
Following the premiere, on Sunday, April 14, “Mad Men” will return to its regular timeslot at 10 p.m. ET/PT with an episode written by Jonathan Igla and Weiner, and directed by Jon Hamm a.k.a. Don Draper.
Fans looking to catch up on “Mad Men” can watch the fifth season on AMC On Demand beginning Feb. 11, with season five episodes rolling out each week up to the season six premiere. Viewers can also set their DVR every Sunday morning beginning at 6:00am ET/PT to catch up on past “Mad Men” episodes, including season five, which begins airing March 3, leading up to the season six premiere.
And finally, seasons one through four are available for streaming on Netflix.
Created by Emmy and Golden Globe winner Weiner and produced by Lionsgate, “Mad Men” has three Golden Globe Awards for Best Drama and made history in 2011 as the first basic cable series ever to win the Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series in four consecutive years. The series stars Jon Hamm, January Jones, Elisabeth Moss, John Slattery, Vincent Kartheiser, Christina Hendricks, Jessica Paré, Aaron Staton, Rich Sommer, Robert Morse, Jay Ferguson, Chris Stanley, Ben Feldman and Kiernan Shipka.
Ok, so what’s ahead for season six? Who knows, but Weiner says the show “will advance in time,” and the new season will be reflective of contemporary society. “There’s always the intention to have it have something to do with the world we’re in right now,” Weiner told The Daily Beast. “That’s only because I only can write from what I know. And for some reason or another, this season feels particularly related to where I feel that we are right now, as a country and as a society. . . . I think that the social order, the blow to our self-esteem and turning inward as we deal with the loss of something. The loss of our — now I’m being super-vague about it. I’m not prepared to talk about it.” Hmmm…
He adds that season six is chock full of ideas that have been brewing for a while. After his executive producers told him to “‘go for broke, use up everything you have and we’ll deal with it later,’” he “decided to throw it all in.”
Could the storyline revolve around Pete’s (Vincent Kartheiser) suicide, as some have predicted? “I know the character of Pete very well,” Weiner said, “and I don’t see Peter Campbell as someone who would ever commit suicide. He is very judgmental about mental illness. He eventually said it in Episode 13 that he views it as weak, and that was already written and shot when all of this hubbub started.”
Weiner says he would love for viewers to watch the last 10 minutes of Season 5 right before Season 6 starts. “I think you’ll have a really incredible experience as we get there.”
And then there’s these promotional photos, which certainly offer a few clues. Or not. Let’s take a look…
Peggy is back … and she looks none too happy about it. Remember, Peggy left Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce at the end of last season for a job at another agency. We think she should be a partner with SCDP. Just think about it, that’s all we ask.
Don Draper doesn’t look too thrilled with his wife, Megan. Could her hairstyle mean the show has jumped into the 1970s? With Sally dressed like Jackie O, maybe this is the Nixon inauguration of 1973.
Ha ha! Everyone’s laughing and happy. And hmmm… with Roger and Joan both now single, could their close proximity mean they’re finally at long last together? We’d love for Roger to be a real father to the baby he sired with Joan.
Still lots of smoking and drinking. Apparently, the time shift hasn’t moved into the health-conscious era.