When we left off with Mad Men at the end of Season 4, Don Draper had just proposed to his new secretary, Megan; Joan was pregnant (seemingly with Roger’s baby), and Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce had just lost Lucky Strike as their biggest client. It’s been nearly 2 years since we last saw the gang, but this Sunday, they’re back on AMC in the two-hour Season 5 premiere.
We sat down with Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner in 2010 when he dished about creating the series, and what he hoped to accomplish with the Season 4 finale. Have a look:
On the series’ signature style:
On the Mad Men season four finale:
Click here to check out AMC’s Mad Men Season 5 behind-the-scenes footage and tune in to AMC this Sunday night, March 25th, at 9/8c to catch the premiere.
Matthew Weiner, Nominated for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series, was interviewed for four hours about his entire career to-date by the Archive of American Television in 2010. He discussed the creation and development ofMad Men (also nominated for Outstanding Drama Series) in great detail, including decisions about the style and costuming of the show, the direction, the editing, and casting of the main characters and storylines. See Matthew Weiner’s full interview here.
On the philosophy behind the show’s style and attention to detail:
On Mad Men’s “Don Draper”:
On how Jon Hamm almost wasn’t cast as “Don Draper” on Mad Men:
On the character “Joan Holloway” played by Christina Hendricks on Mad Men:
On the unintended sex appeal of “Joan Holloway”:
On why writing for The Sopranos helped make Mad Men possible:
Just as last-year’s Mad Men season came to a close, creator and TV writer (Becker, The Sopranos, Mad Men) Matthew Weiner was interviewed for four hours about his entire career to-date by the Archive of American Television. Mad Men fans: he discussed the creation and development of Mad Men in great detail, including decisions about the style and costuming of the show, the direction, the editing, and casting of the main characters and storylines. See Matthew Weiner’s full interview here.
When asked what he feels are the biggest misconceptions about him, Weiner responds to his critics directly in this video excerpt: