"From when I got onto 'Becker,' I was starting to do something else at night. This was my mistress. I had this idea. I don't know where it came from, I don't know how it developed -- doing a show set in the 60s… But what I really wanted to do was a story about someone who was like me -- who was 35 years old and had everything and was miserable."
About This Interview
In his eight-hour Archive interview, Matthew Weiner talks about writing on TV shows including Becker and The Sopranos, and his creation of the series Mad Men. He details the writers' room on The Sopranos and working with David Chase, as well as pivotal episodes from the series including The Sopranos' finale. He talks in-depth about the concept behind his series, Mad Men, pitching it to AMC, and the attention paid to the style of the show, which is set in the 1960s. He discusses casting the show, specific storylines and the concepts behind them, and the then-future of the series. Weiner talks about the gap between seasons four and five of Mad Men, and describes his contract negotiations with AMC during that time. He recalls the various themes and storylines of seasons five and six, including "Joan Holloway" becoming a partner, the suicide of "Lane Pryce," and the disintegration of the marriage of "Don Draper" and "Megan Draper." He outlines various technical aspects of the show, including updating the wardrobe to match the styles of the times, and making the switch from shooting Mad Men on film to video starting with season five. He speaks of plotting out the end of Mad Men for seasons 7a and 7b, including "Don Draper's" downward spiral, the deaths of "Bert Cooper" and "Betty Francis," and his decision to use Coca-Cola's iconic "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing" commercial as the finale of the show. He recounts his feelings about the end of Mad Men, and talks about his then-current activities. Karen Herman conducted parts one and two of the interview on October 11, 2010 and November 12, 2010 in North Hollywood, CA. Adrienne Faillace conducted part three on June 8, 2015 in Los Angeles, CA.