The cast and crew of ‘Mad Men’ including Elisabeth Moss, Jon Hamm, Matthew Weiner and Christina Hendricks poses in the press room during the 63rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on September 18, 2011 in Los Angeles, California on September 18, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. Credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images
The ’60s period drama “Mad Men” returned for its fifth season after an unusual 18-month hiatus on Sunday, March 25th. The long break was replete with contract disputes and some typical off-screen Hollywood drama, but it didn’t cool the slow burn of the show’s steamy plot or quell any fan interest.
Sunday’s season premiere drew 3.5 million viewers – the largest audience for the show to-date. This growing popularity has made “Mad Men”’s creator, Matthew Weiner, one of the hottest names in the business.
Weiner wrote the original draft for “Mad Men” in 2000, and the script led to his first success as a writer and producer on the wildly popular HBO mob drama, “The Sopranos.” He eventually pitched “Mad Men” to AMC when the network began to produce original programming. The show first aired in 2007 and has gone on to win four Emmy awards for best drama series.
The critically acclaimed drama centers on a fictional Madison Avenue advertising agency and uses its characters to reflect the radical cultural shifts of America in the 1960’s. Weiner has plans for another two seasons of “Mad Men” and is set to begin production on his feature film directorial debut, “You Are Here,” in May, 2012.
What is your favorite aspect of “Mad Men”? The costumes? The pillow talk? The historical references? The scotch?
Matthew Weiner, television writer, director and producer; creator of Mad Men
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