When last we saw Don Draper, he had impulsively got engaged, and was hurtling through the end of 1965 with little heed to the thoughts of those who knew him best and/or cared for him. There's still no word on when Season 5 will air; I wonder if that season will deal with the latter-Sixties crazy days in the ad business, as documented in a number of books about the industry and the era.
Can Don Draper, the quintessential self-reinvented man, change? We shall see.
... and wound up looking a bit like Hunter S. Thompson.
Last year, AMC offered a fun web app called MadMen Yourself on the show's website, allowing fans to create avatars of themselves in the style of the show. I made one of myself, featuring a hat and two things I'm likely to carry: a newspaper and a coffee:
With a new season, the app gets an upgrade. More options and backgrounds, and more clothes to pick from ... still within the Sinatra-era look and feel. Tennis whites, even.
This is a trailer for the upcoming fourth season of Mad Men, which has been notably stingy with advance word from what to expect from Don Draper and his colleagues, post-corporate rebellion (as seen in the excellent finale to season three).
The trailer, curiously, doesn't give a single thing away about what to expect in the coming year. In fact, it's a rant Don presents to a stubborn client in one of the episodes from the first season!
I've been reading The Age of Persuasion, the book that shares a name with the CBC Radio series fronted by the dry and witty Terry O'Reilly. (O'Reilly shares the authorship credit with producer Mike Tennant.)
The book is now out in the States, with one of the fundamentals of rebranding: a makeover.
My wife spotted this hand-adorned pillow on Etsy this week. It mimics the already iconic silhouette of Jon Hamm from the opening of Mad Men, albeit with a Manhattan skyline added. A cool item, although I don't think I'm too tempted to get it; after all, what would Don Draper think?
Given that AMC has been reluctant to release much of any kind of detail about what to expect on the third season of Mad Men, which debuts tonight, you'll appreciate the joke on this "tour" of the set, made for Funny or Die:
Those who watch Mad Men know that Don Draper is a self-made man ... or, rather, a self-invented one. A new game from the makers of the show should help stir the coffee pot leading up to the third season.
With Mad Men Yourself, you create our own avatar. That's me in the middle; I chose to put myself right in Sterling Cooper's austere Madison Ave. office. You can stylize your own look, and it probably says something that I chose things (jacket with elbow patches, for one) that I actually wear. Being light of hair - volume, not colour - I took advantage of the era and got a hat. For accessories, I picked a cup of coffee (duh) and a briefcase. Again, they work well in either era.
Apart from making a wallpaper-sized image, you can also export your avatar with the right sizes for Twitter, Facebook, etc. Have fun.
The Simpsons may be in its 20th season, but it can still score with spot-on parodies, including this one from last Sunday's annual Treehouse of Horror episode, using a frame-for-frame rip on the opening of Mad Men. A special nod to replacing Jon Hamm's cigarette with a lollipop...
Dot Dot Dot is Morse code for the letter 'S,' the full message Guglielmo Marconi claimed to have received atop Signal Hill in St. John's in 1901. It ushered in the age of telecommunications. My maternal grandfather worked as a telegraph operator for Canadian Marconi on Signal Hill for many years.
As well, I have a habit of overusing the ellipsis when I write ... as frequent readers might notice.