At Mad Men’s End, Don Draper Finds Himself In Perfect Harmony

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Don Draper and company have made their last ad. After seven seasons on AMC, Mad Men is done. Jon Hamm, the actor who portrayed Don Draper, spoke to the New York Times today about the show’s ambiguous conclusion. “My take is that, the next day, he (Don) wakes up in this beautiful place, and has […]

Don Draper About To Board A Bus To His Future (Will Advertising Be In It?)

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The last episode of the final season of Mad Men airs Sunday night. AMC’s seven season human drama set inside an advertising agency is a wrap. How is the show going to end? Don Draper, the show’s central character is presently lost in the middle of America. He’s waiting for a bus on a country […]

Seducing Strangers Reveals Some Of Advertising’s Open Secrets

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I’ll admit I’d never heard of Josh Weltman, but boy does he bury the lede with his new book Seducing Strangers: How to Get People to Buy What You’re Selling. Because Josh Weltman is an LA-based veteran creative director who’s also a co-producer of Mad Men, and underneath the subtitle of the book is the […]

Bullova Accutron—It’s Not A Timepiece, It’s A Conversation Piece

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Mad Men season seven debuted on AMC last night. While it is a fictional show, it’s also instructive about the actual ad business in ways that Bewitched and other pop culture looks at the industry are not. … SPOILER ALERT … Season seven opens and we find that Don Draper is banished from the agency […]

Roger Sterling and Don Draper Are Big Time Squares, Man

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Roger Sterling and Don Draper—two suave New Yorker ad men—got their balls handed to them in a Los Angeles nut sack last night on Mad Men season six, episode 10. Interestingly, this episode, “A Tale of Two Cities,” was directed by John Slattery, the actor who portrays silver-haired fox Roger Sterling. On the way to […]

Peggy Olson Stabs Her Self-Righteous Lover

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This week on Mad Men, Peggy accidentally stabs her boyfriend Abe. On the way to the hospital, Abe thinks he might not make it and he wants to clear his conscience, so he tells Peggy she’s no good. Your activities are offensive to my every waking moment. I’m sorry, but you’ll always be the enemy. […]

The Little Black Cookie Now Filled With Wonder

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Oreo ran a 90-second animated spot during the airing of Mad Men on Sunday night. The new anti-vampire/pro-cookie spot was created by the Martin Agency. It features music from the band Owl City. According to The New York Times, Jorge Calleja, the group creative director at the Martin Agency who serves as the global creative […]

“Madison Avenue” And “The Car Guys” Come Together In A Real Sleazefest

Mad Men takes place inside a fictional Manhattan ad agency, but the fiction that comes from Matt Wiener’s head is real. And the show’s creator is hell bent on depicting a moral realism, which he clearly has a gift for. With that said, what can we draw from the scenes in episode 511, “The Other […]

McKinney v. WDCW, Tonight on AMC

Fuck “Mad Men.” I want to watch “The Pitch,” and that’s precisely what I’ll be doing this evening at 8:00 PST. Each episode of this new reality show on AMC matches two agencies against one another as they pitch a client project. Tonight’s sneak peak (the show starts in earnest on April 30) pits McKinney […]

See The Rolling Stones’ Early Sell-out For Rice Krispies

A subplot on last night’s “Mad Men” was an attempt by the agency to get the then-new Rolling Stones to do a commercial for Heinz. It was mentioned that in England, the Stones had done a spot for Rice Krispies. Which is true. See it here: Share