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EW Reveals First Pick for Don Draper; New Book Shows Series World From Female Perspective

This week in Mad Men news, both The Hollywood Reporter and Entertainment Weekly report that in a recent podcast Jon Hamm reveals that the role of Don Draper was originally pitched to fellow actor Thomas Jane. (Fortunately, Jane turned down the role.) In other news, a soon-to-be-released book is titled Mad Women: The Other Side of Life on Madison Avenue in the ’60s and Beyond. Read on for more.

• Jon Hamm reveals (and Entertainment Weekly and The Hollywood Reporter share) that Hung‘s Thomas Jane was first considered to play Don Draper. Says Hamm, “Nobody knew who I was. I wasn’t on anybody’s lists.”

Ad Age spotlights Jane Maas’s new book, titled Mad Women: The Other Side of Life on Madison Avenue in the ’60s and Beyond — set be released just prior to Mad Men’s season 5.

The Hollywood Reporter has an interview with Mad Men‘s Jon Hamm in which he discusses his longtime girlfriend Jennifer Westfeldt as well as his new role in Friends With Kids.

A Variety blogger admits to abandoning much of the fall TV lineup in order to devote full attention to watching Mad Men reruns on AMC. spotlights a Halloween-inspired T-shirt combining Mad Men and three iconic mad men of horror.

• According to, Matthew Weiner would like to drive Don Draper’s stylish 1962 Cadillac.

The Huffington Post discusses how Mad Men can influence recruiters in their search for young advertising talent.

The Economic Times recounts the memorable Mad Men scene when Peggy Olson pitches her “Mark your man” idea for Belle Jolie lipstick.

Fast Company states that current ad agencies should take pointers from Mad Men. reports that Christina Hendricks would like to have a guest role on Glee.

• Also according to, Melinda McGraw — Bobbie Barrett on Mad Men — has signed on to appear in an episode of NCIS.

The Wall Street Journal covers the annual Rape Foundation brunch, which was hosted by the cast of Mad Men. lists Mad Men as “one of the most popular themes for a Halloween party in 2011.”

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