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New York Times Analyzes Mad Men Season 6; Mad Men Tops THR‘s Power Rankings


This week, the New York Times looks at the women of the series, while Mad Men lands the No. 1 spot in The Hollywood Reporter‘s weekly power rankings. Read on for more Mad Men news:

The Boston Globe raves that Mad Men “returns for season 6 with two hours that are as rich and as deftly literary as anything in the history of the show.” Meanwhile, The New York Times says Mad Men‘s “characters are so well imagined and enigmatic that they never seem like mere caricatures of the period.”

Mad Men‘s season premiere debuts at No. 1 on The Hollywood Reporter‘s Power Rankings.

Jon Hamm discusses the Season 6 premiere with TV Guide, observing, “Mortality is something that is weighing on Don.” Hamm also talks with New York about Don’s search for “enlightenment and understanding.”

Linda Cardellini, who plays Sylvia Rosen, speaks to Entertainment Weekly about her “top-secret, watercooler-worthy” Mad Men debut. The Hollywood Reporter covers the Twitter reaction to Cardellini’s appearance, which “ripped a hole in the space-time continuum of continuity.”

TV Guide deconstructs the season premiere with Matthew Weiner, who points out Don’s Royal Hawaiian Hotel ad is “a good ad, and by the 1970s there are a lot of ads like this.” Weiner adds, “I feel like the society is becoming more like Don and he’s never been more in touch with what’s going on.”

John Slattery speaks with New York about Roger sobbing in the season premiere, calling it “great storytelling.” Slattery also talks to Salon about directing two episodes of Mad Men this season.

Janie Bryant talks about Megan and Joan’s Season 6 premiere looks with The Hollywood Reporter.

Parade conducts a Q&A with Elisabeth Moss, who says, From the start, I decided to play a real girl who’s trying to figure everything out, not a put-upon secretary from the ’60s.” Plus, Cosmopolitan believes Peggy is “the same ambitious, take-no-prisoners, kick-ass career woman she’s always been — she’s just finally getting the power and respect she deserves.”

Entertainment Weekly tries to work out how Peggy, Joan and Megan fit into the burgeoning feminist movement of 1968.

TV Guide poses eight burning questions it wants answered during Season 6.

The Hollywood Reporter offers a gallery of Season 5’s most talked-about moments, led by the electro-shock treatment of Pete’s mistress, Beth Dawes, in the Season 5 finale.

Elle Decor visits Janie Bryant’s southern California home, where the designer is “influenced by the 1770s and the 1970s.”

Christina Hendricks appears on the May cover of Flare and shares what she’s learned from Joan: “Definitely about having more confidence and trusting your decisions–and about pencil skirts…” Hendricks also answers Jimmy Kimmel’s “3 Ridiculous Questions.”

The Hollywood Reporter wonders what’s up with James Wolk’s character of Bob Benson.

A history professor tells CNN that Mad Men‘s characters don’t have to become hippies in order for the drama to showcase the turbulence and changes of the 1960s.

Lucky schools its readers on how to get Mad Men hair, “from architectural waves to shellacked-in-place updos.”

The Boston Globe praises Mad Men‘s portrayal of women because “each woman on Mad Men has been given a rich world.”

The Sacramento Bee selects its top Mad Men episodes from the first five seasons.

The Wall Street Journal writes about watching Mad Men to ogle the cars.

A former Young and Rubicam secretary during the “Mad Men era” tells the Chicago Tribune that the show accurately portrays the bosses, the sex, the smoking, the booze, etc.

Rolling Stone argues that Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon and Mad Men “share the same crucial themes.”

NPR looks at the use of classical music on the show, including Chopin’s E-Flat Major Nocturne, Op. 9, No. 2 in the Season 6 premiere.

House Beautiful examines the look and details of the Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce office.

The Wall Street Journal examines how “multi-episode, multi-season serial television is the great art form of our time.”

The Globe and Mail says top cable shows like Mad Men are “transforming TV.”

Jon Hamm (and Breaking Bad‘s Betsy Brandt) will be a guest on BBC America’s The Nerdist on April 13, according to TV by the Numbers.

• For recaps and reviews of the Season 6 Premiere, “The Doorway,” check out The Atlantic, Entertainment Weekly, E! Online, HitFix, Houston Chronicle, the New York Daily News, Salon, Slate, The Star-Ledger, Time,, TVLine, Us Weekly, The Wall Street Journal and Zap2it.

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