It’s taken a long time, but Mad Men, the always-awarded US drama series, will soon have its premiere on Australian free to air TV.
Set in the boardrooms of New York’s 1960s advertising agencies, this exquisite series premieres on SBS at 8:30pm on Thursdays April 16. The production design is outstanding.
Created, executive produced and written by Sopranos writer Matthew Weiner the 13-part series depicts America ‘before the loss of innocence, the assassinations, the Vietnam backlash, the Summer of Love…a time when the workplace is a hotbed of casual, cavalier misogyny and racism, of non-stop all-day drinking, flirting, backstabbing and smoking’ … a lot of smoking!
January Jones, who was here for the AFI Awards, told me they used herbal cigarettes for the scenes, to get around union rules. And she was pretty happy about that too.
Showered with Emmy and Golden Globe Awards, it stars Jon Hamm (We Were Soldiers), Elisabeth Moss (The West Wing), Vincent Kartheiser (Angel), January Jones (We Are Marshall) and Christina Hendricks (Kevin Hill), and guest stars John Slattery (Desperate Housewives), Rosemarie DeWitt (Standoff), Talia Balsam (All the Kings Men) and legendary stage and screen star Robert Morse (How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying). Michael Gladis (Third Watch), Aaron Staton (The Nanny Diaries), Rich Sommer (The Devil Wears Prada), Maggie Siff (Michael Clayton) and Bryan Batt (La Cage Aux Folles).
Two series have already aired on Movie Extra. But if you’ve never seen it here’s your chance (pace yourself, it’s a bit of a slow burner).