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Mad Men returns to new episodes Aug. 16, bringing back the show Hollywood loves but few viewers actually watch



Mad_men I've gotten enough phone calls and e-mails bugging me about this to make it a blog post: AMC's Mad Men returns for its third season at 10 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 16, with a daylong marathon of Season 2 eps beginning at 7 a.m. Mon. Aug. 10.

When I ran into show creator Matthew Weiner (at right in picture with Jon Hamm) at the Golden Globes in January, it seemed this announcement might never come.

Scuttlebutt at the time was that Weiner wanted financial terms commensurate with a guy loaded down with Golden Globe and Emmy awards, but AMC was looking at ratings of just over 1 million people a week and balking at more expense.

In the end, somebody blinked and the show Weinerandhammwith the biggest imbalance between press coverage/critical love/major awards and viewership was greenlit for another season.

Given that AMC's other original drama Breaking Bad came into its own this season, the 2009 Emmys promise to be an interesting showdown.


Click below for AMC's press release:


Premiere Episode to be Presented with Limited Commercial Breaks

Second Season 13-Episode Marathon Begins Monday, August 10 at 7 am ET

First and Second Season Available On Demand

New York, NY – June 10, 2009 - AMC will premiere the third season of its critically-acclaimed, award-winning drama Mad Men on Sunday, August 16th at 10PM ET/9PM C. The premiere airing will be presented with limited commercial interruptions.

Leading up to the highly-anticipated new season will be a Mad Men marathon on Monday, August 10, from 7AM – 8PM EST, featuring all 13 episodes from the series’ award-winning second season.

Beginning today, Season One is available On Demand, in both standard- and high-definition.  Season Two will be available On Demand starting Monday, July 20.  The pilot episode entitled “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes” is available now for live streaming on

Mad Men debuted in July 2007 and has gone on to win multiple Emmy® Awards, including the Emmy for Outstanding Drama, a first for a basic cable series. It is also the only basic cable series to win the Golden Globe award two years in a row (2007 and 2008) for Best Television Series-Drama and was the recipient of a Peabody award in 2008.  It has gained unprecedented recognition and has been hailed as, “One of the most critically acclaimed TV shows ever,” by the New York Post.  TV Guide called it, “madly, marvelously mesmerizing,” while the New York Times said, “It’s a sleek, hard boiled drama with a soft, satirical core.”   USA Today said, “If this is the future of TV, the future is looking good.”

Mad Men is created, written and executive produced by Matthew Weiner (Executive Producer/Writer, The Sopranos), co-executive produced by Scott Hornbacher (The Sopranos), and produced by Lionsgate.  AMC’s Joel Stillerman, SVP of original programming, production and digital content and Vlad Wolynetz, VP of Production, Series and Movies, oversee development and production for the network. 

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 21, 2010 2:58pm]


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