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TV Tonight: "Mad Men"

TV Tonight: "Mad Men"

Watching the trailer for "Mad Men," AMC's original series about the ruthless business of advertising in the 1960s, reminds me of Good Night and Good Luck, set a few years later and shot in color. The cigarettes everywhere, the martini lunches and the slicked-back hair all recall an era far removed from today's digital world. But, much like Good Night and Good Luck, "Mad Men" isn't just a period piece. It's dealing with themes that still resonate today: how America gets sold — and who's doing the selling.

AMC isn't exactly known for its original series — its primary business is movies, from classics like The Godfather to more modern fare like Catwoman — but "Mad Men" could put it on the map. For a cable show on a network nobody associates with TV, it's gotten a tremendous amount of critical buzz, with some calling it the best new drama of the summer and even the best new series of the year. The show premieres tonight at 10 p.m. Eastern. To watch the preview, along with a short clip about the show's authenticity,

Photo courtesy of AMC

loveisinbloom loveisinbloom 10 years
already put it on Tivo!
Entertainment Entertainment 10 years
for bizzybee (and anyone else who won't be home to watch but still wants to check it out), AMC is making the show available on iTunes too!
radarkitty radarkitty 10 years
I already set my season pass!
bizzybee bizzybee 10 years
Oh! I wish I was going to be home tonight to watch this.
krampalicious krampalicious 10 years
this show makes me wish i had cable, though i'm sure it has all the typical ad industry stereotypes (which were probably true back then) running rampant. i work in an ad agency, and our m:f ratio is exactly the opposite of that pic. we're all women and two guys. although i wish people still dressed like that.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 10 years
This looks great. My father was a salesman in the 60s; this clip brought back many early memories. Really looking forward to watching this series, especially after reading the enthusiastic endorsements.
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