Matthew Weiner, Jon Hamm and January Jones at Lincoln Center March 21. Photo by Godlis.
A conversation with cast members and the creator of the AMC hit series Mad Men is this week's spotlight of The Close-Up, the Film Society of Lincoln Center's podcast.
Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner and stars Jon Hamm, January Jones, Christina Hendricks, and John Slattery joined journalist Chuck Klosterman, who moderated the lively on-stage conversation about the Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning series, looking back at the popular TV show's seven seasons. The event, which took place Saturday, March 21 here at Lincoln Center, was dubbed “Mad Men: The End of an Era.”
Mad Men is set in the '60s initially at the fictional Sterling Cooper advertising agency on Madison Avenue in New York. The series has received widespread critical acclaim since its debut nearly eight years ago for its historical authenticity, visual style, costume design, acting, writing, and directing.
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The series' list of awards include 15 Emmys and four Golden Globes. It is the first basic-cable series to win the Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series.
Before a packed house, most of the cast members walked out on stage—fittingly—with cocktails in hand. Before opening the 90-minute discussion, Klosterman noted that many people who have been ardent viewers of Mad Men had not lived through the era, which the series so meticulously depicted. “What's amazing is that [there are many] people who feel nostalgia for an era they never actually experienced,” he said. “But that also [shows] the power of advertising…”
Matthew Weiner, Jon Hamm, January Jones, Christina Hendricks and John Slattery at Lincoln Center March 21. Photo by Godlis.
The event featured favorite clips from various seasons of the series, curated by Weiner and cast. The podcast includes quick synopses of the clips to contextualize the conversation.
Mad Men premiered in July 2007 on AMC. The cable network will begin airing the final episodes of the series on April 5.
Chuck Klosterman, Matthew Weiner, Jon Hamm, January Jones, Christina Hendricks and John Slattery at Lincoln Center
March 21. Photo by Godlis.