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Man Men returns Sunday at 9/8c on AMC with a two-hour, fifth season premiere. Will viewers flock back after a 17 month hiatus?
The answer, of course, is yes. This is television’s best drama, an Emmy-winner four years in a row. The Sopranos sat out similar breaks and came back stronger than ever in the ratings.
Besides, there is so much built-in curiosity with a Man Men return. Did Don Draper marry his beautiful young secretary (played by Montreal native Jessica Pare)? Did Joan (Christina Hendricks) have her child? Is Roger (John Slattery) still smoking? And what year is it? Will we see Draper wear bell bottoms and love beads as this series slips deep into the ’60s?
Creator, writer, executive producer and showrunner Matthew Weiner was spilling nothing last January when he joined the cast at an informal meeting with TV critics in Pasadena last press tour. Still, a scrum with this guy is always worthwhile. Weiner is just so on his game and his insights on television in general are always worth noting.
While he won’t talk plot points about this season’s shows, the 46-year-old showrunner is a big classic film buff and is always ready to talk about one of his creative inspirations, The Apartment. (Curiously, on the same press tour, Ricky Gervais told reporters that it was also his favourite film.) Weiner has long acknowledged that the 1960 Oscar winner served as a style blueprint for his series, but its also a writing guide, he says. “Any comparison [to that film] is one of the most flattering things.”
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