Emmy-winning “Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner has signed up to direct his first movie — a project he also wrote years ago. Called “You Are Here”, the movie will star Owen Wilson as a free-wheeling bachelor and Zach Galafinakis as his bi-polar best friend who take a road trip after a family death.
According to TV response analyst Bluefin Labs, Mad Men (106,000 comments) received more than twice the social buzz of any other drama that premiered in 2012. Alcatraz, which made its debut on Jan. 16, received 43,000 comments; Smash, which premiered Feb. 6, received 56,000 comments; and GCB, which premiered Mar. 4, received 21,000 comments.
So it seems fans will not be disappointed by Sunday’s episode. Consensus opinion seems to be that while it might not rank as one of the series’ best, it does a good job of catching everyone up and setting the tone for what will surely be a riveting season of highbrow television.
We know we’re not alone, which is why we’ve worked tirelessly to fill the gap for fans, getting some of the best interviews, with star Jon Hamm and the entire cast, as well as creator Matt Weiner; teasing as much as we can in our review; creating some fun video mash-ups, and gathering the coolest viral videos; and even shaking up a signature cocktail to toast the show’s return.
Kartheiser and I talk about Pete’s evolution from corporate weasel to unsung hero of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce, about how Pete feels these days about Peggy, and also about how the rest of the cast hung him out to dry when Jon Hamm directed an episode this season.
And despite all the comings and goings on TV in the last 17 months, despite the great work being done on FX and HBO and Showtime, the premiere suggests that the only other show that belongs with it in the discussion for the best drama on television is the same one we were talking about last season. At the top level, there is “Breaking Bad,” and there is also — finally, thankfully, exceptionally — “Mad Men,” and then there is everything else.
But apparently several journalists did notice that a scene featured the song “The Look of Love” at a time six months before the tune would actually have been released. Weiner, being a stickler for detail, says he has replaced the song with another tune.