Mad Men Season 3 starts on Sunday and I am…excited. Here’s a round up of some of what’s been said about the show in the last couple weeks.
-Like cocktails? Here’s a Mad Men Cocktail Guide.
-Lots here from Vanity Fair, including a word on their obsession with set design:
A scene-setting anecdote everyone in the Mad Men orbit tells is how Weiner came onto the set one day and focused on some pieces of fruit he said were too large and shiny and perfectly formed; produce in the early 60sâ€”period produceâ€”wasnâ€™t pumped up. Get smaller, dumpier fruit, he ordered. (Depending on who was telling me the story, from cast members to network executives, the offending produce morphed from apples to oranges to bananas, but Amy Wells, the set decorator, said definitively: it was apples.)
-The New Yorker on advertising Mad Men:
The theme of season three is change. â€œWe wanted our key art to be more high-concept,â€ Schupack explained, unveiling the new poster, which hits this week: Draper is sitting in his office, looking nonchalant, as water rises up to his knees.
-From Esquire, Christina Hendricks and some other female players.
-Story about the real life person Don Draper is based on.
In the 1960s, Draper Daniels was something of a legendary character in American advertising. As the creative head of Leo Burnett in Chicago in the 1950s, he had fathered the Marlboro Man campaign, among others, and become known as one of the top idea men in the business. He was also a bit of a maverick.
–Playboy is getting Madmenized for the next couple weeks.
–Interview and podcast with Jon Hamm.
-Talking with the Mad Men costume designer:
Bryant mixes original creations with vintage pieces for the principal cast’s wardrobe, which is designed from scratch, starting with sketches. Her use of kaleidoscope colors, sparkling jewelry, brilliant prints and florals can be deliciously distracting.
-New York Magazine got into the act with a profile of Christina Hendricks
Which is kind of the point of Mad Men. Bad is sexy. And then just very, very bad. The show lures you in with a glittering surface, but just below is a hothouse of homophobia, racism, anti-Semitism, sexism, and a more general and crushing sense of isolation.
and Pete Campbell whom everyone hates except Matt Weiner apparently:
â€œI went to an all-boys school, and Peteâ€™s like the kids I went to school with. He could have been Holden Caulfieldâ€™s roommate, who borrowed his coat and didnâ€™t bring it back.â€
and a handy Guide to the First Two Seasons.
-Finally here’s the Wall St Journal on the story, which seems to be getting a lot of play this year, of the writing staff that is mostly female:
The story centers on Don Draper and his shadowy past, but a key part of the series, the writers say, is its complicated female characters. â€œItâ€™s less skewed than it appears,â€ says consulting producer Maria Jacquemetton.