Watch the First Teaser for ‘Mad Men’ Season 6

With the sixth season of Mad Men on the horizon, we’re anxiously waiting to see what has come of the usual gang. So far, we have gotten a taste of the thematic issues of the season from show runner Matthew Weiner and as set of dapper promotional stills, but just what will come of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce, Joan, Betty, and Peggy is still left to the imagination. And with the first teaser for the new season, Weiner has chosen to reveal the overall tone for the premiere without revealing any new clips. Bits of season five are sliced together to remind us of the malaise and anxiety that we ended on, prompting us understand "the next thing will be better." Maybe.

Anyhow, check out the 30-second video and start pressing your suits and pencil skirts and dust off those martini glasses because in two weeks we’ll all be sitting down for the two-hour season premiere of AMC’s most acclaimed series—you know, besides Breaking Bad.

Check Out a Glitzy New Set of Photos for ‘Mad Men’ Season Six

For those of you still reeling from last year’s Season Five finale of Mad Men, don’t worry—the premiere is but a month away. On April 7th, we will all grab some hard alcohol and sit around our televisions to watch the two-hour premiere is Season Six and from the looks of it, tensions will continue to grow and the atmosphere will become increasingly dark. We’ve been eagerly waiting to know if Don will survive the blow to his ego by the newly independent Megan and Peggy, if Joan will uphold the strength that keeps her at the core of the show, and just what sort of psychological turmoil Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce will find themselves in this.

The season opener will be written by showrunner Matthew Weiner and directed by Scott Hornbacher, with the following episode directed by Jon Hamm. And as we learned back in January, this new season will delve deeper into the issues that resonated throughout the 1960s, shaking people of their social and moral ground, to which Weiner has said:

…For some reason or another, this season feels particularly related to where I feel that we are right now, as a country and as a society…There’s been a bit of a blow to our self-esteem. None of the economic realities of the ’60s, of any of the years that we’ve done the show, reflect what’s going on right now. It was really a boom time for the economy, for job creation, and American industy. But I think that the social order, the blow to our self-esteem and turning inward as we deal with the loss of something. The loss of our— Now I’m being super-vague about it. I’m not prepared to talk about it.

And with a newly unveiled series of promotional shots of the cast looking suave, it appears as though everyone may be beautiful but a smug, unhappiness is permeating the room—but again, what else is new? Check out the shots below and get your martini shakers and/or bottle of scotch ready for next month’s premiere.

Addendum: Look at the sass on that small child in the final photo.

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Counterpoint: ‘Mad Men’ Can’t Possibly Be Coming Back Already

Mad Men is about to come roaring back with its—holy shit, sixth season? I dropped out after the season four finale, which, if I recall correctly, ended with a freaky coma dream where Don marries one of Tony Soprano’s mistresses on Dexter’s kill table while zombie Walt and Jesse watch in horror. What a cliffhanger.

Then there was season five, allegedly. I’m reasonably confident that Roger Sterling said something sarcastic in it, yeah? While smoking. That cad, such a crowd-pleaser. Willing to bet also that one woman sabotaged another’s attempts to earn the authority/respect that is her male colleagues’ birthright. But gosh if they didn’t both look pretty the whole time!

So what does season six, premiering on April 7, hold in store? Sure, I can call my parents every Monday and get a hazy synopsis of the most recent episode they fell asleep in front of, but I want some teasers before then. Luckily, the show’s creator, Matthew Weiner, dropped this juicy hint: “The season is about Don.” Salivate away! 

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‘Mad Men’ Returns With a Special Two-Hour Premiere on April 7th

The last season of Mad Men ended with a dull ache rather than swift punch. The final note was a contemplative one, not entirely somber but with so much change in the air it was difficult to tell just where the character’s could go from here. We’ve been waiting for months now to see how Peggy will fare outside of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce, how Don will deal with his wife’s newly found independence, and just how Joan will maintain the strength that’s always pushed her forward. But the wait will soon be over. AMC has officially announced that the show will have its return on April 7th with a special two-hour season premiere.

“I am going to skip ahead in time,” said Weiner in a recent interview with the Daily Beast. “I won’t say how long, but the first two episodes are a movie unto themselves. And they do foreshadow what’s going to happen in the season. They do tell a story of the period and root you where you are in these people’s lives. But a lot has changed when the season opens up. A lot has changed.”

The special premiere will be written by Weiner himself and directed by Scott Hornbacher, with the following episode on the 17th written by Jonathan Weiner and directed by Jon Hamm. Speaking to the dramatic and drastic changes made in the previous seasons—from Peggy’s departure, to Lane’s suicide, Weiner commented: 

 I don’t think anybody else has done a permanent divorce like that, or moved people out of their home, or dissolved their businesses or anything. So they were worried. I never said to anyone that Elisabeth was leaving the show. I just said that the character was moving on and you’ll have to watch. That’s what I always say: ‘You’ll have to watch.’ And you know what? If people were angry, God bless them, I’m glad that their emotions are wrapped up in the show. It’s a kind of interest that you can’t pay for… I’m not driven by giving them what they want. I’m driven by entertaining them.

This will also be the final season before Weiner wraps things up with a seventh season in the year to follow. And unrelatedly but sadly, this year will also see the end to one of television’s most-beloved and acclaimed shows, also an AMC hit, Breaking Bad. Charlie Collier, President and General Manager of AMC said, "It is a calling card and a point of great pride for AMC to be the network home of Mad Men,led by Matthew Weiner and his brilliant team," to which Kevin Briggs, President, Lionsgate Television Group said, "The success of Mad Men is built on the exceptional artistry and imagination of Matthew Weiner, the cast, and the entirewriting and producing team. They continually strive to raise the bar and we look forward to bringing viewers another great season."

And in the sixth season of the show, the characters of Mad Men will not only face the darker and more poignant issues that plagued the 1960s, which we saw begin to develop in the fifth season but, "for some reason or another, this season feels particularly related to where I feel that we are right now, as a country and as a society," says Weiner. "There’s been a bit of a blow to our self-esteem. None of the economic realities of the ’60s, of any of the years that we’ve done the show, reflect what’s going on right now. It was really a boom time for the economy, for job creation, and American industy. But I think that the social order, the blow to our self-esteem and turning inward as we deal with the loss of something. "The loss of our— Now I’m being super-vague about it. I’m not prepared to talk about it.”

He may be vague but we wouldn’t want it any other way. One of the best things about Mad Men is the every-evolving and surprising narrative, how each episode unfolds like a story of it’s own, weaving in out of conflict and stillness that keep us connected to the characters and challenge us an audience. Every episode may not be perfect but there’s always a sense that you’re watching something that’s truly been meticulously crafted and executed and personally, I’m looking forward to diving into the new season and seeing just how these characters deal when thrust into a new world. So get your drinks ready because April isn’t too far off.

Zach Galifianakis, Owen Wilson Join ‘Mad Men’ Creator Matthew Weiner’s Film Debut

Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner has been waiting for more than a decade to direct his first feature film, but this may help: Owen Wilson and Zach Galifianakis will join the cast of You Are Here, based off a script Weiner wrote in the early part of the millennium. "It’s a dramedy that centers on a weatherman who is dependent on a best friend for his good times," the Hollywood Reporter writes. "When the friend inherits a business and some land from his father, the weatherman is forced to get his own life in order." Maybe the reason this couldn’t get off the ground is because of how conceptually similar it sounds to Nic Cage’s The Weather Man

Weiner’s been cock of the block for a while, but especially so after signing a $30 million deal for Mad Men’s final three seasons and watching the season five premiere debut to record ratings. So what’s a little cash towards a vanity project? THR notes that actors like Matt Dillon and Renee Zellweger have been attached in the past, but with little progress. Wilson and Galifianakis are pretty marketable (Amy Poehler is rumored to be joining the cast to), so hopefully this still stick. If not, well: More time to brainstorm how Pete and Peggy can get back together.

Morning Links: Taylor Swift Brings Out T.I. in Atlanta, Possible Tupac Sex Tape Surfaces

● T.I.’s first post-prison performance was an unlikely guest spot at Taylor Swift’s Atlanta show last night. As it turns out, the girl’s got edge. [Rap Radar] ● Waka Flocka Flame was slugged in the face by a former protege during a charity being held at a bowling alley. The rap game’s stressful. [TMZ] ● When it became clear he wouldn’t be making his Toronto show, Russell Brand likened the Canadian border patrol to Nazis and blamed them for denying him access into the country. In reality, Canada could care less about the comedian; he was just late because of plane problems. [THR]

● Kim Kardashian and Selena Gomez are truly the best friends a girl could want. Demi Lovato says they called her every day while she was in treatment for an eating disorder. “Those two girls, they meant the world to me,” she says. “They still do.” [NYDN] ● TMZ thinks they’ve found a short Tupac sex tape, which opens up all sorts of weird questions about postmortem sexiness. [TMZ] ● Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner fancies himself to be most like Mad Men adwoman Peggy Olson. He also sees a lot of Don Draper in himself, but because he writes about “consequences,” he says, “I really don’t fantasize about being him.” [NYT]

Outspoken ‘Sons of Anarchy’ Showrunner Quits Twitter After Bashing Outspoken ‘Mad Men’ Showrunner

With the help of Ryan Murphy (Glee), Matthew Weiner (Mad Men), and Kurt Sutter (Sons of Anarchy), showrunners—that new, buzzy word used to describe a genius who exercises totalitarian control over the creative direction of a TV show—are quickly getting a reputation as the most outspoken sub-species in Hollywood. And what’s the worst enemy of someone who can’t keep their combative thoughts to themselves? It’s Twitter, of course.

Sutter just proved as much, forcing himself to quit tweeting over the weekend after remarks directed towards Weiner caused a stir.

The back-story: Last week, Sutter took to Twitter and unloaded on Weiner for hogging all of AMC’s financial resources, thereby crippling the network’s other shows, like Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead. But in Hollywood, you’re not exactly allowed to publicly bash someone as powerful as Weiner (it doesn’t help that he said Hollywood is full of “dicksuckers”) without experiencing blowback, so whether it was because Sutter got heat from his management team or just some dirty looks around town, he left Twitter in one final, apologetic blaze of glory:

twitter was a fun ride. all my comments were done in the service of free speech, humor and fan interaction. but ultimately, me having an instantaneous outlet for my darker impulses is not a good thing. i’m a guy who needs filters. lots of them. it seems that my opinions turn into headlines and my black humor turns into tabloid fodder. clearly my 140 characters are causing more harm than good. i’ll continue stirring the pot with the weekly YOUTUBE WTF SUTTER updates and my SUTTERINK blog http://sutterink.blogspot.com. I want to thank the SOA fans for their tremendous support. please follow @FXNETWORKS and @SAMCRO_BLOGGER for updates on SONS OF ANARCHY. it’s time for me go and … i accept that.

If you’d like, you can follow Sutter on his blog instead.

Morning Links: ‘Mad Men’ Will Return, Lindsay Lohan’s Rough Night Out

● Chuck Lorre still thinks this whole Charlie Sheen thing sucks. In a vanity card at the end of last night’s Mike & Molly, he wrote, dimly, “Love, sex, food, friendship, art play, beauty and the simple pleasure of a coup of tea are all well and good, but never forget that God/the universe is determined to kill you by whatever means necessary.” [Deadline] ● Streetwear clothing line Volcom is suing Jay-Z’s Roc Nation, saying that the diamond logo Jay’s company uses is too similar to their own. It’s one thing, Volcom says, to “throw up the roc” as a hand gesture, but things get confusing when you start using it on clothes and other merchandise. [AllHipHop] ● AMC and Matthew Weiner have finally come to terms, signing a deal for at least two more seasons of Mad Men, without any cast cuts. Keeping Duck and Sally will come at a cost, though: Two more minutes of commercial time per episode. [NYT]

● Lindsay Lohan proved that old habits die hard, ending her night out in New York on the ground, surrounded by paparazzi. On twitter, she defended herself with, uh, clarity: “Is it not allowed to slip and fall? im always a klutz!!!” [PopSugar] ● James Franco thinks the Oscars were a success, not because they were good but because we’re still talking about it. “Well, as soon as you don’t host the way they want you to, they suddenly care, and they won’t shut up about it. Then they can’t hear enough about a show they don’t care about.” [PopWatch] ● Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Candice Swanepoel looks alarmingly skinny in these photos from a recent Victoria’s Secret event, just as she looks alarmingly skinny in all the photos we’ve ever seen of her. After all, she is alarmingly skinny, isn’t she? [NYDN]

Can One Man Save Renee Zellweger’s Career?

Over the weekend, the L.A. Times ran an article about a very scary place called “movie purgatory,” that unfortunate limbo where an ill-fated movie waits, sometimes for years, for someone to let it into a theatrical heaven (or bargain bin hell). A title can end up in movie purgatory for several reasons, like financial or personnel shakeups at the studio, a movie’s overall suckiness, or public displays of insanity. One of the author’s textbook examples is the case of Case 39, a by-the-numbers thriller shot in 2006 and starring Renee Zellweger and a then largely unknown Bradley Cooper. The movie finally came out this year to – you guess it – scathing reviews and zero box-office heat. The article is less-than flattering to Ms. Zellweger, saying her stock has “dipped precipitously” since she shot the movie, and accurately calling the rest of her movies since, “poorly reviewed flops.” Well, that all changes today.

This morning, just as we were about to scratch her name off the A-List, news broke that Zellweger, along with Matt Dillon and Jack Black, are attached to star in a movie called You Are Here, about two immature thirtysomething roommates who must reevaluate their lives after one of their fathers die, and leaves his son “a general store, a country home and millions of dollars worth of Amish farmland.” At first glance, this doesn’t sound like the project that will rescue Zellweger’s stalled career, but what if we told you it’s the directorial debut of the guy who invented Don Draper? Guess what: it is!

In 2010, Mad Men was the most talked about show on television, and besides Lost and Avatar, probably the most talked about cultural event, period. That means its creator, Matthew Weiner, is free to make any movie he pleases, with probably any cast he wants. It also means that despite the involvement of Amish farmland, people should get excited about this, especially you, Renee Zellweger.