AMC announced today that the final season of the Lionsgate series Mad Men will be expanded to 14 episodes and equally portioned with seven episodes airing in spring of 2014 (“The Beginning”) and the final seven episodes of this iconic series (“The End of an Era”) airing in the spring of 2015.

“This approach has worked well for many programs across multiple networks, and, most recently for us with Breaking Bad which attracted nearly double the number of viewers to its second half premiere than had watched any previous episode,” said Charlie Collier, AMC president. “We are determined to bring Mad Men a similar showcase. In an era where high-end content is savored and analyzed, and catch-up time is used well to drive back to live events, we believe this is the best way to release the now 14 episodes than remain of this iconic series.”

“We plan to take advantage of this chance to have a more elaborate story told in two parts, which can resonate a little bit longer in the minds of our audience,” said Matthew Weiner, creator and executive producer, Mad Men. “The writers, cast and other artists welcome this unique manner of ending this unique experience.”

Mad Men has had a transcendent impact on our popular culture, and it has played a prominent role in building our Lionsgate brand,” said Kevin Beggs, Chairman, Lionsgate Television Group. “We anticipate a remarkable seventh season thanks to the brilliance of Matthew Weiner, the entire creative and production team, and our tremendous partnership with AMC. We’re all working to ensure that the series will have the kind of powerful send-off it so richly deserves.”

The first half of the final season of Mad Men will premiere on AMC this spring.

Since the series premiere in 2007, “Mad Men” has become one of television’s most honored shows. The show has earned six Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Drama Series leading to four wins for Outstanding Drama Series. Additional honors for the series includes: three Golden Globe Awards for Best Television Drama Series; a Peabody Award; three Producers Guild Awards; four Writers Guild Awards; two BAFTA Awards; five Television Critics Association Awards including Program of the Year, and being named five years running to AFI’s Top 10 Outstanding Television Programs.

The show stars Jon Hamm, January Jones, Vincent Karthheiser, Elisabeth Moss, Christina Hendricks, John Slattery, Aaron Staton, Rich Somm

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Many fans of “Mad Men” have no idea how they’ll cope after the show wraps up its seventh and supposedly final season. Actress Christina Hendricks, who today picked up her fourth Emmy nomination for her role as Joan on the AMC period drama, doesn’t quite know how she’ll handle the end of the show either.

“It’s something we all have to deal with,”  says Hendricks, who is up for Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series.

Mad Men” began as a show that seemed nostalgic for a fading age of masculine power and privilege; it has increasingly become a study of women asserting their clout in the boardroom and the bedroom.

Beyond “Mad Men,” Hendricks has a full plate of projects including “God’s Pocket” (written and directed by her “Mad Men” co-star John Slattery) and “How to Catch a Monster,” directed by actor Ryan Gosling.

Shortly after today’s Emmy nominations were announced, the actress called up Speakeasy for a chat.

What are your thoughts about this latest Emmy nomination?

It’s amazing. It’s season six for us, so it’s so incredible people keep watching the show and they’re just as excited as they ever were. We wrapped the last episode in season six awhile ago, so the nomination is a nice reminder of the work that we’ve done and that everyone contributed. After the show wrapped we all ran away and did our own things. It’s nice to be brought home again.

What are your thoughts about the changing power relationship between men and women on the show?

I think it’s inevitable. ["Mad Men" creator] Matt [Weiner] is telling the story of changing times. It’s a decade when things are really shifting and very powerful things are happening for women. What I love about “Mad Men” is that there are many different female characters and it’s up to us to represent different kinds of women.

How are you feeling going into this final season of “Mad Men”?

The anticipation of it all ending is just kind of heartbreaking. We are all going to try to enjoy the final season as much as possible. It will be the most emotional.

You’ve played Joan for six seasons. How do you get a long-running character out of your system?

You might have to call me back in a year and a half! We were discussing that last night. Do you let yourself have some time to let it all go, or do you throw yourself into other work so you don’t sit around and wallow? I don’t know. Read full article »

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Christina Hendricks
Supporting Actress, Drama
Mad Men (AMC)

The thing I need most to play Joan: It’s a layered effect, but once the hair is up and you zip up that last tight skirt, it solidifies things. The tight skirt and the updo really do it.

The first thing I do on set: I have it timed out: I live six minutes from work, so every day I show up on the dot with wet hair, I throw my purse in my trailer and go straight into hair and makeup.

My dream guest star gig: I want to be on all of them because I’ll be unemployed in a year, so put that out there! I want to be on Homeland because I love the suspense of it, but I also want to be on Game of Thrones. I want to wear pelts and horns and ride around on horseback.

If I weren’t an actress, I would be: I think I would make a great florist.

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In this interview, Christina Hendricks (Joan Harris on AMC’s Mad Men) talks about exploring her character’s personal life and a defining moment.

Q: Peggy quit SCDP and Joan’s a partner. What do you think they’ve learned from each other?

A: Both of these women are saying, “I’ve worked really hard and I deserve this. And I’m going to take it.” And I think Joan has learned a lot from watching Peggy and seeing that it’s worked for her too.

Q: Did you ever imagine that Joan would become a partner? How does it feel?

A: It was very exciting… But as she should be. As she should be. She’s been there a long time, and she’s incredibly capable. And I think she knows what’s going on there probably more than anyone.

Q: Do you feel like there were clues in Joan’s life leading up to the way she handled the Jaguar situation? Did her decision surprise you?

A: There were moments throughout the past seasons where you see her excel at something, and it gets taken away from her, quite simply because she’s a woman or that wasn’t her position… I think she just reached a point where she wants to take care of her family. She wants to make sure her son is provided for. And she’s protecting herself and she knows she deserves it, and sadly that was her only option to get her there… I wasn’t surprised.

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Christina Hendricks, the ravishing redhead that set America’s heart ablaze with her role as Joan Harris on AMC’s “Mad Men,” slept through the news of her Emmy nomination Thursday.

“I just found out about 10 minutes ago,” Hendricks said by phone from New York City. “I went to see a play last night and I turned my phone on silent — so I took the luxury of sleeping in until noon. So I’m exactly where I was when I heard: in bed.”

She’s only in New York for a few more days because her work will soon be done on co-star John Slattery‘s directorial debut, “God’s Pocket,” which also stars Philip Seymour Hoffman.

“He’s amazing,” Hendricks says of Slattery, who plays Roger Sterling on “Mad Men.” “But I’m almost done and I get to come home. I’m ready for a staycation.”

What is it about “Mad Men” that keeps devoted audiences coming back year after year?

“I think it’s the writing. It’s extraordinary — since season one it’s been consistently extraordinary and groundbreaking,” Hendricks said. “And Matt Weiner writes such rich characters. People continue to connect with them, even after six seasons.”

That’s certainly true of Hendricks‘ character.

“I think people are very fond of Joan because she’s a survivor, and she’s strong and competent and smart,” Hendricks said. “People really root for her, and she says the things that people wish they could say. And the things that she says are incredibly surprising and satisfying.”

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Christina Hendricks attended on Sunday evening (September 23) the 2012 Emmy Awards. She was nominated as Best Supporting Actress (Drama) but lost to Dame Maggie Smith from Downton Abbey. She also partecipated in the cold opening of the Emmys with Jimmy Kimmel and Lena Dunham, Kathy Bates,  Zooey Deschanel, Connie Britton, Martha Plimpton, Mindy Kaling, Ryan Seacrest, Tom Bergeron, Jeff Probst, Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel and Ellen DeGeneres.

Christina looked amazing in a custom Christian Siriano strapless belted trumpet gown, a Judith Leiber clutch and Lorraine Schwartz jewels including $1,850,000 earrings.

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The “Man Men” bombshell explains what Joan and Roger scene touched her most.

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If an increasingly common sniff test for political candidates is to pick the one you’d want to have a beer with, then “Mad Men‘s” Christina Hendricks is well suited to meeting that standard as an Emmy contender.

Hendricks, sitting for an interview after breezing through a photo shoot, has a natural ease. It’s there in the way she salvages a questioner’s bumbling sally about her girlhood as daughter of a National Forest Service employee with her own spin. “I am still,” she says, with the smallest soupçon of irony, “friends with woodchucks.”

She’s enjoying, without much fuss, her third consecutive supporting actress in a drama nomination for playing Joan Holloway on AMC’s “Mad Men.” What plays for Joan as self-composure sitting atop a steely inner core gives way in conversation with Hendricks to casual, often mirthful grace and, underneath that, an unpretentious braininess.

“What’s been great for me,” says “Mad Men” creator Matt Weiner, “is for people to recognize the surprise that, all physical attributes aside, there is a tremendous depth to her portrayals, and you’re getting a real person there — somebody you want to meet, or sometimes don’t want to meet, but she’s a super-intelligent actress.”

Originally called in to read for the part of Midge, mistress to costar Jon Hamm’s Don Draper, Hendricks was upgraded to the then-compact role of Joan as office manager — what Weiner saw as “keeper of the office harem — but we changed her from guest star on the pilot to series regular immediately.”

(New fans of the cultural milestone that “Mad Men” has become, be warned that spoilers start here.) Read full article »

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