AMC is allowing that the beginning of season 2 in 1962 is officially leaked, and has posted a 1962 trivia quiz on their Mad Men blog. (I scored 11/15).

As mentioned in our reporting on the New York Times article, JWT will have a ten-second advertisement inside the new DVD release. Here’s an article about that, complete with cool picture, from Brandweek.

Media Bistro has an amusing take on George Lois and the Times Magazine article.

We confess that we watch each episode twice, once with the sound on and then again on mute, so as to better contemplate the stellar sets, vintage props, and bold-hued womenswear…

DVD Reviews abound! Why oh why didn’t we get a review copy? Sniff. Why oh why haven’t I got my contest prize yet? SNIFF! (I got a note from AMC on June 27 that my contest-prize DVD is in the mail. So yay. But sniff.)

Overwhelmingly positive reviews can be read at:

Hollywood Reporter did a roundtable (on June 3, but I didn’t see it until hullaballoo pointed it out) of showrunners on how they dealt with the WGA strike and other things. Matt Weiner is one such showrunner.

Movie Web is thrilled with “10 new photos” of season 2. They all seem to be the ones we had a month ago. But maybe I’m confused, because no matter what I click, I only see 3 photos.

AfterEllen.com has a juicy article on Mad Men’s women, including Carol, which mentions both the Times article and the DVD release.

Watching Peggy move from secretary to lead character Don Draper, to a woman with her own secretary at the end of the first series’ 13-episode run, was possibly one of the most satisfying arcs I have ever seen for a female character.

The article’s author doesn’t realize Joan was being snarky when she said Peggy would have a secretary. Nonetheless, the character arc is pretty damn amazing.

I live in suburban New York, but a Mad Men fan in LA reports seeing a Mad Men billboard. Yippee!

I’m not going to mention the gazillion articles that mention that Mad Men is officially on the Emmy shortlist, because it was enough weeding through them looking for real news. But it’s worth noting that the TV Decoder of the New York Times has a column thinking over each show’s chances.

A 16-page July Preview section of Entertainment Weekly mentions Mad Men’s ratings war with Burn Notice, but doesn’t give Mad Men its own page, which confuses me.

(Note: Roberta and I decided on a once-a-week news summary, but it’s only Wednesday and this is already a huge post, so here’s a half-week summary for your reading pleasure.)

The New York Times was a gift that kept on giving. After last week’s Sunday article, we had a major feature in Monday’s Business Day section.

The series was even the subject of an $8,000 question on a recent episode of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,” asking which business “Mad Men” is about. When a contestant asked the audience for help, 86 percent answered correctly.

And hey! The article says there’s going to be a 2009 wall calendar. Sweet.

But that’s not all. The Times is creating buzz elsewhere. New York Magazine’s Culture Vulture writes about the Sunday Times cover story:
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TV Week speculates about the Emmy nominations, which will be announced July 17. Will the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences go with the tried-and-true, or will it favor newcomers, particularly Mad Men?

“The Academy has proven that it’s not particularly adventurous,” Mr. Keller [of TVSquad.com] said. “Otherwise, we wouldn’t have Tony Shalhoub nominated and winning almost every year.”

On the other hand, Michael Ausiello, who just moved from TV Guide to Entertainment Weekly, has faith in the Academy. “Last year I seem to remember it felt like the same old, same old, but I have a feeling that this is the year we’re going to see cable’s dominance, even more so than seasons past. I’m pushing for some new blood.”

This is double news, because it’s the first I’ve heard of Ausiello leaving TV Guide. He’s a real champion of our favorite show.

“I look for ‘Mad Men’ to really sweep the nominations, especially the acting in a drama series; it’s a show that enjoyed enormous critical response,” said Mr. Ausiello. “Even though it wasn’t seen by a whole lot of people, it seems to me the kind of show that Emmy voters would love.”

Mr. Keller also is sure “Mad Men” will get a slew of nominations, including drama series.

Watch this space on July 17.

(in case you are super spoiler conscious…)

For Those Who Think Young.

According to Spoiler TV.

And okay, let’s not obsess and go at it like hawks. Let’s just enjoy it! it’s beautiful.

And speaking of obsessing, enjoying, and beautiful…

I call it, My New Wallpaper.

(And I mean, in my bathroom, not on my desktop.)

The United Kingdom gets season two of Mad Men. Lucky them!

USA Today has an article about season 2, with more juicy Weiner quotes. Reading this interview, some of it echoes Entertainment Weekly so strongly that I suspect Bill Keveney was in the same room for the same interview with EW, but pulled different quotes.

“The world has changed a little bit, but the stories will involve two things: One is that you have to live with the consequences of your actions, and (the other is) people don’t change,” [Weiner] says. Viewers “will be seeing their old friends, but they will have new problems.”

Oh No They Didn’t has the sexy sexy photo.

Someday we’ll be happy I collected all these in one place. TV critic Gillian Flynn lists the 10 best shows of 2007; MM is #8, in an exceptionally well-written capsule:

8. MAD MEN (AMC)
Flannel-suited men swirling amber drinks. Emerald liqueur sloshing in the watercooler. Full skirts wobbling like bells. Set in the ad industry circa 1960, Mad Men is packed with suitably seductive images. But those pretty pictures are hollow: That dashing exec is Don Draper (Jon Hamm), who reinvented himself past recognition, and that pert blonde is his wife, Betty (January Jones), whose desperate bid to be a happy housewife is undoing her. By season’s end, she’s holding the mittened hand of a little neighbor boy, begging him, ”Tell me I’ll be okay.” Mad Men makes a convincing case for the art of the lie.

On the other hand, EW’s Ken Tucker excluded MM from his list. (On the other hand, he includes Life.)