After the nearly two-year hiatus between the fourth and fifth seasons, it seems almost too early for AMC to be ramping up for another round of “Mad Men.” But much like Don Draper, Roger Sterling and the aging ad men of Madison Avenue are aware, time rolls on whether you like it or not.
With the two-hour Season 6 premiere set to air April 7 (that’s the week following “The Walking Dead” finale, for you AMC diehards), it’s time to get refreshed on what went down when we last tuned in to the shady shenanigans at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce, as well as ponder what might be in store for the upcoming batch of 13 episodes.
I could give you a rundown of key points to Season 5, but AMC has provided this nifty video with input from “Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner that does a better job than I ever could.
To also help sell you on the future, a snazzy batch of Season 6 promo photos have arrived on HitFix.com, which does nothing if not remind you how good Don and Joan can look and hint that as the 1970s are nearing, Pete Campbell is embracing the sideburn trend. Also telling is the prominence of both Peggy, who some feared would be either off the series (until Weiner told us otherwise) or reduced to playing a small role, and Betty (who looks back to normal size, so the whip topping binges must be a thing of the past).
Rolling Stone also dropped a great video to the web-surfing world yesterday, giving us the tiniest of sneak peaks into the new season, with input from those involved. Keep an eye out for Harry Crane’s groovy new look. Here’s that clip:
So, can Don make it another season as a quasi-happily married man? Can Pete continue leading his early-‘60s Draperesque lifestyle? Can Peggy find an effective way to stay on our TV screens? And since we’re asking questions, can Roger sample some more LSD?
“Mad Men” Season 6 premieres at 8 p.m. April 7 on AMC.
–Shane Nyman, email@example.com or on Twitter @shanenyman