(NEW YORK) — The seventh and final season of Mad Men begins Sunday night on AMC. The first seven episodes will air in the coming weeks. Then, the show will go on an extended hiatus until the spring of 2015, when the second half of the season will premiere.
The life of Don Draper, the womanizing ad exec played by Jon Hamm, had spiraled out of control by the end of season six. He was placed on leave by the Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce Advertising Agency. And his marriage had crumbled, with Don opposing his wife Megan’s desire to more seriously pursue her acting career.
It’s unclear whether James Wolk will be back to reprise his role of Bob Benson, a relative newcomer to the agency, now that he currently stars in the CBS comedy The Crazy Ones. Regardless, he’s excited for the show’s return, telling ABC News Radio, “They’re going to pack it all into this last season. They have so much writing power on that team. It’s going to be amazing to see how they finish up the show. It’s going to be very exciting.”
Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner is grateful that the drama has been able to give him instant gratification. He says, “The thing I’m going to miss the most about the show, I think, when it’s gone is the luxury of having people read what I write right away, because they’re paid to.”
Weiner, who previously wrote for The Sopranos, wants to continue his TV career after Mad Men ends. He describes television as an “incredible medium. This process of telling this continuing story line with this group, this writer’s room and the machinery of it. It’s a gift.”
The season premiere of Mad Men airs Sunday night at 10 p.m. Eastern time.
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