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Finally, ‘Mad Men’ set to return

March 20, 2012
By ANDREW POTTER - Staff Writer ( , Times-Republican

After 17 months of waiting, finally one of television's best shows is set to return this Sunday.

AMC's "Mad Men" will be back as the show about the New York advertising company set in the 1960s and all its debauchery starts its fifth season.

They live in a world where pounding glasses of whiskey at 11 a.m. at your office desk on a Monday is commonplace. Where office bickering is as common as a cup of coffee and where the temptation of office romance is around every corner.

It's been a long time since we last caught up with the crew and several Sundays without the show.

A whole Sunday Night Football season schedule went by and I even caught myself resorting to PBS watching on Sunday nights.

By the way it was worth it on that front as "Downton Abbey" is a darn good - and highly additive show - as well. Although a man in his 30s feels a bit weird watching a PBS Masterpiece presentation, it was cool.

But now it's time for "Mad Men" to come back, led by Don Draper, played by Jon Hamm.

When we last left Draper, he just proposed to his secretary after a roller coaster divorce with his wife. There were intermittent women mixed in there and it appears he was sick of that lifestyle and wanted to slow down a bit with this surprise proposal.

There is also the drama that comes from Draper's company, Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce Advertising Agency, trying to one up the competition by landing the biggest companies as clients.

There's a reason the show has won a trailer load of awards over the years and you'll find that out too if you tune in. You'll also find the best "bumper" music in the business. You know the music they play before they come back from a commercial break, which in this case is a portion of the show's theme song. Let's hope that comes back too.

I was late to the show, only becoming a regular viewer last season after friends were flooding my Facebook with how good it was. After I got hooked the season was over. Then I had to wait. And wait. And wait. It's like getting addicted to the McRib then counting the days until it comes back again.

It appears the delay was over a contract dispute between the show's creator, Matt Weiner, and AMC. But all is good now and we can now again have something to look forward to at the end of our weekends. The two-hour premiere kicks the season off at 8 p.m. Sunday.

Happy watching fellow fans, we deserve it.


Reporter Andrew Potter is a Tuesday columnist for the Times-Republican. The views expressed in this column are personal views of the writer and don't necessarily reflect the views of the T-R. Contact Andrew Potter at 641-753-6611 or



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