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Mad Men Explained and You Are Here Previewed with Matthew Weiner

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Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner speaks at length and uncensored about the season 6 finale (Spoiler Alert!), what motivates Don Draper, his time at The Sopranos and thoughts on Breaking Bad. In a far-reaching conversation with host (and sister) Allison Hope-Weiner, he gives his view for the end of the show, the personal stories that wound up on screen, negotiating with AMC, and watching on Netflix vs TV. Plus, he previews his first film, You Are Here, starring Owen Wilson. GUEST BIO: Matthew Weiner is the creator of Mad Men, one of the most adored and awarded shows in recent television history, and has previously written and directed for The Sopranos, earning him six Emmys for Outstanding Drama Series since 2004. He is currently in post-production for the film, You Are Here. Starring Owen Wilson and Zach Galifianakis, Weiner has written and directed the film for premiere at the Toronto Film Festival this year. ADD'L LINKS: Media Mayhem Full Episodes Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-29n8dayHgM&list=PLC937B599FD2B8241 Media Mayhem Short Clips Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jfs17G31dAk&list=PLjk3H0GXhhGcz4un-zws5sMlCLk3NNjDP https://www.facebook.com/MediaMayhem?directed_target_id=0 https://www.facebook.com/thelip.tv EPISODE BREAKDOWN: 00:01 Welcome to Media Mayhem. 00:34 Welcoming Matt Weiner. 01:18 The season six finale (spoiler alert) and Don Draper in 1968. 07:50 Don Draper, adult sexuality and dominance. 12:06 Religion and existentialism in the world of Don Draper. 15:05 The pacing of Mad Men. 19:56 Writing for characters in the modern tv world-David Chase and continuing storylines. 21:31 The fans ideal show. 24:20 Great stories and deconstructing the bible. 25:12 You Are Here and making a film (for the first time). 29:30 Writing movies vs. writing tv. 34:20 Knowing where Mad Men will end and the Sopranos finale. 39:58 The possible Anti-hero? Don Draper vs. Tony Soprano. 44:00 Thoughts on James Gandolfini. 46:10 The JFK assassination and Betty Draper falls out of love. 50:33 Hotels in the show and the 'neutral zone.' 52:20 On the fence with Netflix.
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elle Bea (3 months ago)
I want to enjoy this but I can’t stand the combo of this woman’s voice and the audio quality.
Rick Sander (10 months ago)
"Are You Here" - not You Are Here.
man in chair (1 year ago)
He's so insightful about the human condition. The commentary tracks are worth a listen too.
M (1 year ago)
This man is a genius
lancelot1953 (1 year ago)
Mad Men meant a lot especially for the Baby Boomers that lived that era with all of its glory and ... infamy. It was painful to see the show end - I highly recommend getting these greatly scripted series supported by cable TV networks such as HBO, Showtime, and Netflix avoiding as such the pressure from sponsors and the demands of some of the "lower level" TV networks. Ciao, L
Tom Mak (1 year ago)
lancelot1953 has
Chaos Sophia (3 years ago)
Does anyone know what kind of ring Matt Wiener is wearing on his right finger?
Stella Luna (3 years ago)
It's not a coincidence that The Sopranos and Mad Men are two of my favorite shows. Matt Weiner has the envious ability to create meaningful story lines and characters. He has inspired me to write again.
Luke Dougherty (5 months ago)
Stella Luna Matthew Weiner is brilliant. Mad Men is in my top 3. My list goes: 1. The Sopranos 2. The Wire 3. Mad Men 4. Breaking Bad 5. Game of Thrones
baddoggie101 (3 years ago)
Brickbats to Mr. Wiener for corrupting me. I try very hard to be a nice person and to avoid laughing at off color jokes. I knew I had latched on to a live wire of a show during episode 2, season 1 at 9:50, Sterling delivers the line "maybe Elenore Roosevelt will throw her feedbag into the ring." I tried my very best to not laugh but could not contain it.
Doh! (3 years ago)
+baddoggie101 Don't feel bad, we're all flawed individuals to some extent, and it's only natural to find things funny when we sometimes shouldn't. Besides, any line that Sterling delivers is usually incredibly funny. Even when he did that awful black face thing, I had to laugh!
wuss81 (3 years ago)
+baddoggie101 AWESOME.  FDR felt the same way.
baddoggie101 (3 years ago)
Elenore Roosevelt was not a very attractive lady. Many jokes were made about her resemblance to a horse. I once made a joke about her in the workplace to that effect, "Now there's a woman you can climb on to and ride!" A female co-worker overheard me, jumped on my case and thoroughly chewed me out. I try very hard to be good but sometimes I slip.
Bhumi Kelly (3 years ago)
+baddoggie101 Sorry to make you have to explain something corrupting, but I never got that joke…. can you explain what he means?
Quyen Tran (4 years ago)
With the unfortunate fact that Lionsgate omitted the commentary on Season 6 bluray, this interview really went from being fantastic to desirable. I just spent my whole Sunday watching the entire (first half) of season 7, and now I'm gonna spend the next hour watching this interview.
Mariani Ribeiro (4 years ago)
36:21 hehe
Moonlight Sonata (4 years ago)
What a great interview! 
DonDraperism (5 years ago)
Hats off to Mr. Wiener for playing the role of Father Gill totally straight. I'm a devout Catholic and I appreciate that he made Father Gill a good priest and didn't defame the Church or distort Catholic theology. 
Fausto Ferrari (4 years ago)
DonDraperism (5 years ago)
This show is an absolute walk through my childhood. I was Bobby's age during this time. My father owned an electrical wholesale company in Los Angeles and the salesman all wore the same thing they do on Mad Men. My father was very much like Don Draper, but not as nice to us kids.. I am now reliving my childhood all over again. This is amazing. I'm a bit surprise that Matt Wiener never brought in the song "Wives and Lovers" by Jack Jones in the earlier seasons. 
+Bhumi Kelly Wow that's absolutely beautiful. I wish I were alive during the 60's.
Bhumi Kelly (3 years ago)
Same here. A walk through my childhood. I was just a wee bit older than Sally Draper would have been. The thing that I identified with the most was covered in this interview, about the Kennedy assassination. It happened on the same day that my parents told us that they were getting a divorce. My 11th birthday was on Nov 24, and I just remember my life as I knew it changing on that weekend and how it coincided with Kennedy's murder. In the show, Betty sort of solidified her resolve to leave Don on that weekend as well…..
southshore516 (5 years ago)
I wish I could sit and talk to Matt, but this is the next best thing! I gotta find his movie, didn't even know about it.
Seth Fleishman (5 years ago)
Holy crap. I've never heard him talk in such detail. Lovin' it.
Notworthyforyou (5 years ago)
Since "The Sopranos" ended "Mad Men" is just about the best show on television. However "True Detective" is giving it serious competition. The most recent episode was last Sunday, February 10.
Dimitri Vincheov (5 years ago)
joos...joos everywhere!  mad men is a great show though
XxMyLameUserNamexX (5 years ago)
Ever since I started watching Madmen, all I ever wanted to do was ask Matt Weimar if Don cheating on his wife had anything to do with her. Correct me if I'm wrong but Don Draper seemed to love Betty and seemed happily married to her, more than he is to Megan.
Amy Galvin (8 months ago)
XxMyLameUserNamexX happy? No. ThTs the premise of the 7 years. Don’s search for happiness, whomever he was married to.
Mayr 98 (8 months ago)
XxMyLameUserNamexX maybe it was about him feeling like he doesn't deserve her. So it's self sabotage
Sheila KH (5 years ago)
Love Mad Men. Have watched and rewatched Mad Men since the end of season 6. Cannot wait for the finale. Have some ideas but this might just be me. Love Weiner, since he must be uber-creative. The cast is fabulous. Love all of this show.
William Pearson (5 years ago)
he says the opposite.
Eliyahu Oren (5 years ago)
great insights and explanations
Sam Contreras (5 years ago)
"Yeah but who cares about what she wants." Is the way that goes.
TheBrabon1 (5 years ago)
im talking about the jewish adman, whose story arc went nowhere
TheBrabon1 (5 years ago)
i wanna know why they did nothing with the one jewish character
Elizabeth Fox (5 years ago)
Great show! Loved Madmen the comedy in it was funny, I enjoyed it. Look forward to more! Conversations like these are cool to listen to. No bashing, ranting, or crazy commercial breaks. To the point, and intriguing. Love it! :)
Zom (5 years ago)
Well I just might be one of those people who don't have the attention span to watch this, so I bought another screen and played a video game on one, and listened to this on the other. Very cool to be interviewed by a sibling I'm sure...the informal aspect to it was very nice, and the way you both seemed so comfortable was very pleasing. Also, I learned something so wooo. Muahahahahah (seriously though I did that) (world of tanks btw if you were wondering)
tsuich00i (5 years ago)
lol brilliant...
tsuich00i (5 years ago)
neither did I!
What a fantastic interview! I have been a Mad Men fan since the first episode aired(it's the best written show ever. I am a screenwriter's daughter. Can't help it, the writing has me totally hooked) This interview gave me great and new insight into the show. I am fascinated by the psychological journey of Mad Men's characters. It's that journey that stays with me long after the season is over. Would love to rewatch the last season(my favorite) this interview has given me more to think about.
tsuich00i (5 years ago)
If you do not even know what the show is, who are you to judge for whom it is for?
Mike Hum (5 years ago)
What a career, he 'bounces' from The Sopranos to Mad Men!
TiMalice2009 (5 years ago)
Nepotism!
irishgrl (2 years ago)
T
fred nurc (5 years ago)
hershey comes around, don comes back, pete kills him

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