- Title: USA: Emmy nominated Mad Men launches its second season
- Date: 25th July 2008
- Summary: LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES (JULY 21, 2008) (REUTERS) JANUARY JONES AND ALLISON BRIE ON RED CARPET AT MAD MEN PREMIERE (SOUNDBITE) (English) MATTHEW WEINER, CREATOR AND PRODUCER OF "MAD MEN", SAYING: "I think that whenever artists are allowed, are indulged creatively, people make money. And that's kind of what's the most satisfying thing about it. And I think it will change everything." RED CARPET AT PREMIERE (SOUNDBITE) (English) JON HAMM, EMMY NOMINEE AND STAR OF "MAD MEN", SAYING: "It was a tiny show, about not cops, and not lawyers and not doctors on a network that had never done television before. So, No. But I think the fact that it did happen, is testament to not only the really unique vision that Matt [Weiner] put forward but also just everybody being on board from the first page and the first day and kind of pulling together." CHRISTINA HENDRICKS TALKING TO MEDIA (SOUNDBITE) (English) CHRISTINA HENDRICKS, ACTRESS ON "MAD MEN", SAYING: "No, I didn't know anyone was going to watch this show - I thought it was too good. I thought, 'Oh this is so smart and so good' and on a network that people don't know has shows. And it's gonna be this little cult hit. This is amazing. I had no idea this was going to be like this tonight. This is a real big deal premiere." CHRISTINA HENDRICKS AND JON HAMM TALKING TO MEDIA (SOUNDBITE) (English) JOHN SLATTERLY, EMMY NOMINEE AND ACTOR ON "MAD MEN", SAYING: "You know it's great. I feel like this show deserves to be recognized. I was a little surprised at 16 nominations, that was mind blowing. And then to be nominated is an honour, especially for a show that I feel so proud to be a part of." COLIN HANKS POSING FOR PHOTOGRAPHS (SOUNDBITE) (English) JON HAMM, EMMY NOMINEE AND STAR OF "MAD MEN", TALKING ABOUT EMMY NOMINATION: "The only way it changes is that there seem to be less hours in the day. That's the only drag of it all. But it's a phenomenal compliment and both to me and to the show. It really feels like great validation for everyone's hard work."
- Embargoed: 9th August 2008 13:00
- Location: Usa
- Country: USA
- Topics: Entertainment
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- Story Text: Stars of AMC's (American Movie Channel) surprise hit came out to celebrate the launch of the second season of "Mad Men."
"Mad Men" -- which rolls out Season 2 on July 27 -- sleekly tells a story of early-1960s ad men in New York along with the cigarettes they chain-smoked, the booze they tossed down during working hours and, not least, the women they objectified with cavalier hubris. It's the kind of period piece that TV was not exactly clamouring to snap up; indeed, it was rejected sight unseen by HBO and languished for nearly seven years until AMC resurrected it.
The actors in the series are excited about all the buzz generated by earning 16 Emmy nominations.
You know it's great. I feel like this show deserves to be recognized,"
said John Slatterly. "I was a little surprised at 16 nominations, that was mind blowing. And then to be nominated is an honour, especially for a show that I feel so proud to be a part of."
One thing they all agree on however, is that it doesn't change anything on set.
The AMC transformation began in 2006 with its first original project, the Western miniseries saga "Broken Trail," starring Robert Duvall and Thomas Haden Church. It hauled in 16 Emmy nominations last year, winning four (including best miniseries and lead actor for Robert Duvall).
AMC followed up with its first original series, "Mad Men" and "Breaking Bad." But what's most remarkable about the series is not the 16 nominations for "Mad Men" (including outstanding drama) and four for "Breaking Bad" (including lead actor for Bryan Cranston) but that the shows are on the air at all.
The second season of "Mad Men" launches on July 27 on AMC.
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