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By Donald Lambro
Growth spikes are little more than trend-free anomalies
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Don Draper
Recent television shows, movies and plays have explored the backstories of beloved villains, while TV continues to celebrate the anti-hero – are the consequences of our culture embracing these characters, and what do they reflect about our culture?
Today's entertainment centers around complex baddies who have the best intentions.
Don Draper ("Mad Men"), Tony Soprano ("The Sopranos") and Walter White ("Breaking Bad") are indeed difficult men. They are emotionally tormented, brooding and moody. Yet, they wield significant influence. These dark characters, brought to life by equally unhappy men, have ushered in a new era of storytelling.
"Mad Men" is back, the cultural phenomenon with a loyal audience after a 10-month hiatus. It returned with 3.4 million viewers, its second-highest rating and is again getting so much intellectual attention you might think it was "War and Peace."
In the first episode of the first season of "Mad Men," Don Draper's next-in-line affair, Rachel Menken, hears his brutal philosophy: Love is nothing more than an ad man's myth, and everyone is born alone and dies alone.
"Mad Men" star Jon Hamm is going mad over Justin Timberlake's suit and tie — the song and the singer's style.
"Mad Men" star Jon Hamm is going mad over Justin Timberlake's suit and tie _ the song and the singer's style.
AMC says "Mad Men" will return for its new season on April 7.
Uh-oh. The next power suit on Capitol Hill may be a loud sports jacket.
"Mad Men" is making a bid for Emmy history, while a couple of fresh-faced girls are flirting with possible first-time nods at the 64th annual Primetime Emmy nominations.
A good product can sell itself. There's no reason for Uncle Sam to step in and serve as the chief marketing officer for any private corporation. So the House took a welcome step last week when it adopted a measure by Rep. Jeff Landry, Louisiana Republican, that pulls the plug on the Energy Department's authority to spend $20 million on a "national media campaign" against affordable energy.
The fifth season of "Mad Men" ended majestically Sunday night with Don Draper, planted at an elegant bar, approached by a beautiful woman who inquired, "Are you alone?"
May, it turns out, is a manly month, and a funny one at that.
From the moment "Mad Men" debuted, the stylized AMC drama about the men and women who work in Madison Avenue advertising in the 1960s has been a tastemaker favorite.
Does Don Draper do finger food? Judging by the first four seasons of TV's popular "Mad Men" show it doesn't seem likely unless we're talking about a belt of bourbon with a couple of smoking hot Lucky Strikes on the side.
"That's what happens when you help someone," said Don, who since the series began had been Peggy's gruff but devoted mentor. "They succeed and move on."
He says no to things, but if you remember those segments in the first season or two where they show his dad, and his dad was like coming home and just beating the heck out of his wife and his kids.