AMC has released a trailer for Season 5 of "Mad Men," which returns on March 25. My first thought: HATE THE MUSIC.
New episodes of "Mad Men" won't return until early 2012, so if you've never watched AMC's critically acclaimed drama -- or if you just want to relive the glory -- here's a great opportunity to watch all four seasons and be ready when Season 5 finally arrives.
AMC will begin repeating all of the "Mad Men" episodes on July 31 at 6 a.m., starting with the Season 1 pilot. Each Sunday morning, they will air 3 consecutive episodes.
6 a.m. is too early for us, especially on a Sunday, so we recommend you clear out the DVR (you should have caught up on all your "Breaking Bad" marathon eps by then) and enjoy the episodes at a reasonable hour -- and with a glass of scotch, the way Don Draper intended.
I've not been paying close attention to chef Rocco DiSpirito, so despite the fact that he's been a reality show regular, I'm not sick of him.
That's important when you're watching "Rocco's Dinner Party" (Bravo, 11 tonight; moves to 10 next week) because, just like in the title, Rocco is front and center.
Surrounding him is a show that's kind of like a mini-"Top Chef"; 3 chefs compete to cook a dinner for Rocco and his friends. One is eliminated quickly after a Quick Fire-like challenge. The other two go head to head, preparing a meal for a themed party. (The first theme is speakeasy.) The winner gets $20,000.
Black in Latin America: Haiti & the Dominican Republic, An Island Divided (8pm, UNC-TV) - Henry Louis Gates Jr. explores Latin America's African roots in visits to six countries, beginning with Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution (8pm, ABC) - Jamie dresses as a tomato and distributes free healthy lunches outside a Los Angeles public school, hoping to garner parental support and gain access to the schools.
Raising Hope (9pm, Fox) - Maw Maw (Cloris Leachman) meets a potential boyfriend (Jerry Van Dyke) at Shelley's daycare center.
Body of Proof (10pm, ABC) - Christina Hendricks (left) of 'Mad Men' plays identical twins in tonight's episode. You can write your own punchline to that if you like. Hendricks plays the identical twin of a beautiful corpse who piques the interest of Ethan (Geoffrey Arend, also left and Hendricks' husband in real life. I'm serious.).
Parenthood (10pm, NBC) - In the finale to what has been a very strong second season, Sarah worries about Amber following an accident, and Kristina offers guidance to Haddie.
Sinbad: It's Just Family (10pm, WeTV) - Sinbad holds a yard sale to get rid of clutter and make some money.
Fabulous Beekman Boys (10pm, Planet Green) - The second annual Harvest Festival is a challenge when Brent and Josh agree not to argue ahead of the event.
Dresscue Me (10:30pm, Planet Green) - The premiere of new reality series following designer and retailer Shareen Mitchell, who specializes in revitalizing vintage clothing (making people wear hand-me-downs). Tonight, she helps spruce up an army wife who hasn't seen her husband in months. Here's our review.
A very wise man once said, "You people are not watching enough television. It is your job. The shows and the ads."
That wise man is Roger Sterling from AMC's acclaimed drama, "Mad Men."
"Mad Men" fans know that Roger Sterling is the king of the one-liners, the comic relief when the show gets a bit too heavy. Now the creator of "Mad Men" has brilliantly compiled some of Roger's more memorable quotes into a book called "Sterling's Gold" (which was the name Roger gave to the memoir he was writing on the show).
The quote-per-page book is fun to read, and would be a great gift for "Mad Men" fans. I thought it sounded like a cheesy idea at first, but then got totally sucked into the book and laughed out loud at many of Roger's quotes. And you have to admit, there's a twisted wisdom in those wisecracks. (Click below for some excerpts).
Here's the good part: We're giving away our copy of "Sterling's Gold: Wit & Wisdom of an Ad Man" by Roger Sterling.
Apart from having all the seasons on DVD, I can't think of anything a devoted "Mad Men" fan might want more than the new "Mad Men: The Illustrated World" book by the artist and comedian Dyna Moe.
The book, officially licensed by the show, was released last month and contains more than 90 pages of color 1960s-style illustrations that are beautiful, instructional, and hilarious.
Dyna Moe gained fame a couple of years ago when she began illustrating one scene from each episode of "Mad Men" and posting them online for everyone to enjoy. The images, some of which are included in the new book, are gorgeous. Browsing through the pages, I wish I could just step into the frame and test out Bryan Batt's "perfect midcentury modern sofa." Or take a stroll through Bert Cooper's artistically impressive office (in my socks, of course).
"Tomorrowland" is the title of the "Mad Men" season finale, and the episode looks forward. Season 4, Episode 13 left us feeling optimistic, the way people who visited Disneyland's look into the future must have felt -- until the second half of the 1960s rocketed us into a future that wasn't as bright as we thought it would be. It was a most satisfying ending to thise great season because it makes us eager to see what happens next but filled with dread, too.
Don Draper makes one of his signature impulsive moves, trying to improve himself. Peggy Olson gets high on work. Betty Francis acts like a child. And Joan Harris takes care of herself.
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (8pm, ABC) - The man who created the "Move to the Groove" dance program to help combat childhood obesity gets help rebuilding his family home. Derek Hough, Mark Ballas, Tony Dovolani, Chelsie Hightower, and Anna Trebunskaya from "Dancing with the Stars" help out.
Dexter (9pm, Showtime) - Dexter catches a mysterious woman (Julia Stiles, right) who may have witnessed him in the act of killing a serial killer who was also her captor. Deb has a frightening experience with a murder suspect in the Santa Muerte homicides, and Quinn uncovers more striking similarities between Kyle Butler and Dexter Morgan.
Boardwalk Empire (9pm, HBO) - Failing to get an audience with Nucky, who is preoccupied with the upcoming St Patrick's Day festivities, Margaret goes to Van Alden with a tip about secret shipments of beer. Meanwhile, in Chicago, Jimmy takes care of his girl, who was brutally attacked by gangsters in revenge for Capone's attempts to take over their territory. A preview of tonight's episode.
Rubicon (9pm, AMC) - In the season finale, Will finally discovers the missing link between Truxton and Hadas' death, and Katherine learns the real truth behind her husband's suicide. No word yet on whether AMC will pick this up for a second season.
Mad Men (10pm, AMC) - In the Season 4 finale a surprising opportunity rears its head for both Don and Peggy, leaving them with life-altering decisions to make. Michael Auisello over at EW (for now) is worried that a major character will attempt suicide tonight. Ack!
Luther (10pm, BBC America) - A new series starring Idris Elba (Stringer Bell from "The Wire") as a detective who investigates a seemingly perfect double murder while also trying to win back his wife, who has already moved on. Adrienne has a review.
Bored to Death (10:30pm, HBO) - A professor (F. Murray Abraham) in a financial bind asks Jonathan to retrieve an item of great value. George panics when his new employers demand that he take a drug test, and Ray's comic book succeeds beyond his expectations.
You have to see this. It's the haunting "Mad Men" theme music ("A Beautiful Mine" by hip hop/electronica artist RJD2), performed by a big band in a live, one-shot mash-up with Nat King Cole's "Nature Boy." And that's NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams' daughter Allison Williams on vocals. Go here for a full list of credits.
Losing Lucky Strike has left Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce weak and gasping for air in Season 4, Episode 12. But, as research king Geoff Atherton says, the agency still has Don. Don proves himself again as he makes a bold move to change the agency's fortunes. Whether it works will be subject of the season finale.
Early in the episode when the agency appears to be crashing down and Don doesn't know what to do, Peggy reminds him that he always said that if you don't like what people are saying about you, change the conversation. Don, the self-made man, can't just let fate have her way with him. He has to do something.