AMC announced today that it will kick off the sixth season of its hit drama series “Mad Men” with a special episode — a two-hour movie written by series creator Matthew Weiner and directed by Scott Hornbacher, Deadline.com reports. The premiere is set for April 7, starting at 9 p.m.
“Series star Jon Hamm will direct the season’s second episode a week later as it settles into its regular 10 p.m. time slot,” the story reports. “When last we left Hamm’s Don Draper and Co., the firm of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce was still recovering from Lane Pryce’s suicide, Peggy Olson had joined a rival agency, Roger Sterling was all tripped out and Don himself was sitting on the sidelines of wife Megan’s first big break — and contemplating a proposition by two pretty young things (or was he?).”
In an interview with The New York Times, Weiner was careful not to reveal much of what’s ahead for the story line, saying: “It will advance in time, as it does. … I can’t say how much or how little. We’re coming off a period in Don’s life where he’s trying to normalize, and trying to have this relationship — a real relationship with this woman that he fell in love with. She expressed her desires and that was a surprise for him. On this show, it’s a very rich, full orchestra, and we like to follow what is the next stage in these people’s lives.”
The two-hour premiere, said Weiner, “has some cliffhanger elements to it, it does propel you into the rest of the season — it does foreshadow a lot what the season is about.”