There were several jaw-dropping plot twists on the most recent season of "Mad Men," but the one that arguably left fans dangling the most was the exit of Peggy Olson (Elisabeth Moss) from Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce.
When the Emmy nominations are announced Thursday, you can be sure of two things: The noms will be dominated by cable fare, and the howls you'll hear from fans will be for non-cable network shows that got passed over.
Is the Colombia prostitution scandal rocking the Secret Service an isolated incident? Or is it evidence of a debauched organizational culture that permeates the entire agency when its agents are out of the country and don't think anyone is watching?
No doubt there is a sizeable audience primed for the latest Nicholas Sparks flick, and chances are quite a chunk of that crowd is looking forward to seeing how former teen idol Zac Efron sizes up now he's graduated from "High School Musical."
Since the debut of "Mad Men," some have called me "The Real Mad Man," with Don Draper (played by Jon Hamm) thought of as my alter ego. But "Mad Men" misrepresents the advertising industry of my time by ignoring the dynamics of the Creative Revolution that changed the world of communications forever.
Let's give praise where praise is due. Invisible Children's Kony 2012 viral video campaign has done what no other advocacy organization has been able to do until now: capture 29 minutes worth of attention from over 50 million people worldwide.
Stereotypes can rumble around in our collective brains for decades, sometimes centuries, before finally being edged out by a more nuanced understanding of reality. It's been that way with our views about race, creed, sexual orientation and gender roles.
In my mind -- and in the law -- there are two kinds of sexual harassment. The first kind is quid pro quo and easy to spot. A really detestable (usually) man gives his (usually) female subordinate employee or student an ultimatum: Put out or lose some opportunity, be it a grade, a job or a promotion.
Fabulous news for this season -- there is a look or piece that will suit everyone, and I mean everyone. Finally hooray, looks from the runway that real people can actually wear. Even better, the key trends seem to be sensitive to the financial climate -- investment pieces have pushed out throwaway fashion and are the underlying theme throughout.
It's that time of the year again -- Emmy season. And with the awards show running on Sunday night, now's the chance to lay out some of the likely statue winners. As any diehard television viewer knows, the awards don't always go to who necessarily deserves them.
The eagerly awaited premiere of the fifth season of "Mad Men" may have been pushed to the start of 2012, but if you are a fan of all things Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce -- and who isn't pining for the return of Joan! -- you don't have to wait until then to get in on the action as an investor.
Every year, like swallows to Capistrano, the great and the good of the marketing world flock to the French Riviera. For 58 years, the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity has been inspiring the people who make the ads you see on TV, the posters at your bus stop and, since 1994, the banners online that beg you to click here.
At about 5:30 on a Friday afternoon a few weeks ago, I was running out the door to get home when I ran into several colleagues sitting in a circle and drinking some Scotch. They invited me to celebrate the end of the week with them, and after hesitating a bit, I joined the little group. Yes, I enjoyed the single malt they gave me, but I enjoyed the conversation much more. These are people I see all the time, but nearly all of our interactions are rushed and task-oriented.
Politics is serious business -- but not all of the time. From the halls of Congress to the campaign trail, there's always something that gets a laugh. Here are some of the things you might have missed:
Hopefully viewers of Mad Men have calmed down from the rollercoaster of Sunday's season finale by now. While the big questions will keep us in suspense for season five, Fortune has your answers on the brands of the last episodes. (Catch up with our highlights of the first three seasons' brands in Mad Men is back, and so is product placement, and the earlier episodes from this season in Mountain Dew and Mad Men: The stories behind the pitches.)
â¢ Jon Hamm had a fashion-forward night while celebrating J.Crew's newsest men's shop on New York's Upper East Side. The dapper Mad Men star sipped cocktails - a Dark & Stormy - and tried on a Racer Jacket and J.Crew's Ludlow suit. He also hung out with everyone, a source says, and was "super approachable" as he worked the crowd.
When "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" premiered on September 19, 1970, it was almost revolutionary: the first television series focused on an independent (read: unmarried) career girl. And Mary's wardrobe was a little bit revolutionary too -- working women across the country were quick to copy her colorful dresses and wide-legged pantsuits. To celebrate the iconic program's fortieth anniversary, InStyle takes a look back at five fashionable TV shows -- and characters -- that have influenced women's at-work style.
He now plays the dapper, suave Don Draper in Mad Men, so it's hard to picture Jon Hamm battling chronic depression, relying on antidepressants and therapy to beat the illness. But that's just what he did.
In September icon talks to the real "Mad Men" and takes an in-depth look at the world of advertising. The program catches up with David Droga, renowned advertising guru and founder of independent advertising agency Droga5, who provides background information on the history of advertising, the so-called golden era of the 1960s and its evolution.
Season four of the AMC show and Emmy favorite Mad Men has started, and change is afoot. Don Draper and his gang now operate out of new digs: Fortune's own Time-Life building on 50th street (someone tell us which floor!).
Wearing a body-hugging dress and heels to our interview at an Irish pub in her adopted hometown of Los Angeles, Christina Hendricks is seriously channeling Joan Holloway, the take-no-prisoners office manager she plays on "Mad Men."