The Weekend Playlist: Mad Men, VICE, Vegas' New Night and Melissa McCarthy on SNL
It’s only natural for AMC’s Mad Men to be consumed with thoughts of mortality as it heads further into the turbulent late ’60s in its sixth and reportedly next-to-last season of existence. A year ago, the central set piece in the premiere was a surprise birthday party. This time, it’s a similarly eventful wake. And that’s not the only way in which Sunday’s two-hour opener (9/8c), written by series creator Matthew Weiner, drives the death-comes-to-us-all theme home with such sledgehammer relentlessness and obviousness that for the first time, I began to think maybe it is time for this beautifully crafted series to start thinking about giving up the ghost. There’s no denying the importance of a show that manages to win four well-deserved best-drama Emmys in its first four times at bat — I didn’t hesitate to include Mad Men among the Top 10 in a recent “60 Greatest Dramas of All Time” package in TV Guide Magazine. But does it have to be this self-important?
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