Monday, September 22, 2008

emmys validate Mad Men obsessives

My obsession with Mad Men (damn you, Matt Weiner) was validated last night by the fact that the series made Emmy history, being the first basic-cable show to win best drama award.

Weiner also picked up the award for best drama writing. Only disappointments to me were that Jon "Don Draper" Hamm lost out for best actor and that (creepily true to the show's premise of White Guys Rule) none of the stellar actresses (Hello, January! Howdy, Christina!) received even a nod.

What makes the win interesting to insiders is that the show took home the grand prize despite the fact that Hollywood traditionally sees success through the prism of viewership. Mad Men evangelists may be surprised to know that its 2 million strong fan base pales in comparison to the 21 million glued to American Idol's finale in May. But no doubt last night's wins will help convert more fanatics. Sign of a fanatic? Following Mad Men and Women 24/7 on Twitter. Here's their rolodex:

Don Draper
Betty Draper
Peggy Olson
Joan Holloway
Bobbie Barrett


Ginger Carter Miller said...

Don't forget Polly! She has a character on Twitter, too.

I'm fascinated by the whole thing, and I love the show, too.

Ad Broad, oldest working writer in advertising said...

Ooops, you're so right, Ginger. Here's Polly's address: Polly Draper

JennyYo said...

Thanks Twitter for Ad Broad! Dear Ad Broad, your blog makes me feel like there is a heart in my industry after all. xoxo

Ad Broad, oldest working writer in advertising said...

Aw shucks, jennyyo. Thanks. And speaking of body parts, now Draper's new secretary Jane has a twitter account, too:
Jane Siegel

Anonymous said...

I like the show too. I don't know if that's politically correct or not. The sexism and racism are almost as authentic as the sets. But I am compelled to watch. I think it's my love of advertising itself.

Ad Broad, oldest working writer in advertising said...

I think it's definitely NOT politically correct. Which is what makes the show so interesting to watch, for me. Weiner portrays the way things really were (mostly) Reminding us that while things aren't perfect now (far from it) for many of us, they've improved vastly. Except for white guys, I guess. Seems they did have it pretty much better back then.