In contrast to the drama surrounding the return of “Mad Men” creator Matt Weiner to the series, leading man Jon Hamm re-upped with a minimum of fuss. The actor, who plays ad exec Don Draper, was already signed for seasons five and six and reportedly just added an extra year to his contract. That seventh season is said to be earning him $250,000 per episode; pity that there are only 13 installments of “Mad Men” per season rather than the 22 eps of network dramas.
Jon Hamm just won Best Drama Actor at the inaugural Critics’ Choice TV Awards. And our pundits and editors agree that he is a strong contender to finally claim the same prize at the Emmy Awards. Bryan Cranston, who bested Hamm in all three of his previous Emmy bids, is ineligible this year as no new episodes of “Breaking Bad” aired.
Hamm has his strongest “Mad Men” episode submission ever this year with “The Suitcase.” The episode was beautifully written and was akin to a theatrical two-hander between Draper and Peggy Olsen (Elisabeth Moss). It was packed with scenes that will appeal to Emmy voters. The episode ends with Don in tears as he learns of the loss of his dear friend Anna.