Matthew Weiner’s heartfelt salute: ‘Mad Men’ and Gold Derby ‘came of age’ together (Video)

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“I have to say, I feel like ‘Mad Men‘ is attached to Gold Derby and the members since there were probably like 50 of them,” salutes producer Matthew Weiner at the end of his recent Emmys video webchat with Tom O’Neil and Chris Beachum (watch below). “We came of age at the same time and I’ve appreciated the arguments that have been here and I think it’s been a great place for fans to interact with their shows.”

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Weiner continues, “For me and people who have my job, it’s a pleasure that people take it this seriously, because we do. That’s why I always want to come and say ‘Hi,’ because I’ve never taken it for granted that people would waste their time wondering what was gonna happen.”

“Mad Men,” which won the Best Drama Series trophy four years running beginning in 2008, is poised to set a major Emmy record this year. It’s currently tied with “The West Wing” (2000–2003), “L.A. Law” (1987, 1989–1991) and “Hill Street Blues” (1981–1984), but it could win that coveted fifth statue on September 20. Over on the comedy side, laffers “Modern Family” and “Frasier” have already won five trophies apiece, so isn’t it time for a drama to play catch-up?

However “Mad Men” fares at the Emmys next month, it’ll always hold a place as one of TV’s greats — a show that dared to be different while always staying true to Weiner’s unique vision. Have some scotch on us, “Mad Men.” You deserve it.

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