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Mad Men Season Finale Airs Sunday Night 

Frank Ockenfels/AMC(NEW YORK) -- The sixth-season finale of AMC's popular drama Mad Men airs this Sunday night, and series creator Matthew Weiner promises that the episode will tie up all loose ends.

Throughout the season, Jon Hamm's character, advertising exec Don Draper, has carried on an affair that was recently discovered by his daughter. And there has been much tension at his work, after his agency merged with a competitor to form what is now known as Sterling Cooper & Partners.

Weiner says of the season finale, which he wrote and directed, "I don't believe in cliffhangers. I am burning out the entire story. I have painted myself into a corner. The writers have assured me that we'll be okay and we'll think of something else....I think the finale is very eventful and is the climax of the season."

Weiner is serious when he suggests that he hasn't thought of any ideas for the seventh and final season of the Emmy-winning drama. He says, "I have an image for the very ending of the series, and other than that, I won't start, I'll take six or seven weeks off and try and clear out the cobwebs, and this is going to be a big one. This is the homestretch....I want it to be good."

Mad Men airs Sunday at 10 p.m. Eastern time.

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Elisabeth Moss Praises Scientology

Photo by Todd Williamson/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Elisabeth Moss is known for her role as Peggy Olson, the hard-working, devoutly Catholic copywriter on AMC’s Mad Men – but in real life, the actress is a member of the Church of Scientology.

Peter Travers, the Rolling Stone movie critic and host of ABC’s Popcorn, recently sat down with the 30-year-old actress to discuss the current season of Mad Men. During the interview, he asked her about the benefits Scientology affords her.

Moss told Travers that her faith gives her stability and makes her feel like a better version of herself.

“I think that’s a good way of saying it, because there is so much focus on the, I guess, empowerment and, sort of, respecting yourself, and yourself as an individual,” she said.

The Mad Men star added that she is a big believer in drawing advice from many different sources, not just Scientology.

“My friends may give me great advice or I’ll talk with my mother,” she said.

To watch Moss’ full interview on Popcorn, you can watch the video below.


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Christina Hendricks Dishes on Her Marriage and Her (Adorable!) New Puppy

Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The past few years have been a whirlwind for Christina Hendricks. Not only did she get the role of a lifetime — Joan Harris in AMC’s Mad Men — but as she shot the first season, which aired in 2007, she met her husband of more than three years, actor Geoffrey Arend.

“He was a friend of [co-star] Vincent Kartheiser’s and that’s how we met,” reveals Hendricks, 37, in a new interview with Peter Travers. “He stuck around! I was so happy.”

Since then, the two have lived a blissful, albeit busy, life together in Los Angeles. Hendricks says that she and Arend, 35, who stars on the ABC series Body of Proof, haven’t taken a real break since their honeymoon in 2009, but love cooking and gardening together. Right now, they’re also doting on the newest member of their family, a cockapoo puppy.

“She has the same hair as me!” says Hendricks. “We call her ZuZu. She was named after [the character] in ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ [because] she was a Christmas puppy.”

For more from Christina Hendricks, including what’s in store for Joan, check out the full interview with Peter Travers, below!

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Alexis Bledel Shows Off Engagement Ring

Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Alexis Bledel debuted her engagement ring on the red carpet Wednesday.

At the Los Angeles premiere of her new TV movie, Remembering Sunday, the 31-year-old actress showed off a huge octagonal-shaped diamond on what appeared to be a simple platinum band.

“Vincent picked it out,” the Gilmore Girls star gushed to Us Weekly magazine.

That would be Vincent Kartheiser, 33, who popped the question in March, nearly a year after he and Bledel began dating.

They met on the set of Mad Men, where Bledel guest-starred last season as the mentally unstable mistress of Kartheiser’s character, Pete Campbell.

After demonstrating his skills in ring selection, Kartheiser plans to lend a hand on wedding planning.

“We’re doing it together,” Bledel told Us. “We haven’t started yet though.”

This will be the first marriage for both stars. Kartheiser previously dated actress Rachael Leigh Cook and Bledel dated her Gilmore Girls co-star Milo Ventimiglia for more than three years.

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Tony Awards Broadcast Draws Just Six Million Viewers

Hemera/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- CBS' broadcast of the Tony Awards hit a sour note in the ratings.

The 66th annual Tony Awards, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, was seen by six million viewers on Sunday night, according to That's a record low for a Tonys broadcast.

The Tonys faced stiff competition on cable TV from AMC's Mad Men, whose fifth-season finale attracted 2.7 million viewers, the most-watched finale in the drama's history, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

On HBO, the fifth-season debut of True Blood reportedly drew 5.2 million viewers.  In addition, Bluefin Labs says there were more than 240,000 comments about the show on Facebook and Twitter, making it the most-talked-about premium cable season premiere ever.

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"Mad Men" Blasts Romney’s Dad, Calls Him a ‘Clown’

Michael Yarish/AMC(NEW YORK) -- The hit AMC TV show Mad Men took a not-so-subtle swipe at Romney Sunday night — George Romney, the  father of presidential contender Mitt Romney, that is.

In the 1960s-era  series, the character Henry Francis, who in previous seasons worked as a political aide for New York Gov. Nelson Rockefeller, calls  Gov. George Romney, who led the state of Michigan  from 1963-1969, a clown.

“Well, tell Jim his honor’s not going to Michigan,” Francis says during a work-related phone conversation. “Because Romney’s a clown, and I don’t want him standing next to him.”

The series, which follows life in an advertising agency in the early- to mid-1960s, has delved into politics before, most notably the presidential battle between John F. Kennedy and Richard M. Nixon, in season one. The ad agency was working with the Nixon campaign, cheering and celebrating Nixon’s victory in the pivotal state of Ohio, and then showing a gloomy Don Draper, the main ad man, as he watched Nixon’s concession speech.

“Kennedy? Nouveau riche, a recent immigrant who bought his way into Harvard,” Draper says. “Nixon is from nothing. Abe Lincoln of California, a self-made man. Kennedy, I see a silver spoon. Nixon, I see myself.”

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"Mad Men" Premiere Pulls in Biggest Audience in Series History

Frazer Harrison/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Mad Men fans clearly didn't jump off the bandwagon during the show's extended hiatus.

The two-hour season premiere of Mad Men on Sunday night averaged 3.5 million viewers, the AMC drama's biggest audience to date, according to  Nearly one million additional viewers tuned in to an encore presentation of the episode later that night.

The season premiere was the first new episode of the Emmy-winning series in a year and a half.  It immediately drew buzz for a saucy performance by Don Draper's new wife, Megan, of the early 1960s French song "Zou Bisou Bisou" during his surprise 40th birthday party.

Draper, the generally-unfaithful ad exec, is played by Jon Hamm.

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"Mad Men" Kicks Off New Season Sunday Night

Frazer Harrison/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Mad Men fans have waited a year and a half for the Emmy-winning drama to return to AMC.  The countdown ends this Sunday night, when the show's fifth season begins with a two-hour episode, airing at 9:00 p.m. Eastern time.

When we last saw the employees of the Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce advertising agency, Jon Hamm's womanizing executive Don Draper stunned his colleagues by announcing his engagement to his secretary, Megan.

Series creator Matthew Weiner says the new season will be an exciting one.

He says, "I think there's this incredible new chapter in their life and a lot of twists."

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Charlie Sheen’s ‘Anger Management’ Debuts on FX in June

ABC/RICHARD CARTWRIGHT(PASADENA, Calif.) -- Charlie Sheen will make his television comeback in about five months.

FX announced Sunday that his adaptation of the Adam Sandler-Jack Nicholson comedy “Anger Management” will premiere sometime in June. He’ll fill the Nicholson role of an anger management counselor.

The series will mark Sheen’s return to television following his firing from the CBS sitcom “Two and a Half Men” last year following his erratic behavior. In explaining why FX took a flyer on Sheen, FX President John Landgraf told critics at the winter press tour in Pasadena, Calif., on Sunday, “I believe in redemption.”

Also over the weekend, AMC confirmed the return date of its Emmy-winning drama “Mad Men.” The fifth season of “Mad Men” will begin Sunday, March 25. Jon Hamm, who plays womanizing ad exec Don Draper on the show, recently leaked the release date on a podcast hosted by comedian Doug Benson.

AMC’s “The Killing” will open its second season on Sunday, April 1. The cable network also revealed that the third season of “The Walking Dead” will be its longest yet: 16 episodes. The show’s second season, which resumes February 12, will consist of 13 episodes.

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'Pan Am:' What Critics Are Saying

ABC, Inc.(NEW YORK) -- Pan Am, the new ABC series set in the 1960s whose focus is the lives of stewardesses, played by Christina Ricci, Kelli Garner, Margot Robbie and Karine Vanasse, premiered Sunday night.

Critics drew comparisons to Mad Men and NBC’s The Playboy Club, other series also set in the ’60s. Here’s what they had to say:

The Hollywood Reporter:  “Pan Am seems most intent on making the idea of the ’60s and stewardesses and ‘the jet age’ more glamorous than real. It has neither the exactitude of the times nor the talent of the writers to get at the issues, a la Mad Men, that illuminate the issues of the day. It only has the magazine ad dreams of the times – girls don’t have to be their mothers; they can also be modern women who get weighed at work and dumped at 32 for being too old.” — Tim Goodman, The Hollywood Reporter

The New York Times:  “Mad Men, which returns for a fifth season next year, is unquestionably a far better show, but Pan Am,  like The Playboy Club, which began on NBC this week, may be a more accurate reflection of our own insecurities. Viewers may not see anything particularly fresh about this show’s foursome of stewardesses, however. The Pan Am heroines represent the dawning of the women’s movement, and they are not fully formed characters so much as stick figures borrowed from a Rona Jaffe novel.” – Alessandra Stanley, The New York Times

The New Yorker:  “Pan Am has a bit of style to it, and a note of darkness, and the formula might just work. … The show makes me think of the difference between Truman Capote’s novella Breakfast at Tiffany’s and the movie version: Pan Am feels like a watchable version of something whose core has been removed.” — Nancy Franklin, The New Yorker

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