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Peggy Olson and Drake Are a Match Made in Heaven in This Mashup

"Started From the Bottom" is the perfect Mad Men soundtrack

It’s been two months since the Mad Men series finale, and if you miss the gang from Sterling Cooper & Partners, this new mashup has you covered.

YouTube user Alex Pompliano posted a video of clips featuring Peggy Olson over Drake’s “Started From the Bottom” that shows the evolution of the character from wide-eyed secretary to indoors-sunglasses-wearing copywriter. The clever editing has everything from dance clips to rhythmic smoke puffs, plus the two scenes of SC&P partners giving Peggy cash in very different ways that show just how she really did start from the bottom and arrive, um, here.

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Mad Men‘s Creator Spent ‘a Couple of Years’ Approving That Coke Finale

Jon Hamm as Don Draper in AMC's Mad Men.
AMC Jon Hamm as Don Draper in AMC's Mad Men.

For "a couple of years"

Don Draper bought the world a Coke in the series finale of Mad Men, but it was easier said than done. During an interview with Jimmy Kimmel on Tuesday night, star Jon Hamm revealed that while Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner had conceived of the finale’s last moments a couple of years prior, the tricky part was getting permission from Coke to actually make it a reality.

“There was a couple of years process of clearing that with Coca-Cola,” Hamm told Kimmel. After Kimmel joked that if Coke had said no, the show would have been “screwed,” Hamm agreed, and teased an alternate denouement. “Yeah. ‘No thanks.’ You’re like, All right, we’ll call it Coca… Cona,” he joked.

Mad Men ended in May with a scene that linked Don Draper to the famous “I’d Like to Buy The World a Coke” commercial from 1971.

“We’ve had limited awareness around the brand’s role in the series’ final episodes, and what a rich story they decided to tell,” a spokesperson for Coke told PEOPLE in the aftermath of the Mad Men finale. According to the rep, “no money exchanged hands” between the soft-drink company and AMC to facilitate the ad’s inclusion.

This article originally appeared on EW.com

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Elisabeth Moss Reveals What She Was Really Doing During Peggy and Don’s Final Call

While Don cried, Peggy shushed cats

When Jon Hamm was performing Don Draper’s emotional final call with Peggy Olson on Mad Men‘s series final, Elisabeth Moss was trying to deal with her cats.

On Late Night with Seth Meyers, Moss explained that it was typically mandated that both actors in phone call scenes be present, even when only one side of the call is being shot. But because Jon Hamm was in Big Sur, Moss was actually on the phone with him. So while Hamm was performing Don’s breakdown, she was in bed. “I was in my pajamas with coffee and like my cats on the phone with Jon playing Don,” she said. “He’s like crying and I’m like trying to get the cats to be quiet.”

It was “odd,” according to Moss, but also “really moving and wonderful.”

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Pope Francis Has Missed Out on So Much Good Television Since 1990

Cast members from HBO's "Sex and the City," from left, Cynthia Nixon, Kristin Davis, Kim Cattrall and Sarah Jessica Parker.
Craig Blankenhorn—HBO/AP Cynthia Nixon, Kristin Davis, Kim Cattrall and Sarah Jessica Parker in "Sex and the City."

From Survivor to Mad Men, the religious leader has had better things to do

In a recent interview, Pope Francis said he has not watched television since July 15, 1990, when he swore to the Virgin Mary that he’d cut the habit. It’s clearly worked out well for the Pontiff, who’s become one of the most important figures in the world—but what has he been missing out on in his television-free years?

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

The 1990-1991 television season, the first to commence after a young Jorge Maria Bergoglio swore off the tube, saw the debut of Will Smith’s breakout role, as well as hits including Beverly Hills 90210, Dinosaurs, and Law & Order. That’s how long the Pope has been refusing to watch TV: The entire Law & Order universe has escaped his notice. (With 456 episodes of the flagship series alone, it’s no wonder he’s so much more productive than the rest of us.)

Frasier

The leader of the Catholic Church stopped watching TV before NBC’s “Must-See” Thursday lineup entered its 1990s renaissance. The appeals of the sometimes-raunchy Friends and the openly amoral Seinfeld gang might have been lost on him, but Frasier, assaying as it did an aesthete’s search for contentment and meaning in the universe, might have provided some light entertainment. We’ll never know!

Sex and the City

This Sarah Jessica Parker series, along with The Sopranos, established HBO as the 800-pound-gorilla of cable TV in the early part of the 21st century, and pushed the boundaries of what was acceptable to show on TV. (Not that the Pope would know!) But both HBO series, too, came in for criticism from Catholics in America; the mob drama for its depiction of Italian-Americans and the louche comedy for several plotlines, including one joking about the baptism of Miranda’s child. Perhaps it’s for the best the Pope missed out on the pay-cable boom!

Survivor

The reality series, about a group of Americans marooned in the wilderness for 39 days (one fewer than Jesus in the Biblical story of the temptation of Christ) has earned more than its share of faithful viewers over its 15 years on the air, but the show’s pan-theistic tone would seem to be a turnoff for viewers in the priesthood. Contestants, for instance, flout the First Commandment when they compete to win immunity “idols”—to say nothing of their hunger for a cash prize.

Mad Men

Don’t ask Pope Francis whether or not he thinks Don collaborated with Peggy on the Coke ad! But other aspects of the recently-concluded AMC drama, and of Peggy’s story arc, might resonate more poignantly with any Catholic. Through the conflicted copywriter, the show examined the evolving role of the church in the lives of the faithful in the years following Vatican II. And there’s, perhaps, an argument to be made that streaming it on Netflix isn’t quite the same as watching TV, which brings us to…

Grace and Frankie

Series star Jane Fonda, like the Pope an icon born in the mid-1930s, is an avowed fan of the Pontiff. That may not be enough to lure the Pope back to watching TV, but the series’ chilled-out, live-and-let-live attitude has a little in common with Francis’s famous humanism. And just as no one expects the 78-year-old Pope to watch TV again, 77-year-old Fonda’s star turn was something of a surprise—a testament to just how central to the culture television has become in the past 25 years.

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This Is How Mad Men Changed the Way We Dress

Lee Garner Jr. (Darren Pettie) and Pete Campbell (Vincent Kartheiser) - Mad Men - Season 3,  Episode 9 - Photo Credit: Carin Baer/AMC
Carin Baer / AMC Lee Garner Jr. (Darren Pettie) and Pete Campbell (Vincent Kartheiser) in Mad Men

Suit sales have surged since 1998

While Mad Men may be over, its effect on menswear will no doubt live on in the U.S. and abroad. The show has long been charged with inspiring a fashion trend for men and women harkening back to the show’s 1960s setting. In a recent article, The Guardian said the Mad Men effect is very real. In fact, when the show began eight years ago, menswear was already seeing a surge in sales. Between 1998 and 2014, for example, suit sales doubles in the U.S.

Quartz, too, reported on the fashion effect inspired by the show. Tailored articles of men’s clothing sells for $4.8 billion each year, Quartz said, citing data from NPD Group. In fact, some of the biggest fashion brands, such as J. Crew, used the show as inspiration for new lines. Per the article:

Mad Men‘s brilliant costume design helped fuel that demand. It bred obsession among menswear publications, such as GQ, and created a crowd of guys wanting to emulate Draper’s dapper look. And then J.Crew stepped in to satisfy it, in the form of its slim-cut Ludlow suit.

The Guardian, meanwhile, characterized the men’s fashion that appears on the show as follows:

  • Michael Ginsberg embodied the style plate, or extroverted fashion sense
  • Don Draper was the traditionalist, or the person who sticks with what he already enjoys
  • Pete Campbell served as the old soul, or the man who dresses in older fashions
  • Roger Sterling was the rake, or the person inspired by fun menswear
  • Stan Rizzo dressed as the rebel, or the casual dresser

For the full list and explanations from the newspaper, see here.

Interestingly, Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner explained the premise behind the 1971 Coca-Cola ad that played in the show’s final minutes in a recent interview.

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Allow Christina Hendricks and Elmo to Teach You About Technology

Find the Mad Men allusions!

In Mad Men‘s first episode Joan tells Peggy, “now, try not to be overwhelmed by all this technology” while unveiling a typewriter. Even though Mad Men is now over, Christina Hendricks is still doling out technological wisdom alongside Elmo for Sesame Street.

Maybe Mad Men is just on the brain, but the show’s DNA is all over the clip. “If I need to record myself playing the ukelele, this is the tool of choice: the tablet,” Hendricks says. Doesn’t she doesn’t mean the accordion?

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The Mad Men Finale Wasn’t a Paid Ad for Coke

"No money exchanged hands"

If you haven’t been hiding under a rock for the past day or so, you know that the AMC series Mad Men ended with the iconic “I’d like to buy the world a Coke” ad Sunday night. And it turns out Coke neither paid nor received any money for the inclusion in the show.

A Coke spokesman told People that “no money exchanged hands” as part of the show. While Coke did know that its brand would play into the finale, officials say they were not aware exactly how the show would end.

Read more at People.

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Jon Hamm Just Predicted Don Draper’s Future After the Mad Men Finale

Film Independent At LACMA Special Screening Of "Mad Men"
Amanda Edwards—WireImage Actor Jon Hamm on May 17, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

The actor offers some clarity on the ambiguous series finale ending.

After AMC’s hit show Mad Men took its final bow on Sunday, fans took to the Internet to debate the meaning of its ambiguous ending (caution: spoilers ahead).

The final scene shows ad man Don Draper smiling blissfully at a spiritual retreat in California before cutting to the iconic Coca-Cola “Hilltop” ad from 1971. Some commenters have argued that the ad signals Draper’s escape from the clutches of Madison Avenue—and his role as a “Mad Man”—just as the ad world has begun using countercultural emblems to help sell its wares. Others have taken a more cynical view: that Draper will mine the experience to create the iconic commercial.

Turns out that actor Jon Hamm, who played Draper during the series’ seven-season run, falls into the latter camp.

“The next day, he wakes up in this beautiful place, and has this serene moment of understanding, and realizes who he is. And who he is, is an advertising man,” Hamm told the New York Times. “And so, this thing comes to him. There’s a way to see it in a completely cynical way, and say, ‘Wow, that’s awful.’ But I think that for Don, it represents some kind of understanding and comfort in this incredibly unquiet, uncomfortable life that he has led.”

Whether you think that’s cynical or not, it certainly suggests that Hamm and show creator Matt Weiner took to heart the Coke ad‘s multilayered message:

“I’d like to teach the world to sing, in perfect harmony! I’d like to buy the world a Coke and keep it company.”

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Jon Hamm Thinks There’s a Correct Interpretation of the End of Mad Men

Jon Hamm as Don Draper - Season 7, Episode 14
Courtesy of AMC Jon Hamm as Don Draper - Season 7, Episode 14

The actor says it's all about a moment of self-realization. (Spoilers ahead)

Mad Men fans have made much of the show’s final moments on Sunday night, with many agreeing that Don Draper had a moment of meditative clarity that led to the iconic Coca-Cola jingle “I’d Like to Buy the World a Coke.”

Jon Hamm weighed in on his character Monday in an interview with the New York Times, and it sounds like he agrees with that interpretation. Asked whether there’s a correct way to view the scene, he said “I think there probably is. But I think, like most stories that we go back to, that it’s a little bit ambiguous.”

In his interpretation, Hamm says Don wakes up the day after his emotional group therapy session and “has this serene moment of understanding, and realizes who he is. And who he is, is an advertising man. And so, this thing comes to him.”

Nevertheless, Hamm doesn’t necessarily see that as a cynical conclusion, but as a moment of self-acceptance. He also pointed out, contrary to some of the episode’s critics, that the happy endings for certain characters shouldn’t be interpreted as sappy: “No one is suggesting that Stan and Peggy live happily ever after,” he said, “or that Joan’s business is a rousing success, or that Roger and Marie come back from Paris together … these aren’t the last moments of any of these characters’ lives.”

Read more at the New York Times.

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‘Buy the World a Coke’ Songwriter ‘Amazed’ to Hear it Ended Mad Men

Roger Greenaway says he only found out the morning after the finale

When “I’d Like to Buy the World a Coke” played out the final scene of Mad Men on Sunday night, it took social media by storm—but one of the tune’s songwriters, Roger Greenaway, had no idea it was even being used.

Greenaway, who admits he hasn’t watched Mad Men, tells TIME he woke up to an email about the news this morning, and says he was “amazed” to hear about it. As he recalls, the iconic jingle that first aired in 1971 might have never made it to primetime without a bit of luck.

The songwriter and a partner, Roger Cook, had come up with the melody while on vacation in Portugal, and later played it for McCann-Erickson employees on the Coca-Cola account. As has been widely reported, creative director Bill Backer got held up in Ireland due to bad weather on his way to meeting with the songwriters in London, and was inspired by the sight of fellow travelers chatting over bottles of Coke. That gave birth to the lyrics about buying the world a coke and keeping it company.

The song was at first only meant to be a commercial for radio, Greenaway says, not TV, and when it hit the airwaves in the U.S., he adds it was hardly a smash hit—there was “basically no good or bad response to it.”

Coca-Cola’s website states that Backer “put his creative team to work to come up with a visual concept” for the song, but as Greenaway recalls, it happened more organically.

As he remembers, another McCann employee, Harvey Gabor, came up with the idea of doing an ad that featured young men and women of different nationalities singing together on a hilltop with Coke bottles in their hands. According to Greenaway, Gabor told Backer: “I’m sure this will work, but I need something musically anthemic. Do you have anything in the musical library that would suit such an idea?” Backer suggested listening to the commercials they’d recorded for Coke in the last few years, some by Greenaway and Cook and some by other writers. After listening to for a few days, he picked “I’d Like to Buy the World a Coke.”

This time, when the song played on television, it was a huge success. Within a week, Greenaway says, thousands of people had sent letters to the Coca-Cola headquarters asking where they could find the music.

“Had it not been for Harvey Gabor and his idea with the kids on the hill, it would probably have never seen the light of day,” Greenaway says. “That’s what we in the business call luck.”

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