Mad Men season 6 air date confirmed

News Louisa Mellor 23 Jan 2013 - 14:19

Mad Men's sixth season is to kick off with a two-hour premiere in the US on Sunday the 7th of April...

"Are you alone?"

Those were the words Mad Men's season five finale left us with, a not-so innocent question posed in a smoky bar to Don Draper by the latest in the catwalk of beautiful women who pass through his life. In typical Mad Men fashion, the line meant more than it seemed. Is Don Draper alone? Will he always be alone?

We won't have long to wait for his answer, as AMC confirmed this morning that the sixth season of Matthew Weiner's sixties-set drama is to begin on Sunday the 7th of April in the US. Following the series five model, episodes one and two are to be shown as a two-hour season premiere on Sunday the 7th starting at 9pm, with subsequent episodes taking their usual 10pm slot thereafter. If Sky Atlantic follows the season five pattern, UK viewers can expect the series six premiere on Tuesday the 9th of April, though that's yet to be confirmed.

Little is known as yet about the sixth season, which began shooting last October, though we'd expect AMC to begin heavily trailing the flagship series as soon as March comes around.

The last run (don't read on if you're yet to watch it) left us with Betty as dissatisfied as ever, Joan as a divorced single mother, Peggy embarking on a post-SCDP career, and the second Mrs Draper pursuing her acting ambitions. SCDP was thriving, Don was still questioning success, Pete was stifled by the suburban life he'd built for himself, Roger was fresh from divorce court once again, and Lane was... well, Lane was no more.

All in all, it was a tremendous thirteen hours of television, so the news that we've only nine weeks to wait until making the return to Midtown comes as very welcome indeed.

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Season 5 was by far the worst finale they've made, but the rest of the season had some great moments. Very excited for Mad Men and Game of Thrones to be showing concurrently again!

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