For those Modern Philosophers already mourning the end of AMC’s hit series “Mad Men” even before the second part of Season 7 gets around to airing, there might be a reason to put away the black armbands and break out the laugh track instead.
Multiple sources have told me that AMC has given the green light to the production of 10 episodes of a spinoff series, that will be a half hour sitcom.
While the details are still very vague at this point, this Modern Philosopher has been told that the series will focus on Jon Hamm’s Don Draper and a new wife, who will be introduced in the penultimate episode of the series.
Hamm has shown great comedic range in his guest stints on Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show, and Parks and Recreation, as well as in movies like Bridesmaids, so it’s not at all farfetched that he would turn to a sitcom after seven seasons on such a dark, serious, and brooding drama.
“Don and Megan will get divorced when the second half of the series returns,” my source assured me. “That will send Don spiraling again, and allow the show to steam things up as Don plows through women like a farmer desperate to save his land from foreclosure.”
According to another source, Don will meet his soul mate in a most unexpected manner. “It’s definitely going to be what those in the business like to call a meet cute. Don will have no idea at first that he’s met the love of his life. In fact, he actually tries to kill her, but I’ve already said way too much. I just promise you it’s awesome.”
Sounds like the whacky premise is the perfect set up for a sitcom, but will it fit into the show’s current story lines, which fans will want to see tied up by the finale?
“At this point, AMC and the producers know they could air just about anything and “Mad Men’s” rabid fan base will gobble it up and declare it television gold,” one TV critic, who requested anonymity, told this Modern Philosopher. “They could air six hours of Don Draper walking around with his shirt off, drinking like a fish, and talking to Aliens, and millions of people would state it was the greatest six hours of TV ever created.”
Given Don’s taste for younger wives, who have producers cast for this pivotal role that will close out one series and jump start another?
“It’s Helen Hunt!” my source revealed. “The sitcom will focus on their offbeat marriage as they move into an apartment in a trendy part of New York City. The working title is “Mad Men About You”. It’s going to be a hit!”
No one at AMC would return my calls, and representatives for Miss Hunt told me that they had no comment at this time.
The second half of “Mad Men’s” final season will air eventually on AMC. Apparently, the folks at the network are very secretive about some things, but not about others…