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'Mad Men' Season 6 Premiere Date May Not Be That Far Off

by Maressa Brown on January 3, 2013 at 12:28 PM

roger sterling mad menMad Men creator Matthew Weiner really does love to keep everything about his series top secret as long as he can -- even the premiere date! Remember how last year, after a painfully long hiatus, we only had a rough, hazy idea of when the show would air again, and then AMC just sort of sprung promos for season 5 on us what seemed like a couple of months before? So far, the lead-up to season 6 has felt similar with the unofficial buzz being that our favorite swingin' '60s cast will be back on the air "sometime in spring 2013." Well, brace yourselves, fellow fans, because the Mad Men season 6 premiere may actually be here sooner than you think. At least if John Slattery's recent interview with TIME offers us a concrete clue.

When the silver fox who plays Roger Sterling answered a Q about being back to work on the Mad Men set, he spilled a bit more juicy detail about the premiere than the show's secretive creator and network has ...

In the early December interview, Slattery said:

I am, presently [working on Mad Men]. We’re right in the thick of it. Everything is great. We just started about a month ago, right back in the groove again. It’ll be about the same time as last year [for the Season 6 premiere].

Whoohoo! So let's piece this together -- as we would a Mad Men plotline -- shall we? Back in mid-January 2012, AMC announced the March 25 premiere date for season 5. So, if what Slattery is saying is true, we may only have a couple more weeks of nail-biting until we get similar word on season six?! One can hope!

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In the meantime, Slattery also reassured fans that he -- and it sounds like his peers -- are back in the groove, and the magic we've become addicted to is totally still there in season 6 ...

I always end up working the first day [of filming], it seems like, when it sounds like your voice is coming out of your ear and you’re like, “How do I do this? How do I drink and smoke at the same time?” This year, for some reason, I didn’t have that feeling. It was somehow easier. The scripts are great, that I’ve read. He’s still got it. Matt Weiner still has it.

Of course he has to mention that he can only comment on the ones he's read, because Weiner acts super-stealthy about his plotlines, even keeping the actors out of the loop until the last minute! Still, I'd say Slattery's observations are seriously promising news for Mad Men fans. We've got a lot to look forward to come 1967-68.

What are your predictions for Mad Men season 6?


Image via AMC

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  • Samfan97


    January 3, 2013 at 4:44 PM
    First of all, I hope the show is back in March! I can't wait!! I also hope that Don returns to his usual, mysterious ways. Nice guy Don just wasn't very fun. And I am not a huge Megan fan, so hopefully season 6 will have less of her.
  • joeyw...
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    January 5, 2013 at 2:50 PM
    so it is season 6 season in 5 and a half. season 1 and season 2 and season 3 and season 4 all had 13 episodes. Season 5 only had 8 episodes, I hope there are more then 8 episodes this season...

  • Kathryn
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    January 7, 2013 at 11:17 AM
    All seasons of Mad Men (including season 5) had 13 episodes.
  • coppe...


    January 7, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    I think beth and don will get back together

  • coppe...


    January 7, 2013 at 8:42 PM

    Don and Meagan will seperate

  • coppe...


    January 7, 2013 at 8:42 PM

    Roger will stay on and return to his first wife

  • Doree...
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    Doreen Healey

    January 18, 2013 at 1:13 PM
    I think Don and Betty will get back together.And Peggy will have a big part in season six.
  • lee
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    January 20, 2013 at 6:09 PM
    I am tired of waiting for this show. Weiner has no respect for the audience. I have moved on with other shows equally as good and stopped watching Mad Men. It was a good show.
  • Angie
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    January 20, 2013 at 6:56 PM
    To the poster above who said they are "tired of waiting"...EVERY cable show has an 11-13 episode season that runs ONCE a year. The only time we had to wait longer than that for Mad Men was the hiatus between season 4 and 5. The waiting this year is normal. If you watch any other popular cable shows you wait the same amount of time.
  • Emma Cal
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    Emma Cal

    January 22, 2013 at 3:28 PM
    Feel the same as other guest commenter. Tired of waiting for this show. Indulgent of Matt to keep his fans waiting like this, and silly to keep the dates secret. I too have moved on. So many other great options on Showtime and HBO. I will probably DVR the show, but it has lost luster, as proved by the snub at the Golden Globes and other awards.
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