Mad Men Creator Confirms Time Jump To Late 1960s
And Matthew Weiner promises he will avoid hippy cliches...
Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner has revealed that the eagerly awaited sixth series of the acclaimed drama will leap forward in time to the late 1960s.
And the show's mastermind also told TV Guide that the full cast will be returning when it hits the small screen in April.
He said: "[Jumping ahead in time] at this point has been such a great story engine for the show. I love writing that first episode as if the audience knows everything that has happened, and watching them piece it in their head. It's an elliptical experience."
And he promised that he would break away from the cliches about the counter-cultural explosion of the period.
"I didn't know the show would go on this long," he said. "And this part of the '60s, I've always been fighting an image of the period that has been created by books and movies.
"It's the baby boomers' childhood. There is a propaganda that goes along with the whole era.
"I don't want the show to be a history lesson. The job of the show is to show how these events affect our characters.
"Intellectually it's been very interesting to see how history really does interact with our daily life. What world events pierce their way into our anxieties."
The new series is reported to start with Don Draper (Jon Hamm) and his wife Megan (Jessica Pare) on holiday in Hawaii.