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Pressure is on to end hit TV show Mad Men with a bang

Published on Apr 17, 2014 6:29 PM
Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner (left) and his leading man, Jon Hamm (right), at the show's seventh season premiere in Los Angeles. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

Ever since Mad Men debuted, much has been written about the time period that the show is set in: the 1960s, when sexism was rife, especially in the working world where women were constantly overlooked in favour of men.

On the home front, many of the show's male characters are also depicted showing little regard for their wives or girlfriends, flagrantly cheating on them. But the show's creator Matthew Weiner does not think the characters would have very different motivations had the series been set in the present day.

The 48-year-old, who is also lead writer and showrunner of Mad Men, says: "Even though so much has changed, the basic problems are still there. I don't think they even began in that period.

"Men are constantly torn between being the ideal family person and being the adventurer, and these are the same issues in most men's lives (today) that are in these characters' lives. They're not expressed as dramatically but the desires and conflicts are there."

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