AMC hit Mad Men premiered its 3rd season last night at the Director’s Guild in Hollywood and the scene was full of flash and excitement. Stars from the most Emmy nominated show in AMC history as well as their supporters graced the Red Carpet in grand style. Of course, dashing Jon Hamm aka Don Draper looked every bit the part of old Hollywood, from his tailored suit to his slicked back hair. Ditto for Christine Hendricks and John Slattery, but January Jones opted to go more modern with a navy blue Andrew Gn dress. Decidedly dressed down was comedienne Sarah Silverman, who chose to sport jeans, a sweater, a back pack, and tennis shoes in her typical IDGAS style.
I won’t spoil it for you, but the first episode of the season reveals some twists: Bryan Batt’s character, Salvatore Romano, “exposing” a rather large secret to Don Draper, big changes in staffing at the ad agency, and playboy Draper reconciling with his past and having a sobering moment of clarity at the end of the episode. The ladies get their time as well with Joan Holloway using her wits to outsmart someone who didn’t take her seriously and Peggy Olson dealing with the trauma of her past choices and how the effect her life now.
We then made our way to West Hollywood hot spot, Cecconi’s, where DJ Zen Freeman spun everything from Elvis Presley’s “Jailhouse Rock” to Pink Floyd. Vodka gimlets and Harvey Wallbangers flowed as guests mixed and mingled. 30 Rock star Steve Buscemi spent most of the night chatting away with pal The Devil Wears Prada’s Stanley Tucci. Also, Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul flattered Jack McBrayer, otherwise known as hilarious dimwit NBC page Kenneth Parcell on 30 Rock, when he proclaimed “you are amazing!” Towards the end of the night, John Slattery removed his jacket and enjoyed the music while January Jones kept to her circle of friends on the patio. Jon Hamm never tired of greeting every person that addressed him and made his rounds all night long.
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