LOS ANGELES - The ashtrays at Sterling-Cooper are full.To read the full thing, click here. I have an episode one review ready to go for 11 o'clock, so check back then to talk about the premiere.
This should come as no surprise to anyone who watched the first season of AMC's "Mad Men," in which the executives who work at this fictional early '60s ad agency drink, eat, have sex and, especially, smoke to excess. But it's still startling, in 2008, to witness the mountain of half-smoked cigarette butts in one of the many ashtrays that ring the set in the show's studio.
It even troubles the "Mad Men" production team, albeit for different reasons.
"Sometimes they kind of bug me because they're messy," says the show's set decorator, Amy Wells. "We have these long discussions about how many cigarettes they would really allow to be left, and they go, 'Well, if you're smoking so many packs a day, and if you have this many people smoking...' and I go, 'Yeah, but they would clean out the ashtray!'"
That kind of argument isn't uncommon on the "Mad Men" set, where the production team sweats every detail in order to create the world of Sterling-Cooper and its people.
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Today's column looks at season two of "Mad Men" through the eyes of the production team responsible for the look of Don, Betty, Peggy, Joan and company: