"Mad Men" creator Matthew Weiner said he was flattered — and a little amused — by the scheduling of two shows set in the 1960s, ABC's "Pan Am" and NBC's "The Playboy Club," in the fall.

Weiner noted, wryly, that the networks suddenly putting on shows with a '60s theme all hated the idea back when he was pitching "Mad Men," which wound up on AMC. Of course, at the time, AMC had virtually no original-series profile; now, Weiner's show is like the oldest child, with the younger ones — "Breaking Bad," "The Walking Dead," "The Killing," and soon the western "Hell on Wheels" — all vying for mom and dad's attention.

Weiner made his remarks at a TV academy screening Wednesday night hosted by AMC. Some other notes about "Men's" coming season, which won't begin until 2012:

- Yes, Weiner said, there will again be a passage of time between the seasons, as has been done in the past, though how much he won't say.

- Weiner does have an idea in his head as to how the series — picked up for three more seasons — is going to end.

- Asked about where Don Draper (Jon Hamm) and his bride-to-be/secretary Megan (Jessica Pare) are going to honeymoon, Weiner coyly said that was "assuming" the two were actually going to get married.

Oh, yeah, I moderated the panel, which included Weiner, Hamm, Pare, Elisabeth Moss, John Slattery, Jared Harris, Robert Morse, Kiernan Shipka (who Weiner called "a prodigy"), Cara Buono and Mark Moses.

No January Jones or Christina Hendricks, who had other commitments. Either that, or even now, the pretty girls still avoid me.

 

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