‘Mad Men’ Sets Finale Night Television Academy Panel Sessions, ‘Live Read’ Event

Mad Men” is going out with a bang, setting a series of events for the evening of the show’s May 17 finale, including Television Academy panel sessions moderated by Variety‘s Debra Birnbaum.

“The Television Academy Presents a Farewell to Mad Men,” will feature Birnbaum moderating a Q&A with creator Matthew Weiner and star Jon Hamm at the Montalban Theater in Hollywood. That conversation will be followed by a panel with cast members January Jones, Elisabeth Moss, Christina Hendricks, Vincent Kartheiser, John Slattery, Kiernan Shipka and Jessica Pare, as well as key production staffers including costume designer Janie Bryant, production designer Dan Bishop and d.p. Christopher Manley.

The 5 p.m. PT event will stream live at TelevisionAcademy.com.

Following the panels, the “Mad Men” team will head to downtown L.A.’s Ace Hotel to take in a “Live Read” staging by Jason Reitman of an episode of the series, believed to be the season-one finale episode “The Wheel.” There’s no word yet on the guest cast for the table reading. Following the reading, there will be a screening and after-party.

The “Mad Men” series finale, “Person to Person,” airs May 17 at 9 p.m. on AMC.

(Pictured: Jon Hamm and Matthew Weiner)

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