Meditations in Awesomeness: An Early Guide to Season Three of Mad Men

hamm 1 Meditations in Awesomeness: An Early Guide to Season Three of Mad MenIf you’re tired of watching things like I’m a Celebrity… I Think I Can Dance, don’t worry: Come August 16, it’ll be safe to turn on your television again. On that Sunday, Mad Men returns for season three, ready to make the dog days of summer that much more tolerable. Precious little information is known about what’s in store for the denizens of Sterling Cooper, but since creator Matthew Weiner has gone on record as saying he didn’t want to deal with the Kennedy assassination, it would be wise to expect some sort of time leap (the second season ended during the Cuban Missile Crisis). Also, despite the fact that Betty Draper had a dalliance with Captain Awesome (better known as Ryan McPartlin from Chuck) in the season finale, her unborn child belongs to good ol’ Don. Here are some more bits of news to satiate you until August.

Set Your Alarm Clocks!

In preparation for the third season, AMC will run a marathon of season two on August 10. Starting at the ridiculously early hour of 7 a.m., you’ll be able to watch all 13 episodes in glorious high-definition to help refresh your memory on what happened last summer. (Don goes to Los Angeles! The Brits purchased Sterling Cooper! Peggy gave away her baby!) However, if you can’t wait until then, there are always the season two DVDs, available on July 14. But seriously, in this economy, does anyone have extra money lying around to buy a season of Mad Men on DVD? We didn’t think so.

British Invasion!

With those aforementioned Brits controlling a sizable interest in Sterling Cooper, it should be no surprise that the company’s new chief financial officer hails from across the pond. Actor Jared Harris, last seen getting cut in half on Fringe, has the honors, and here’s hoping he brings his Robert Shaw–ian mix of menace and charm to the role. We’re already salivating at the idea of Mr. Harris getting into a tussle with Jon Hamm.

Do Not Adjust Your Watches!

Because AMC needs to sell more airtime during Mad Men (spoiler alert: period pieces are expensive to produce), it has been agreed that the show will run past 11 p.m. each week, in lieu of actually cutting down content to accommodate the ad volume. Basically, for us viewers, all this means is that we have a couple of more commercials to fast-forward through. You’ve got until August 16 to make sure your remote control skills are up to snuff.