Update: Matt Zoller Seitz of Indiewire’s Press Play blog noted that the this concept had a predecessor in their own “The Ultimate ‘Next on Mad Men‘ Preview Clip“. We’ve added it after the jump, so you can compare for yourselves.
There has to be some sort of running gag over at AMC HQ regarding the ridiculousness of their Mad Men promos. Nothing happens! Every week, we find out that if we stay tuned next Sunday, we can watch Don pick up a phone, Betty furrow her eyebrows, and Roger say “Well, that was something!” Pete is shown changing TV stations as some sort of meta-commentary on what we wish we were doing, instead of watching Mad Men commercials.
Whatever the answer, if you’ve never seen one of these advertisements, The Observer made a ultimate compilation mix. Feel free to play on a loop as a substitute for actually watching the show.
Boom. There you go. Or if you need something longer, here’s a great video that encapsulates all the things left unsaid on the show.
We still assert that conceptually, these are two very different takes on the same joke: While Press Play focused on the best preview possible, we went to the gutter in order to create the worst (and most realistic) version of the vague and information-less commercials.