As 'Mad Men' concludes, creator ready to rest on laurels, stay offline

Mon May 18, 2015 2:55pm EDT
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By Mary Milliken

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - For "Mad Men" creator Matthew Weiner, Monday is the day to begin "officially resting on my laurels" and staying off the Internet while he basks in the twilight of the television show that has occupied his life for the last eight years.

"This whole thing has exceeded all of my childhood dreams, honestly," Weiner said at a Sunday night screening of the series finale in Los Angeles, surrounded by cast, crew and fans of the AMC drama about the dark advertising man, Don Draper, against the deep changes of 1960s America.

"I am expecting to wake up feeling a little different," he told Reuters. "I am not going on the Internet, I can tell you that. I made myself a promise."

Those who know the 49-year-old writer and director say that promise will probably last half an hour before he caves to the temptation of seeing the reviews of episode 92, entitled "Person to Person."

"There's no way he won't read them," said Bob Levinson, a co-producer and advertising consultant for the show. "He has to know what they say."

When he does break his promise, Weiner will see lots of ink about what he was trying to say with the seminal Coca-Cola ad "I'd Like To Buy the World a Coke," the final note of the Emmy-winning series.

After a life of cheating, lies and way too much alcohol, Don Draper, played by Jon Hamm, surprisingly finds enlightenment at a retreat in California that looks a lot like the real-life Esalen Institute in Big Sur. Meditating with a group, he chants "Om" before breaking a smile of contentment.

Then comes the Coke ad that made waves in 1971 for its youthful, multi-ethnic invitation to share Coke and peace, in, what the episode suggests, might have been the creation of a rejuvenated Don.   Continued...

Cast member Jon Hamm (L) and show creator Matthew Weiner attend the "Mad Men: Live Read & Series Finale" held in Los Angeles May 17, 2015. REUTERS/Phil McCarten