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'Mad Men' final season premiere review: Don Draper still in a dark place

Jon Hamm as Don Draper on "Mad Men's"

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What it's about: As per custom, "Mad Men" creator Matthew Weiner asked that no plot details of the seventh and final season opener are offered here, so, instead, some broad strokes.

The end of last season fell around Thanksgiving, 1968, and Don (Jon Hamm) was essentially fired from his own agency after suffering a breakdown in a client meeting with Hershey.

However, he had already told...

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ABC News gets 'Happy'. . . but should it?

Diane Sawyer: The ABC evening news anchor, who

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Setting aside for the moment the advisability of having the anchor of one of television's most important news programs — and also the flagship for an entire division — dance to Pharell Williams' "Happy" (especially on a day when the wreckage of Flight 370 may have been found)...this promotion released this morning by "GMA" is actually pretty good. And uplifting. And fun.

 But back to my question... TV has long enlisted news talent in these sorts of things, particularly on the local front, so there's nothing necessarily unusual here. But ask yourself: Would Peter Jennings, Tom Brokaw or Dan Rather dance to "Happy?"

 OK, not to be too surly — I do love Diane Sawyer, after all — but here it is. Again, it's nice. Just bad timing and not the best use of Diane Sawyer's talents. 


ABC News' Elizabeth Vargas talks about her alcoholism

ABC News anchor Elizabeth Vargas at the New

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Elizabeth Vargas spoke in a taped segment with George Stephanopoulos that aired on Friday morning's "Good Morning America."  It's quite good and worth watching, although I'm sure a few viewers gulped hard, looked in the mirror and said to themselves afterward..."Um, what about me?"

 Vargas deserves a lot of credit for doing this -- it took guts, and is obviously an embarrassing subject. She gets remarkably confessional and even offers a general solution for those looking to break the habit. 

 What's missing are perhaps a few essential details: Exactly how much and how often. (She says on some occasion "up to four glasses" of wine.) Plus, did she actually become drunk, and what sort of behavioral changes ensued?  

 Also, most people can't afford rehab -- solutions for them? And this: The media is constantly telling viewers about the "health benefits" of wine --  the message, in other words, remains very much mixed. 

  Nevertheless, good for Vargas.


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