"Louie" is still TV's best comedy. The final season of "30 Rock" is filled with everything we love about the show. "Homeland" has some magnificent acting, and who are we to argue with all those Emmy wins? But none of them made our list of the five best shows of 2012. Neither did very good shows like "Girls," "Modern Family," "Veep" or "Justified."
The cast of "Mad Men" reunited in Los Angeles Tuesday night for the season six premiere of the hit AMC show. But the actors who play the often-stuffy sixties characters on TV, are nothing like their on-screen personas in real life.
AMC Networks (AMCX), the company formerly known as Rainbow Media that was split off from Cablevision in 2011, has been the epitome of a successful public market spin-off. Huge hits led by Breaking Bad and Mad Men have the company, which owns four national channels (Sundance Channel, IFC, and WE tv, in addition to the flagship AMC), on a roll with both viewers and investors. As you can see from the chart below, the stock has doubled in the two years since the shares made their stock market debut as an independent company.
That "Mad Men" is the best thing on TV right now might be self-evident to the millions of crazed fans who will don fedoras and sweater sets and swig Scotch and gin at their viewing parties Sunday night, but it was anything but obvious to the numerous TV executives who passed on the project in the years before it found a home at AMC.
Creator Matthew Weiner's vision might have lingered in limbo forever had it not been for Christina Wayne, AMC's former head of original programming, who saw the potential in it that the others had missed.