The final episodes of “Mad Men” are going to start airing this spring, and there is one thing that we are starting to take away from the recent decision to split the show up into seasons: This is a series that really wants to win an Emmy for its cast members. Due to this structure, it has more opportunities.
To be fair, we do feel like this is a show truly deserving of an honor or two. While the series has won trophies over the years, Jon Hamm and the rest of the cast have been snubbed many times over for trophies. In particular, Hamm’s snub year after year has become the stuff of tabloid headlines.
Per Variety at a recent Q&A session, creator Matthew Weiner made it very clear that he would like to see at one point someone in his cast take home a trophy:
“One of my great frustrations is that they haven’t been recognized more … None of these actors has ever won an Emmy and they are the gold standard.”
Unfortunately, we would not be surprised if the cast did not win one on this coming season, either, and it is mostly the result of there being just so many other great, extremely popular shows out there. It really does not have a whole lot to do with the fact that this cast is excellent; looking back at recent history, it is just very hard to win a ton of awards when you are near the end of your run versus when you are just starting out. The “Breaking Bad” love is more of the exception.