On the Idiot Box: The Return of "Mad Men," "Men at Work" Plus "Rogue"

By Craig D. Lindsey
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Jon Hamm stars as ultra-cool ad exec Don Draper in "Mad Men."

Mad Men
Sundays, 10pm, AMC
Captive audience: Sopranos fans; nostalgia buffs; all those people who hope to see Jon Hamm’s junk through his pants.
Moment of truth: Don Draper is back—and I can’t tell you a damn thing about it. Our favorite tortured ad man, along with the rest of the ladies and gents from Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce Waterhouse Kareem Abdul-Jabbar or whatever the hell it’s called now, returns for another season of dense, stylish drama. Unfortunately, notoriously secretive series creator Matthew Weiner has urged the press to keep mum on the details. I will say mortality is on the minds of a lot of the characters in the two-hour, sixth-season premiere Sunday night. And while some characters will try new things, others still can’t stop fucking up.
Emmy or phlegmmy: Emmy.

Men at Work
Thursdays, 10pm, TBS
Captive audience: Dudes (not men—dudes!); lame-sitcom watchers; people who remember Inside Schwartz.
Moment of truth: TBS, out to prove they have more mediocre sitcoms than CBS, brings back this limp noodle of a show for its second season. That ‘70s Show’s Danny Masterson leads this merry foursome of male buddies who work at a magazine when they’re not pitifully trying to break each other’s balls. Created by actor Breckin Meyer (Road Trip), this multi-camera sitcom suffers from the usual weak spots: canned laughter, subpar acting, bad jokes, etc. You know it’s sad when the guest stars (like Seth Green and former Oz inmate J.K. Simmons) are funnier than anything else on the damn show.
Emmy or phlegmmy: Phlegmmy.

Wednesdays, 9pm, Audience Network
Captive audience: People who have DirecTV; the easily titillated; those idiots who think tits and ass equals daring TV.
Moment of truth: After watching the two-hour pilot for DirecTV’s first original drama, I now take back everything I said about The Americans having the worst pilot I’ve seen this year. Thandie Newton continues to shriek her way through performances, playing the world’s least believable renegade cop. She spirals down a rabbit hole of deception, getting involved with a crime boss (Marton Csonkas) whose crew she once infiltrated in order to find out who killed her son. Even with enough gratuitous sex, nudity, profanity and violence to make Banshee look like Bunheads, this show is just straight-up awful.
Emmy or phlegmmy: Phlegmmy.

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