Handy, Bruce. “Don and Betty’s Paradise Lost.” Vanity Fair September, 2009. http://www.vanityfair.com/culture/features/2009/09/mad-men200909.
This Vanity Fair article goes behind the scenes in Mad Men. I think that it is really useful because it includes telling anecdotes about Matthew Weiner’s role in every detail of the show. Also, it talks about how Mad Men differs from other shows on television, and the impact of the show on greater society.
Fields, Jackie. “The Mad Men Effect.” People. September 28, 2009.
This brief article talks about the Mad Men effect on fashion. While obviously it is not teh most academic of sources, I think that it is interesting how the show’s look and design has influenced society. I found a couple of articles in this vein which will be useful in proving the unique design of the show and how it impacts society.
Lippert, Barbara. “It’s a Mad, Mad World.” Brandweek, August 17, 2009.
This article is not incredibly useful, but it does discuss the rich design of the show and how that has influenced viewers. It may be useful in describing the show and explaining how people perceive it.
Kukoff, David. Vault Guide to Television Writing Careers. Vault, Inc: New York, 2006.
This book is useful in defining the traditional role of the showrunner. Part of what I hope to argue is about Matthew Weiner’s very detailed role in the series. Defining how the industry views the showrunner will be useful in describing how Weiner deviates.
Creeber, Glen. Serial Television: Big Drama on the Small Screen. British Film Institute Publishing: London, 2004.
This book has a lot of interesting analysis about historical fiction miniseries and the television drama that I think will be useful. It discusses programs more broadly in ways that I will apply to Mad Men.
Stephens, Mitchell. The Rise of the Image, the Fall of the Word. Oxford University Press: New York, 1998.
This book seemed like it would be more helpful than it was. It mostly went on long tangents about the history of images. However, I think there are parts that could be useful. Part of what I want to argue is about Mad Men’s use of design and image, and so I may pull from the analysis of how the image has become more powerful than the word.
Mayer, Vicki, Miranda J. Banks, and John T. Caldwell. Production Studies: Cultural Studies of Media Industries. Routledge: New York, 2009.
This book has a collection of essays about TV production. Most were not that useful. However, there was one by Denise Mann about how the showrunner has also become in charge of creating a brand for the show. I think this could be useful in discussing Matthew Weiner and how the show has developed a very dedicated following.