Mad Men are here! I caught up with the cast and creators of one of TV's smartest dramas at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' "Inside Mad Men" event in North Hollywood to find out who's having a birthday bash, how they're feeling in the wake of those Golden Globe wins and what's in store for season two. It was a blast.

Check out the video below, and then click in for a word from Mad genius Matt Weiner about creative birth pangs and the case of the missing Olson baby...


How has this last year been for you?
Amazing, amazing. You know, I was talking about how I created the show from a sort of dark place, and it's been very hard to get back to [writing] it, because I got everything I ever wanted.

So, season two will be one big trip to Disneyworld!
Yes! They're happy! All the conflicts are like, "Which suit should I wear?" No, it's been an amazing experience. The best part about it is I got to have the experience of doing the show sort of in a vacuum, and then it goes on the air. Artists talk...all the time about "Oh, I do it for the work, I do it for the process." But really, the show was the reward. And then to see people liked it...I mean, I'm an entertainer, it means so much to me to see that people enjoyed it.

Second season—what can you tell me?

Do you have it totally mapped out at this point?
Pretty much mapped out, you know, we're starting to write them. I have it pretty much mapped out. We have a plan that we try not to deviate from. Of course, things come up, and you hire an actor for a tiny part and they're amazing, and you start developing them into it. Certainly Rich Sommer, and Aaron Staton, and Michael Gladis, they were like the Greek chorus, and then once I started working with them I'm like, "These guys, they have to be a big part of the show." So things like that are an amazing experience. All I can tell you is that it will continue. Just from working on The Sopranos, I think the less people know the better. I love for people to come in and say, "I have no idea what's going to happen."

Anything you can tell me about Peggy's baby? That is the number one question fans want to know about.
I don't really know about that. I'm with Peggy on this; I didn't even know she was having a baby. 

You read it in the script!
Yeah. No, it's great. I'm glad that people care, and we will deal with that.

Do you know at this point when the second season might start?
When it will go on the air? No, I don't. I assume it's going to be before the end of the summer. That's what our plan is, but we don't have a date. We don't know those things. Whenever they want to put it on, I'm ready for it. We're just going to start shooting very soon—we've been writing, and it's been great to get back into it. You know, I've had another unique creative experience with this show, which is that it was the first thing that I wrote from scratch that ever got filmed. When you walk into this environment, you see the actors and the costumes and the sets, it's just overwhelming. I had this desire, as scared as I was about going back to work, just to go back and be with those people. So I hope the audience feels the same way—they will be back with those people.

The last thing I have to talk about, which is just so phenomenal that people might not have heard yet, is that this is a script you wrote seven years before it was produced. How incredible, do you just pinch yourself?
I can't believe it. Oh my God, yeah, I'm that guy. I never gave up on it. There were times when I did not know if it was good, but I was like, "I know this could be a good show" and even once I made the pilot— 

David Chase thought so.
Yes, he did. David Chase was very supportive of it. 

That's a pretty sound endorsement.
It was my writing sample, that's what it became. I always wanted it to be a show. It just tells people, don't give up, don't ever give up on anything. Anything that's worthwhile takes this long. The weird thing is, I always say that if I knew it was going to happen in seven years, I would've relaxed. But what people don't imagine is I was pushing for all seven years. I was pushing all the time. 

That's a pretty hard labor!
I know, exactly. It was a very hard labor. With no epidural! It was awful! 

You hear that, ladies? We go through nothing compared to this guy.
The creative process is just like having a baby—except your child never pays you

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