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Mad Men Returns!

After an absence of 17 months Mad Men finally returns to the airwaves on Sunday, March 25 at 9:00 PM on AMC. The highly anticipated two-hour premiere of the series' fifth season picks up in 1966 at the advertising agency of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce, where the political and social upheaval of the 60s is sure to be felt. Catch up while you can with Mad Men seasons 1-4 from the Library's collection. Welcome back Don Draper!

Sixties: Popular Culture

The critical and popular acclaim for AMC's Emmy Award-winning drama Mad Men has piqued the interest of the viewing public in the culture and society of the 1960s. Set primarily at a major advertising agency on New York City's Madison Avenue, the show depicts the changing social mores of 1960s America while telling the story of Don Draper, the agency's creative director, and the people in his orbit.

Emmy Awards

The 62nd annual Emmy Awards will be presented Sunday, August 29. Jimmy Fallon will host the live broadcast which will be shown on NBC at 8:00PM. You can check out some of the nominees by browsing the library's collection:

Stardate: July 5, 2010

Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before.

Here's your chance to log-in on William Shatner because the William Shatner Blogathon takes off on July 5.

The rules are simple: Blog about William Shatner. Doesn't matter what you blog about; anything that bears the golden touch of the Shatman is fair game.

Coming to PBS: Sherlock Holmes & Aurelio Zen Mysteries

MASTERPIECE on PBS and BBC Worldwide Sales and Distribution, Americas have announced a major co-production deal that includes Sherlock, a Sherlock Holmes with a 21st. century spin on it and three Aurelio Zen mysteries based on the series written by Michael Didbin (1947-2007).

Murder Will Out

If you are a fan of Dorothy L. Sayers and/or good British mystery television productions, you've probably watched the Lord Peter Wimsey series based on Ms. Sayer's books featuring English actor Ian Carmichael. The programs were broadcast during the 1970s on the BBC and later on PBS Mystery and are now available on DVD! Mr. Carmichael died this last week at age 89. The Guardian and BBC News both feature obituaries, and Kim Malo shares her memories of Carmichael in the blog Hey, There’s a Dead Guy in the Living Room.

Soupy Sales

The legendary TV personality Soupy Sales passed away this past week at age 83 after a long illness. Anybody who grew up in the Detroit area in the 50s and 60s certainly remembers his zany television program Lunch with Soupy which began airing on WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) in 1953. White Fang and Black Tooth were two of the more memorable characters from that show. And don't forget about the pies! Sales himself once estimated that he took about 9,000 pies to the face during his long career.

Emmy Award Nominations

Nominations for the 2009 Emmy Awards were announced earlier today. The winners will be announced on September 20 during a live broadcast on CBS to be hosted by Neil Patrick Harris.

Hercule Poirot to Return to Television

David Suchet is filming 4 new Poirot mysteries for PBS.  Hercule Poirot is Agatha Christie's famous Belgian detective.  Mr. Suchet has portrayed Poirot for 21 years on public television's Mystery! series in over 60 episodes.

Friday Night Lights

If you're not watching Friday Night Lights you're certainly missing one of the best programs on television. Based on the book and movie of the same name, the show stars Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton, and takes place in the small town of Dillon, Texas where high school football is the center of many people's lives.

Goodbye ER!

Are you already missing ER? The long running medical drama ended its 15 year run last Thursday but it seems like only yesterday that George Clooney, Anthony Edwards, Noah Wyle and Julianna Margulies first appeared on our TV screens. Once the most popular show on the tube, the series went on to win 22 Emmy Awards. Although the show's total viewers have declined in recent years, the final episode scored the biggest ratings for a series finale since Murder She Wrote in 1996.

Detroit's Classic TV

White Fang? Black Tooth? Bill Kennedy's Sunday movie? If any of these bring back fond memories of growing up in Detroit then you should definitely check out the exhibit currently running at the Detroit Historical Museum. Detroit's Classic TV Personalities pays tribute to several of the entertainment and news broadcasting legends that many of us grew up watching. Included in this exhibit are salutes to Soupy Sales, movie host Bill Kennedy, Emery King, Amyre Makupson, John Kelly and Marilyn Turner.