Who actually wrote that famous Coca-Cola ‘Hilltop’ ad from ‘Mad Men?’

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Jon Hamm has an irresistible idea for a “Mad Men” spinoff.

YORK: Television’s Mad Men swigged their last drinks and made a final, brilliant, advertising pitch on Sunday in a series finale that saw many characters find happiness in unexpected places.

Last night, Mad Men ended its run by implying that protagonist Don Draper had a hand in Coca-Cola’s famed 1971 “I’d Like to Buy the World a Coke” ad, which posited that sharing a sugary beverage with friends was a shortcut to “the real thing”: Of course, the real-life ad didn’t spring from the mind of Don Draper — but as it turns out, it did come from another alliterative McCann Erickson ad man: Bill Backer, the creative director for the firm’s Coca-Cola account.The series finale marked the last ever episode of the advertising agency period drama that has drawn in scores of fans over seven seasons and made stars of its leading cast.Jon Hamm has seemed rather content with the conclusion of “Mad Men” on Sunday, which marks the end of the line for the character that effectively launched his career. After eight years and multiple Emmy awards, the 1960s era show set in the New York advertising world, pulled down the shutters on a turbulent decade with an ending that was one of the best-kept secrets in television drama. But it wouldn’t have to be the end for all of the show’s beloved characters if Hamm had it his way — he’s got a pretty solid idea for a spinoff.

While the TV series that examined the sexism, racism and alcoholism of the Sixties was notable for its dark tone, Sunday’s 75-minute finale turned unusually optimistic. Ferguson), Joan (Christina Hendricks) remain strong and single, and Pete (Vincent Kartheiser) back with his estranged wife and living a happy new life in Kansas. At the Television Academy’s “Farewell to ‘Mad Men’” event on Sunday, the now-former Don Draper claimed it would be “less fulfilling” to watch the ensemble move on into the 1970s and beyond, with one exception: Sally Draper. “I think a big part of what I really appreciate about this show is that, when people are crying when they watched [Sunday’s] episode, is that the story is complete,” Hamm said. “So I think the idea of a spinoff, or a prequel, or an origin story, or whatever longer time to spend with these characters, I think it would be less fulfilling somehow.” “With that said, it would be Sally,” the star added. “We would want to watch Sally grow up.

But by the show’s finale, Peggy Olson, played by actress Elisabeth Moss, emerged as the show’s true co-star, and we leave her just as she is starting to “lean in” to her blossoming love life and ascendant career. I’m working on a recap to post soon, but in the meantime: note that I’ll be chatting live, right here at noon today, about all things “Mad Men.” Join me!

It was a much sadder ending for Betty (January Jones), who was coming to terms with dying from lung cancer and leaving behind her three children, while Don (Jon Hamm) went through something of an epiphany at a spiritual retreat and was last seen practising yoga before hitting on the idea for one of Coca Cola’s most successful adverts. But the biggest surprise lay in the fate of star Don Draper (Jon Hamm), the deeply troubled but genius ad man whose search for identity and contentment was the driving force of the series. Now that he’s hung up his Don Draper suit in the wardrobe for the last time, Jon is free to play some very different roles – and the variety he’s gone for certainly suggests he is loving the freedom of not being tied to the hard-nosed ad boss. Moira Macdonald is the movie critic at The Seattle Times, where she also regularly weighs in on her other favorite things: ballet, books, “Mad Men,” and shoes. He can be seen in US sitcom Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, about a woman who breaks free of a doomsday cult, and is also signed up to star in the satirical summer camp reboot Wet Hot American Summer.

The show leaves the ending open to interpretation, but Don has either conquered the diverse new world through mediation and advertising, or let it blissfully pass him by as he watches the wheels. Instead, after walking out on his ad agency and hitting rock bottom emotionally, he finally found inner peace and a beatific smile while practicing yoga at a California hippie commune.”Don was finally able to love.

Yeah, I’d watch that show. ‘Sally Through the Decades.’” Hamm also spoke highly of actress Kiernan Shipka, who has played Sally since she was just six years old. “I’ve looked at pictures of Kiernan when she was in season one … and I don’t have children, but I don’t understand how that works,” he said. “They just grow into completely different people. Elisabeth has been building up a strong CV for herself in recent years, with projects such as surreal rom com The One I Love and TV mystery series Top Of The Lake under her belt. Her co-stars for Truth, a film about a news anchor who broadcast a damaging report about how President Bush avoided fighting in the Vietnam war, include Cate Blanchett, Robert Redford and Dennis Quaid. But that’s been part of Don’s journey, is watching this child, who he’s responsible for, grow into this woman, who he’s also responsible for.” And, like Hamm, we would really, really like to watch that woman’s story unfold — either that, or a gander at what’s going on at Holloway Harris by 1980.

Judging by social media reaction after the finale was broadcast in the United States, most fans left happy. #MadMenfinale was among the top five trending topics on Twitter on Sunday night.”Probably the most perfect ending to a series I’ve ever seen,” tweeted Jeff Goins. “That ending managed to be both cynical and sincere. Don is the total ad guy,” said Harold Itzkowitz on Twitter.Not everyone was happy. “So: ending shows is hard,” tweeted Linda Holmes, National Public Radio’s pop culture writer. Before that, there’s a TV movie called Roadies with Imogen Poots, and she could be heading back into TV with a pilot for new comedy Another Period currently being filmed.

The ending came to him about three or four years ago.Known for the unusual secrecy surrounding all its plots, no-one involved in the show had given away how the series ends, although filming finished months ago. The actor who played Mad Men’s Harry Crane will also be appearing in upcoming film My Name Is David, about a workaholic drug addict who finds an abandoned baby on a train and decides to bring it up himself.

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