'Mad Men' set the bar low, then shattered it

April 5, 2015 11:03 AM

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LOS ANGELES — As many things as they did right with Mad Men, creator Matthew Weiner and star Jon Hamm were not the best handicappers of the AMC drama's prospects before it premiered in 2007.

Weiner says he didn't expect big success and Hamm, who brought brilliant, troubled ad man Don Draper to life, "was even less delusional. From the beginning, he was letting me down easy, saying the pilot would be the end of it but that we had a great time."

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