Mad Men and Veep Make It a VIP Week on SoHo

New seasons of Mad Men and Veep make it a Very Important Programmes week on SoHo.

After a couple of months of filler programming, the premium drama channel has regained its original promise, with must-see fare like season three of Game of Thrones, British thriller Good Cop, an episode of Showrunners (8.00 Tuesday) about Todd and Glenn Kessler, the creators of Damages (which SoHo’s picked up for an HD run), and the return of Mad Men and Veep.

Mad Men’s sixth season opens with a movie-length episode on Sunday at 8.30 and Veep’s season-two premiere is on Thursday at 9.00.

Predictably, US critics swooned over Mad Men’s return a week ago. Said one of the show’s biggest fans, Hollywood Reporter TV critic Tim Goodman: “[Creator Matthew] Weiner has not lost his touch at writing a beautifully crafted script–jammed with the sadness and humour and personal revelations we’ve all come to appreciate.”

Echoed Variety’s Brian Lowry: “Without giving anything away, the guest cast is unusually strong, offering the prospect of fertile subplots going forward, while some of the regulars don’t figure prominently at first — again, pretty par for the course.”

“All are reintroduced in a premiere episode that lumbers along, overpopulated, burdened by the weight of its ambitions, flattened by misbegotten detours — but one, nevertheless, that surges to life in the end,” said the Wall Street Journal.

Entertainment Weekly carped that “like Betty’s frumpy frocks, Mad Men‘s supersize episodes aren’t flattering. Weiner should stick with tighter, denser storytelling packages.” But critic Jeff Jensen still concluded it was “the best drama on television”.

Some of the best coverage of the Big Apple ad drama has come from, aptly enough, New York magazine, ranging from its guide to “five themes and symbols to watch for” on this season to its round-up of 18 anachronisms spotted in the premiere.

The season premiere drew 3.4 million viewers in the US, which THR reported was “just shy” of its record 3.5 million viewers for last year’s season premiere.

“Though its ratings are still dwarfed by network neighbour and cable champ The Walking DeadMad Men has shown steady growth since first premiering in 2007.”

White House satire Veep, which resumes on HBO this weekend, also has got the thumbs-up from critics.

Veep remains one of the most rapid-fire and linguistically playful shows on TV— neologisms created in just the first episodes include ‘exhuastipated,’ ‘procrasturbate’ and ‘gestictionary,'” observed Salon.

“But in the new season, the physical comedy is just as strong.”

Newsday thought it “the single most improved series on television” and People magazine praised its “more realistic sense of political gamesmanship”.

But Variety argued the premiere yielded only “modest improvement” and TV Guide dubbed it “a bracingly unsavoury series but also one that’s ultimately sour and predictable.”

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