Mad Men writers 'opened their veins and bled into the show'

Canadian writer/producer Semi Chellas, who has penned some of Mad Men's most acclaimed episodes, says Mad Men reflects something we all recognize.
Jon Hamm's journey as Don Draper is about to come to an end. Mad Men writer Semi Chellas is among the few who know what fate awaits him. (Mad Men/AMC)

As AMC's Mad Men approaches its end, Canadian writer/producer Semi Chellas joins Friday guest host Tom Power to discuss the show's impact on the wider culture, and how she went from superfan to staff writer. 

Chellas — who has penned some of the series' most game-changing episodes — also shares her insight into the writing process, the difficulty of keeping the narrative arc a secret, and the deeply emotional experience of watching a show you love, come to an end. 

Cheers to the end of an era. Pictured here: John Slattery as Roger Sterling, Jon Hamm as Don Draper, Vincent Kartheiser as Pete Campbell, Christina Hendricks as Joan Harris and Kevin Rahm as Ted Chaough. ( Justin Mintz/AMC )


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