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'Mad Men' is lying to you: It's actually shot in Los Angeles

Premiere Of AMC's "Mad Men" Season 5 - Arrivals

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File: Actor Jon Hamm arrives at the Premiere of AMC's "Mad Men" Season 5 at ArcLight Cinemas on March 14, 2012 in Hollywood, California.

"Mad Men" allegedly takes place in 1960s Manhattan, but as Curbed L.A. points out, the show's locations are almost all right here in L.A.

Those locations range from L.A. landmarks like the Millennium Biltmore hotel and the L.A. Athletic Club to homes in Pasadena, San Pedro and elsewhere. They even used a Downey Bob's Big Boy.

Some of the other "Mad Men" secret L.A. locations: Casey's Irish Pub, the Cicada Restaurant, the Music Center, Clifton's Brookdale, the Monrovia Bakery, Koreatown's HMS Bounty, the Quality Cafe, and Broadway's Los Angeles Theatre. The show's sound stages are at the Los Angeles Center Studios.

I apologize for ruining the magic, if Jon Hamm playing the jerky boyfriend in "Bridesmaids" and being the best addition to the pantheon of "Saturday Night Live" hosts in recent years hasn't already done that.

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The Roundup: 'Mad Men' returns on Sunday; Marc Maron gets his TV show

Jon Hamm & Co. bring "Mad Men" back to AMC this Sunday

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Jon Hamm & Co. bring "Mad Men" back to AMC this Sunday in a 2-hour premiere

The huge/massive/undeniably super-hyped premiere of the week is the return of "Mad Men" to AMC this Sunday in a 2-hour episode that airs at 9pm. AMC has been running hilarious, "Walking Dead"-themed "Mad Men" promos and the cast is all over as many different media as possible, including Jon Hamm on Jimmy Fallon tonight. Last week Christina Hendricks was on the JV Club podcast in a very lively and real conversation but I wonder if I have sunk to a new low of cynicism because I had the extremely fleeting thought that Hendricks' leaked cell phone pics were part of an elaborate promo for the show as it happened about 2 weeks before this premiere. Perish the thought, because, you know, Hollywood would never engage in such a thing. Still, it can't be denied that fans are ravenous for the show due to its long hiatus and a good lead off this Sunday could help it hold onto an audience that premium cable will try to chip at over the next few months. The return of such a great show can only be good for TV, regardless of the production and promotional shenanigans it took to make this happen. [Updated: Check out the hourlong interview with "Mad Men" creator Matthew Weiner at the end of this post.]

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