Obsessed with detail, style, accuracy, Matthew Weiner's Mad Men was far more than a nostalgia trip for anyone who lived through the '60s. It was closer to time travel-a way to reexamine the people, events, and culture of the era through the perspective of the 21st century. And that relentless precision is thanks to the many great minds who worked on that show-from writers to directors to producers to makeup and costume designers.
As he preps his new show, The Romanoffs, Weiner has filled his staff with many of the same people who made Mad Men such a hit with fans and critics alike. As The Hollywood Reporter writes:
Among them are executive producer and writer Semi Chellas, co-executive producer Blake McCormick and consulting producers and writers Andre Jacquemetton and Maria Jacquemetton. Kriss Turner Towner (The Bernie Mac Show) and Kathy Ciric (Z: The Beginning of Everything) have also come on board as co-exec producers. Other Mad Men alums working on The Romanoffs include director of photography Chris Manley, production designers Henry Dunn and Christopher Brown, and hair and makeup heads Theraesa Rivers and Lana Horochowski. The casting team includes Emmy winners Carrie Audino and Laura Schiff, as well as Kendra Clark. Famed Mad Men costume designer Janie Bryant is attached and will work alongside Wendy Chuck (Spotlight).
That's a pretty stacked starting lineup-especially considering Weiner himself is set to direct all eight episodes of The Romanoffs. With a different plot, location, and cast in each episode of the new Amazon anthology series, each story involves "people who believe themselves to be descendants of the Romanov family"-the last imperial dynasty to rule Russia.
"The reason that I picked the Romanovs is that in an era where we have social media and so much theoretical connection to each other it really seems like we're further apart than ever," Weiner said in an interview in March. "And I love this idea that these characters believe themselves to be, whether they are or not, descendants of this last autocratic family who are part of one of the great true crime stories of all time. I also love that it's the chance to talk about nature vs. nurture, what they have in common, and what is left of a grand heritage."
The Romanoffs is set to debut on Amazon in 2018.
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