Due to a delay in putting together another post, here’s a clip I circulated on Twitter (after being tipped off to it by the Warner Archive, which I think may have found it on Mark Evanier’s blog). It’s from 1969 on the ABC show Hollywood Palace, and seems to sum up everything about
a) Why we shouldn’t be too anxious for variety shows to come back and
b) How the Establishment managed to co-opt the hippie free love stuff and turn it into old-school entertainment.
In fact, depending on what year Matt Weiner wants to end the show, this could be a deeply symbolic ending for Mad Men.