Well it has been a while since my last post, but here I am.
This week, Mad Men returns with it’s seventh and final season. However, it will be broken up with seven eps in 2014, and the final seven in 2015. The first episode will open in the year 1969. America in 1969 was quite a turning point for the country, and the world. Richard Nixon became the 37th President (of the US), The Boeing 747 made its maiden flight, the Stonewall riots in New York marked the start of the modern gay rights movement, Neil Armstrong took his historic first steps on the Moon, The Brady Bunch premiered on US TV, and members of a cult led by Charles Manson murdered actress Sharon Tate, and her friends, and later Leno and Rosemary LaBianca. This event in itself ended the ‘summer of ’69’, and the innocence of the US, and Hollywood was lost forever. So with so many things that happened, Mad Men surely will be more eventful than previous seasons with its backdrop.
I do remember toward the end of season six, Don was in Los Angeles, and went to a Hollywood Party. There was a pretty blonde woman he met, and later talked to, where he thought looked familiar. In the same scenes, he thought he saw his wife, Megan – who was pregnant in his vision. I did wonder at the time, if the creator of the show, Mathew Weiner, was teasing us with the concept of a ‘Sharon Tate’ style storyline for the upcoming seventh season. Megan is an actress, and if they decide to stay in Los Angeles, well they could get caught up in the Manson style drama. In one episode, Megan was seen wearing a t-shirt identical to one worn by actress Tate in an iconic 1967 Esquire photo shoot. Mad Men costume designer Janie Bryant later confirmed on Twitter that the choice was intentional.
So with Mad Men about to start this Sunday, I’ll sure be watching.
Speaking of the Tate/LaBianca murders, there really are many strange and weird coincidences surrounding the event. Firstly, Roman Polanski (who married Sharon Tate) directed Rosemary’s Baby (1968). In the film, Mia Farrow plays a pregnant woman who fears that her husband may have made a pact with their eccentric neighbors, believing he may have promised them the child to be used as a human sacrifice in their occult rituals in exchange for success in his acting career.
In the summer in 1969, Roman Polanski was in England with Sharon. She had to go back to the US by boat, as she was nearly eight months pregnant. He had a weird thought that it would be the last time he would see her. He ignored the thought, said his goodbyes, and was looking forward to seeing her again around the 11th of August, when he would return to Los Angeles.
On the 9th of August 1969, Sharon was with some friends (Jay Sebring, Abigail Folger and Wojciech Frykowski) for a small get together. It was hot and humid. Charles Manson’s followers drove to Cielo Drive that late night, and decided to cause murder and carnage with Manson’s approval.
On the night of the 10th, the LaBianca family arrived home from a boating trip. Before that, they dropped off their daughter at 4616 Greenwood Place, which was used as the front façade and establishing shots of the TV series Melrose Place.
Once home at 3301 Waverly Drive, Leno and Rosemary LaBianca was home invaded by Charles Manson himself. He tied them up and left. His followers caused more murder and carnage.
With the death of Rosemary LaBianca, the death of Sharon Tate and her baby, the director Roman Polanski, and the movie Rosemary’s Baby – it all seems quite strange when you think about it. Rosemary’s Baby is centred on a pregnant woman married to a prominent Hollywood figure who is besieged by a cult of delusional worshippers.
Also years earlier, Abigail Folger, who was murdered on that August night at Cielo Drive, helped a whole lot of hippies on Haight and Ashbury streets in San Francisco with drug issues and sexual health problems. Some of the hippies were perhaps part of Charles Manson’s happy followers just before they ventured down to LA.
By the way, NBC will give its Rosemary’s Baby miniseries a Sunday-Thursday schedule during May sweeps. The four-hour adaptation of Ira Levin’s best-selling novel of the same name will run on May 11 and 15, starting at 9 p.m. ET/PT each night. Rosemary’s Baby follows a young married couple (played by Zoe Saldana and Patrick J, Adams) living in a (now) Paris apartment with a haunted past. When the wife, Rosemary, becomes pregnant, she suspects her husband and their neighbours have ulterior motives regarding her child.