AMC's "MM," of course, stormed the 2008 Emmys with 16 nominations and six wins (we can expect another flood of attention for the show when the 61st Primetime Emmy nominations are announced tomorrow), and for once it was possible to get excited about not only the marquee honors, such as outstanding drama series (which "MM" won, in a first for a basic-cable series) but the nitty-gritty technical awards, including outstanding cinematography for a one-hour series ("MM" snagged that too), outstanding hairstyling for a single-camera series (ditto), and outstanding costumes for a series (which "MM" inexplicably lost).
If you want to relive (or catch up on) all that artistry, "Mad Men" season two is out on Blu-ray this week (it's also available on DVD. Really, I can't think of any other show on TV right now that's as worthy of high-def as "MM." To celebrate the release, I'm randomly giving away two copies of "Mad Men" season two on Blu-ray (see details below).
By the way, season three is somehow almost here (it premieres Sunday, Aug. 16, at 10 p.m. EST/9 p.m. CST on AMC, and will be presented with, ironically, limited commercial breaks). In addition to the DVD and Blu-ray releases, season two will also be available on demand (check your cable listings to see if you have access to AMC On Demand) starting on Monday, July 20 (season one is already available).
THE FINE PRINT: To enter the random drawing for one of two copies of "Mad Men" season two on Blu-ray in this informal Media Guy's Pop Pick giveaway, send me an e-mail with "Mad Men" in the subject line on or before Aug. 14. You must have a valid U.S. mailing address and be 18 or older.
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Simon Dumenco is the "Media Guy" media columnist for Advertising Age. You can follow him on Twitter @simondumenco.