Credit: Emmys: Cliff Lipson/ CBS; David: Doug Hyun

Some of the cable networks are refusing to bow down to Lord Emmy on Sunday night: Lifetime’s airing a new episode of Drop Dead Diva, HBO’s airing the season 7 premiere of Curb Your Enthusiasm and the series debut of Bored to Death, and get this: AMC’s Mad Men — which leads the Emmy Drama categories with 16 nominations — is also new this week. An AMC spokeswoman told Variety, “It’s not in the best interest of our viewers to interrupt the flow of a series that has such carefully crafted storytelling, so we’ve decided not to do so on this occasion.”

Good point! I actually think this is a great move by AMC — there’s always a Mad Men repeat at 11 (at which point the Emmys should be over) anyway; plus, I’m guessing a significant chunk of MM’s audience uses DVR. What would actually make Sunday night’s overlap ideal is if Jon Hamm, in the middle of accepting an Emmy at 10:01 p.m., lit up a cigarette and gave Emmy-watching Mad Men virgins his best Don Draper pitch. “Flip the channel to AMC. Our show starts in one minute. Believe me, I don’t know why they insist on the 10:02 start time, either. It’s kind of obnoxious.”

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Mad Men

Jon Hamm stars as Don Draper in the Emmy-winning ’60s-set drama

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