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Let’s Dethrone The Royals

13 March 2015 9:04 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

There's a scene in the season-three episode of Mad Men "The Arrangements" where Don et al. present an ad for Patio, a diet soda. The ad is meant to mimic the opening of Bye Bye Birdie, where Ann-Margret wears a pert yellow dress and sings right into the camera. The ad is a moment-for-moment dead-on re-creation, and yet at the end of the presentation, the Patio executives look quizzically at the Sterling Cooper–ites and say they hate it. Don's stunned. "I don't think there's any ambiguity here about this being exactly — and I mean exactly — what you asked for." They admit it is, but they call it a "failure" anyway. No one can quite figure out what's wrong with the spot. And then Roger says, "It's not Ann-Margret." This is a long way of saying The Royals is not Ann-Margret.The show is a splashy soap set within a »

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