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AMC's Mad Men goes back to work for August return

Here is some good news to brighten a rain-sopped, soggy, gray Monday: AMC's Mad Men went back into production in Hollywood Monday with a starting date of August set for the debut of season three.

A few weeks ago, I called HBO's In Treatment the best drama on TV, and several readers took me to task asking when it was that I shifted my allegiance from Mad Men. The answer: never. As much as I love In TreatmentMad Men is by far TV's best drama. But I didn't think of it as being on TV when it was off the air and out of production.

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Now it's back in production and headed for a summertime return, and I can't wait to lose myself once again in the world of 1960's Madison Avenue.

Mad Men has won six Emmys and is the first basic cable series to win the award for outstanding drama.

And while we're at it, I wonder how many agree with me as to the best drama on TV. Beyond In Treatment and Mad Men, what other contenders are there? I'll put House on ther list thanks to the way the producers have handled the episodes following the suicide of Dr. Kutner.

But what else? Neither CSI nor Grey's Anatomy did it for me? And Lost is too wildly uneven to be considered. Anyone want to the argue the case for another show? And, please, don't bring 24 into the argument -- not after this season and the pathetic Jack-is-going-to-die story line.

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