Andy Greenwald marks the return of Mad Men by declaring that the creative renaissance of mainstream TV is about to end.

The so-called Golden Age of Television began that January night with James Gandolfini stressing over the ducks in his backyard, and it signaled a sea change in popular entertainment. During the roughly 10-year period that followed, the small screen went from being cinema’s idiot brother to the last auteur-driven mass medium.

And then, without fanfare, it was over.

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