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Wait almost over for ‘Mad Men’

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Jon Hamm and the rest of the stellar cast return for season five of “Mad Men’’ on AMC on March 25.

Globe critic Sarah Rodman chatted with readers about TV on Thursday on Boston.com. Here are excerpts:

Q. Only a month ’til “Mad Men’’ [returns], cannot wait!

A. You and me both! I’m very optimistic about the new season. They’ve had all this time to make it great, right?

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Q. “Justified’’!! It is crazy good this year.

A. Yes. [Actors] Neal [McDonough] and Mykelti [Williamson] are excellent additions. Although I’m not sure how much I care about the baby [story line].

Q. OK, I got sucked into “The River’’! I cannot decide if it is so bad it’s good or not.

A. The bar for that usually is if you laugh in places that you shouldn’t, which makes [the “bad’’ parts] more enjoyable. I find myself rolling my eyes more than laughing.

Q. Any “[American] Idol’’ favorites?

A. I was sad to see Lauren Gray go last night. I like Erika Van Pelt. Although I doubt she’ll make it that far. America does not love earthy altos. And even though we haven’t seen him make it through, David Leathers, because we know he will.

Q. I have not been drawn into “Idol’’ but I can’t seem to turn away from “The Voice.’’ I dig [judge/coaches] Blake Shelton and Adam Levine.

A. Yes, the tide seems to be turning to “The Voice.’’

Q. Have you seen “Awake’’? It looks good.

A. I have. It is interesting. They lay out the complex concept fairly well in the pilot. I just wonder how interested people are going to be in the gimmick vs. the crime of the week.

Q. Can’t wait for the “Psych’’ supersized premiere on Wednesday.

A. Those two [actors Dule Hill and James Roday] have great chemistry and seem like they’re having a lot of fun.

Q. Are you surprised that [“The] Big Bang [Theory]’’ is actually beating “Idol’’ in some age groups?

A. I’m not surprised it’s beating them at this stage in the Hollywood/Vegas rounds [of “Idol’’]. I’ll be interested to see what the match-up is when the live competition/voting starts next week.

Q. Any idea when we will find out if “Fringe’’ will return next season? Or “Terra Nova’’? “Fringe’’ is probably my favorite show right now with “Once Upon a Time’’ a very close second.

A. Ah, a fan of the fantastical, eh? At the Television Critics Association press tour [last month] Fox [entertainment president] Kevin Reilly was noncomittal on both shows. Of the two, “Fringe’’ is more likely to get a pick-up because apparently they’re not unhappy with its numbers. “Terra Nova’’ is prohibitively expensive I’m guessing. Either way, we’ll know for sure by the upfronts in May.

Read the full chat transcript at www.boston.com/viewerdiscretion, and check out this Thursday’s chat at noon on Boston.com.

Sarah Rodman can be reached at srodman@globe.com.
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