Sundance is making a TV show that combines Mad Men with Rip Van Winkle

Sundance is making a TV show that combines Mad Men with Rip Van Winkle

For years, Mad Men has done a respectable job avoiding constant, winking references to the ways that its time period is different from modern society. Sure, there will be some womanizing here and there, and people dress funny, but there are other things to drive the plot. But what if there weren’t? That seems to be one of the questions SundanceTV hopes to answer with Crack In The Sky, a new drama from Band Of Brothers writer E. Max Frye. 

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Crack In The Sky will tell the story of a “Don Draper-type who falls asleep in 1962 and wakes up in 2012,” Rip Van Winkle-style. The drama series will be executive produced by Deborah Spera, who has worked as a producer on Army Wives, and Maria Grosso, who used to be a big wheel at Lifetime. 

That’s pretty much all we know about Crack In The Sky at the moment, but it leaves us with a lot of interesting questions. Like, what exactly is a “Don Draper-type”? Is it a guy who wears suits? Is it a guy who works at an ad agency? Will he be named Dan Darper? Also, if he “falls asleep” and wakes up in the future, will he be a bearded old man like Rip Van Winkle, or will he still be young and handsome, Don Draper-style? When he wakes up in 2012, will he spend all of his time trying to understand the Internet and Doritos Locos Tacos, or will he somehow get a job and learn valuable lessons about how much society has changed in the 50 years he was asleep? We have a black president now, Dan Darper, and they’re making another Star Wars movie. Wrap your head around that.

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