Kater Gordon, The 27-Year-Old Emmy-Winning “Mad Men” Writer, Gets Fired
About three weeks ago, 27-year-old “Mad Men” scribe Kater Gordon won an Emmy for the episode “Meditations in an Emergency,” which you know as the one where Betty Draper does the deed with some dude in the women’s powder room of a Manhattan bar. Kater was kind of like Weiner’s personal Peggy Olson. She started off babysitting his kids, but after the two started talking television, he hired her as his personal assistant. During season one of “Mad Men,” she became his writer’s assistant and by the end of season two was given the opportunity to co-write the season finale. For season three, she was promoted to full-fledged staff writer. But, surprise, Nikki Finke of Deadline Hollywood is reporting that Kater has been fired. “We think [Kater’s] done a great job, particularly for someone whose career has progressed so quickly,” a show insider told Finke. “Now, however, Matt has reluctantly decided that their relationship has reached its full potential. There’s absolutely no doubt that Kater will continue to have unprecedented success in her career as she spreads her wings.” [Deadline] The news, of course, has everyone whispering about whether Kater was a Stephanie Birkitt to Weiner’s David Letterman. But prominent writers from the show are stepping forward to say that is in no way the case, and they’re stressing that Weiner simply likes to keep new blood flowing into the writers’ room to stir up new ideas. Also, if he were having an affair with her, why would he fire her? Most of us had never even heard her name until today.
Who knows if this firing was justified or not. But regardless, I do think it’s pretty awesome that “Mad Men” is primarily written by women. Seven of the show’s nine staff writers are female, which is no small thing considering that less than a quarter of television writers are women. So, hopefully, Kater’s replacement will also be one of us. And I think other shows should take note that a room full of female writers can make a character like Don Draper so compelling that dudes would vote him the most influential guy of 2009, even though he’s fictional. [Wall Street Journal]