'Mad Men' final season: 'Chinatown' writer Robert Towne joins staff

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robert-towne-mad-men-gi.jpgThe final season of "Mad Men" is adding an Oscar winner to its writing staff.

"Chinatown" screenwriter Robert Towne has joined the AMC series as a consulting producer on its seventh and final season, Variety reports. The series has also hired Patricia Resnick ("Nine to Five") as a consulting producer. "Saturday Night Live" and "United States of Tara" veteran David Iserson will be a co-producer.

Additionally, Carly Wray has made the jump from writers' assistant to staff writer for the final season.

Towne wrote a handful of TV scripts very early in his career, including episodes of "The Outer Limits" and "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." His last TV work, however, was nearly 50 years ago. In addition to his Oscar win for "Chinatown," he was nominated for Academy Awards for his screenplays for "The Last Detail," "Shampoo" and "Greystoke."

Season 7 of "Mad Men" will be split into two parts, with seven episodes airing next spring and the final seven in 2015.
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