AMC's critically acclaimed Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning drama Mad Men will return for Season 6 on Sunday, April 7 at 9:00 pm ET/PT with a special two-hour premiere written by creator and executive producer Matthew Weiner, and directed by executive producer Scott Hornbacher. Following the premiere, on Sunday, April 14, Mad Men will return to its regular timeslot at 10pm ET/PT with an episode written by Jonathan Igla and Weiner, and directed by Jon Hamm. Here's what Matthew Weiner had to say about the new season.

"To be able to continue exploring the stories of these characters for a sixth season is an amazing opportunity. We love mining this world and look forward to bringing the audience stories that we hope will continue to both surprise and entertain them."

AMC president Charlie Collier also released a statement about Season 6.

"It is a calling card and a point of great pride for AMC to be the network home of Mad Men, led by Matthew Weiner and his brilliant team. We can't wait to share Season 6 with the world and what better way to start than with a special two-hour premiere?"

Lionsgate Television Group president Kevin L. Beggs spoke about raising the bar with Mad Men Season 6.

"The success of Mad Men is built on the exceptional artistry and imagination of Matthew Weiner, the cast, and the entire writing and producing team. They continually strive to raise the bar and we look forward to bringing viewers another great season."

Created by Emmy and Golden Globe winner Weiner and produced by Lionsgate, Mad Men has three Golden Globe Awards for Best Drama and made history in 2011 as the first basic cable series ever to win the Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series in four consecutive years. Mad Men stars Golden Globe winner Jon Hamm, January Jones, Elisabeth Moss, John Slattery, Vincent Kartheiser, Christina Hendricks, Jessica Paré, Aaron Staton, Rich Sommer, Robert Morse, Jay R. Ferguson, Christopher Stanley, Ben Feldman and Kiernan Shipka.

Fans looking to catch up on Mad Men can watch the fifth season on AMC On Demand beginning February 11, with Season 5 episodes rolling out each week up to the Season 6 Premiere. Viewers can also set their DVR every Sunday morning beginning at 6:00am ET/PT to catch up on past Mad Men episodes, including Season 5, which begins airing March 3, leading up to the Season 6 Premiere.

Mad Men is produced by Lionsgate in association with AMC. Joining Weiner are executive producers Scott Hornbacher, André Jacquemetton & Maria Jacquemetton and Janet Leahy; supervising producer Semi Chellas; producers Jon Hamm, Erin Levy and Blake McCormick; consulting producers Lisa Albert and Michael Saltzman; and co-producers Marcy Patterson, Tom Smuts, Josh Weltman and Bob Levinson. Christopher Manley, ASC is director of photography. Emmy Award winner Dan Bishop is production designer and Emmy Award winner Janie Bryant is costume designer. Tom Wilson, Chris Figler and Christopher Gay are editors.