We asked for it in our photo flashback on the stars of Mad Men, and it looks like our wish may come true: TVguide.com is reporting that Bryan Batt will return to the hit AMC drama as closeted art director Salvatore Romano before the end of the current season. The Broadway vet joined his former castmates at the 2010 Emmy Awards, where he answered questions about a possible return with an enigmatic smile. Tight-lipped show creator Matthew Weiner said only, “Yes, Sal is alive. There’s hope, but you have to watch the show. You know I’m not going to say anything.” [Broadway.com via ONTD]And from the original TVGuide.com piece:
By now I've learned that getting the super secretive Mad Men cast to confirmSo what do you think, Mad Men fans? Is Sal coming back? Do you want him to come back? What has he been up to? Is he still married to Kitty? Is it Sunday night yet?
"A few months ago I got a call from the god of Mad Men [series creator Matthew Weiner]," Bryan told me. So what did Weiner say? "He told me Sal is not dead." That's all Bryan would say on the subject (which makes it sound as if the much-missed actor has been brought back under the cone of silence).
It's the most encouraging news we've heard since I broke news last year that Bryan had been dropped from the cast for storyline reasons.