Today’s cuppa: Barry’s Classic Blend tea (done just right) and office coffee (amazingly, done just right).

Had a great chat yesterday with "Mad Men" creator Matthew Weiner in connection with a syndicated feature story I’m doing for the AMC drama’s second-season premiere on July 27.

He started off the call by passing along greetings from Marti Noxon, whom I met long ago while she was a writer (and later, co-showrunner) for Joss Whedon’s WB/UPN cult classic "Buffy the Vampire Slayer."

"Marti is consulting on the show right now," said Weiner, "and she’s like, ‘Oh, tell her I say hi.’"

Asked what he thinks Noxon will add to "Mad Men," Weiner said, "I don’t know yet. She just started. But she’s great on story, and she’s a legend, so for me to have another voice in the room is very helpful.

"I’m a fan of all of her work. I think she’s an interesting writer, and she has a voice. I like people who have something interesting to say, and I like weirdos, and she’s both of those, right? Am I out of line?"

Hey, all I know is that, in an interview I did with her in 2004 for a premiere feature on the short-lived 2005 FOX series "Point Pleasant," Noxon drew parallels between herself and fellow executive producer Dawn Parouse, saying, "Dawn is my sister in the Queen of Pain-dom. She is one dark mother. We just really clicked. She has a very similar sensibility to mine."

Draw your own conclusions.

And, BTW, "Mad Men" star Jon Hamm did a couple episodes of "Point Pleasant."

Posted by:Kate O'Hare