Screen Junkies » Mad Men http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Wed, 26 Nov 2014 19:27:26 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 These ‘Mad Men’ ‘For Your Consideration’ Ads Look Like The Work Of Sterling Cooper Draper Price http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/these-mad-men-for-your-consideration-ads-look-like-the-work-of-sterling-cooper-draper-price/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/these-mad-men-for-your-consideration-ads-look-like-the-work-of-sterling-cooper-draper-price/#comments Fri, 06 Jun 2014 16:04:04 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=262058 If they can sell cans of beans from Heinz, they can sell this show.

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A show like Mad Men never really seems to half-ass anything, with every little detail labored upon. So it should come as little surprise that while most TV studios were sending out those “Burn Notice for your consideration for Best Series!” flyers and ads, Mad Men took a different tact.

They put together a portfolio of self-referential ads to get their point across, and did so all in the vernacular of the shows ad firm. The results are pretty great and very clever. Take a look:

 

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The ‘Mad Men’ Finale Is ‘Set In Stone’ According To Matthew Wiener http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/the-mad-men-finale-is-set-in-stone-according-to-matthew-wiener/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/the-mad-men-finale-is-set-in-stone-according-to-matthew-wiener/#comments Tue, 27 May 2014 17:04:37 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=261818 Lest you think that some level of activity on Twitter will change the course of events for fictional characters living 40 years in the past, think again. With the first...

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Lest you think that some level of activity on Twitter will change the course of events for fictional characters living 40 years in the past, think again. With the first half of Mad Men‘s final season in the bag, showrunner Matt Wiener has been making the rounds, and he’s said that nothing anyone can do will change the course of events for the show in the final eight episodes.

Now, we can read into that innocuous statement all we want and scream, “WHAT IS HE FORESHADOWING? WHAT WOULD WE WANT TO CHANGE? DOES SALLY DIE?”

But we’re not gonna, because it’s pointless and won’t change a thing. Just like voting in a democratic election.

He also assured us that there won’t be any spinoffs or sequels. So if you were looking to Better Call Meredith! to get your fix of the SCDP crew, think again. It’s not going to happen, though we’d all like to know how Meredith spends her down time. Probably staring at a wall quietly.

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Colbert Interviews Weiner, Asks The ‘Mad Men’ Questions We’re All Thinking http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/colbert-interviews-weiner-asks-the-mad-men-questions-were-all-thinking/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/colbert-interviews-weiner-asks-the-mad-men-questions-were-all-thinking/#comments Wed, 21 May 2014 16:22:06 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=261757 Colbert voices all of our criticisms of 'Mad Men'.

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As we wrap up the front half of the final season of Mad Men, it’s time to clear the air, and Colbert does exactly that when he sits down with series creator and showrunner Mathew Weiner. He touches on the following during the brief interview:

  • Why is the season split in the frustrating Breaking Bad fashion?
  • Why is everything so sad in the show?
  • Does Mathew Weiner fear 70′s fashion?

And oh, so much more. So take a look, mourn the loss, then curse the creator (Weiner, not God) for drawing this out far longer than he should have.

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Mad Men Gets Re-Imagined As A Blaxploitation Film http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/mad-men-gets-re-imagined-as-a-blaxploitation-film/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/mad-men-gets-re-imagined-as-a-blaxploitation-film/#comments Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:23:33 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=261060 Fly.

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It would appear, after spending six seasons with the man, that Don Draper doesn’t have a soul. But does he have soul? This trailer thinks he sure does, slick. Now knock back and take a look as Mad Men reimagined as a blaxploitation film.

Then be really, really happy that it’s the way it is, a period whitesploitation piece.

If anyone should be the star of this reimagining, it should be Sally Draper.

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This blaxploitation version of Mad Men is a winner. With characters like Black Peggy, Slim Sterling, “Sugar Hills” Holloway, and Pete “The Soup Man” Campbell it’s an instant classic. If AMC is looking to fill their schedule, they need look no further. Unless they want to come off as racist.

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Don Draper Arrives In First Teaser For ‘Mad Men’s’ Final Season http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/don-draper-arrives-in-first-teaser-for-mad-mens-final-season/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/don-draper-arrives-in-first-teaser-for-mad-mens-final-season/#comments Fri, 07 Mar 2014 17:54:43 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=260024 This gives us so much, yet so little.

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The first teaser for the final season of Mad Men is here and gives us very little. Or maybe it’s a lot. That’s the beauty of Mad Men. It’s got symbolism out the butt.

Here we see Don Draper stepping off a plane and putting a hat on his head in slow motion. Where is he arriving? Did he follow Megan to California? Did he return to his hometown to confront the ghost of Dick Whitman? Does he realize his hat got switched with another guy’s and go back on the plane to try to swap it out because of cooties? The symbolism is there, people. Look closer to find out.

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The ‘Mad Men’ Theme Song Was Offered To Beck http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/the-mad-men-theme-song-was-offered-to-beck/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/the-mad-men-theme-song-was-offered-to-beck/#comments Thu, 20 Feb 2014 17:06:07 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=259532 I wouldn't mind hearing "Devil's Haircut' every time Sally Draper comes onscreen.

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Mad Men‘s opening sequence, of a man falling (SYMBOLISM) from a New York Skyscraper, comes part and parcel with the urgent theme music brought to us by RJD2 and Aceyalone. However, it wasn’t always to be that way. Beck was presented the chance to take a stab at the song, but he passed.

“It’s about ad executives in the ’60s? They’re going to make a show about that? Really? Um, I don’t think so,” he said recently to Stereogum. While it’s not like he is hurting for gigs these days (he’s a headliner at Coachella in April), I’m sure both he and his fans are wondering what he could have done during that time.

Nonetheless, the theme song Mad Men stuck with is pretty damn apropos, so let’s not get all worked up over this, ok? Or do. Because it’s the Internet.

 

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‘Community’ Spoofs Those Non-Sensical ‘Mad Men’ Promos http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/community-spoofs-those-non-sensical-mad-men-promos/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/community-spoofs-those-non-sensical-mad-men-promos/#comments Mon, 30 Dec 2013 22:20:35 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=258525 No spoilers.

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Somebody had better update the Community/Mad Men Venn Diagram, because on the next Mad Men, err, Community, characters will say a variety of words. Sometimes in an order that makes sense.

 

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AMC Breaking The Final Season Of ‘Mad Men’ In Half http://www.screenjunkies.com/general/amc-breaking-the-final-season-of-mad-men-in-half/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/general/amc-breaking-the-final-season-of-mad-men-in-half/#comments Wed, 18 Sep 2013 12:18:26 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=257052 Thanks a lot, 'Low Winter Sun'.

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Having found success with breaking the final season of Breaking Bad into two shorter seasons that air over two years, AMC is once again pulling that dick move with the final season of Mad Men. The cable network announced that since they don’t really have any new hit shows, they’ll air the first seven episodes this spring and the final seven in spring of 2015. Man, Creepy Glenn’s going to be like 30 by the time this sucker wraps up. We only have ourselves to blame for not liking Low Winter Sun.

The silver lining here is that the split has upped the original order of a 13-episode finale to 14 episodes. That gives us at least an additional 42 minutes to argue whether or not Don Draper is actually dead or not.

 

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‘Mad Men’s Sally Draper To Star In The Uber-Creepy ‘Flowers In The Attic’ Adaptation http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/mad-mens-sally-draper-to-star-in-the-uber-creepy-flowers-in-the-attic-adaptation/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/mad-mens-sally-draper-to-star-in-the-uber-creepy-flowers-in-the-attic-adaptation/#comments Thu, 15 Aug 2013 16:51:59 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=256464 The flowers they speak of are actually incest.

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Sally Draper is a character that seems to be able to transcend people’s feelings about Mad Men. She’s a part of the show that everyone can seem to agree on, and that’s largely due to the staggering talents of Kiernan Shipka, who plays her.

Shipka isn’t a star yet by any stretch, so it makes sense that Lifetime has wrangled her to play the eldest child in Flowers in the Attic, a TV movie adaptation of the V.C. Andrews book in which four siblings are abused and locked away in the attic, then start to develop feelings for one another. Fun stuff, but not outside the realm of Shipka’s abilities.

The film will also star Heather Graham as their absentee mom and Ellen Burstyn as their wicked grandmother.

It’s nice to see Lifetime depart from their formulaic date rape movies, but this doesn’t seem like a huge step forward. But…yay Shipka!

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Ken Cosgrove Dances To Daft Punk http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/ken-cosgrove-dances-to-daft-punk/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/ken-cosgrove-dances-to-daft-punk/#comments Fri, 24 May 2013 17:58:04 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=255024 This episode was made for the Internet.

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Would’ve pegged him for more of a Ratatat fan.

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Last Night’s Emmys Pleased Us And Infuriated Us http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/last-nights-emmys-pleased-us-and-infuriated-us/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/last-nights-emmys-pleased-us-and-infuriated-us/#comments Mon, 24 Sep 2012 16:51:16 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=251091 You make it so hard to love you, Emmys.

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Last night’s Emmys managed to give almost everything away to Homeland, as the Showtime national security drama scored wins for Best Drama Series, Best Actor in a Drama Series, Best Actress in a Drama series, and Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series. You can find our breakdown of all the major categories, sans pithy commentary, right here.

While the relatively under-the-radar show certainly deserves accolades, it was a bit of a surprise to see the freshman series bowl over the likes of it take out Breaking Bad, Mad Men, and Game of Thrones in most of the major categories. I say “most,” because Aaron Paul was able to score the Best Supporting trophy.

That’s the good news.

The bad news is that the Emmy board thinks that Jon Cryer is the best comedic TV actor in the world, which totally undoes all the progress we as a civilization have made since the Magna Carta.

They also thought that all four-grown up men in Modern Family were better supporting actors than Nick Offerman, who didn’t even get nominated.

Aside from those two abortions, the list is pretty unobjectionable from where we sit. But still…Jon Cryer?

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John Slattery To Appear On ‘Arrested Development’ In Awesome Display Of Synergy http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/john-slattery-to-appear-on-arrested-development-in-awesome-display-of-synergy/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/john-slattery-to-appear-on-arrested-development-in-awesome-display-of-synergy/#comments Thu, 16 Aug 2012 16:22:45 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=250391 He probably seduced Lucille Bluth back in the 60's.

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For those Arrested Development fans unfamiliar with John Slattery, he’s the second-best thing about Mad Men, behind only Sally Draper’s character. And now he’s going to take those hard-drinking, Japanese-hating, blowjob-receiving sensibilities, and cart them onto the set of Arrested Development for not just one, but several arcs.

Of course, the context is unknown, and, frankly, irrelevant. Roger Sterling is going to be on Arrested Development which is one of the few headlines that can actually make me forget the overarching “Arrested Development is returning” headlines.

Here’s to hoping that he busts free of the Mad Men archetype and does something completely batshit crazy. Like Martin Short‘s character, Uncle Jack, if Martin Short didn’t always manage to act like Uncle Jack.

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5 Recent TV Dramas That Got History Right http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-lists/5-recent-tv-dramas-that-got-history-right/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-lists/5-recent-tv-dramas-that-got-history-right/#comments Mon, 07 Nov 2011 14:00:28 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=235195 Historians now agree that the wireless connection in the town of Deadwood, SD was spotty at best.

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Even before its premiere, AMC‘s new historical drama, AMC’s Hell on Wheels, came under fire, with many calling it a “white-washing” of history. Specifically, the show’s lack of Asian characters and the fact that the main character conveinently freed his slaves before the Civil War has drawn criticism. While the show’s creators have offered reasonable explanations for their decisions, we are reminded of a recurring problem with period pieces: They’re often crafted to meet the sensibilities of contemporary audiences rather than accurately reflect the people, events, and circumstances of the time. So while Hell on Wheels finds itself behind the eightball, let’s look at a few period pieces that got it right, often unapologetically.

Band of Brothers

I realize how silly it appears to create a list of historically accurate television shows, then populate it with so many HBO series. But just because it appears silly doesn’t mean it’s wrong, and the Steven Spielberg/Tom Hanks miniseries Band of Brothers is a great example of the steps both the producers and the network take to ensure accuracy when other parties would simply bring the drama.

To start things off, Band of Brothers is based on a book by noted and lauded historian Steven Ambrose who earlier worked with both Spielberg and Hanks on Saving Private Ryan as a military consultant. Though he was hit with allegations of plagiarism in his 2002 work The Wild Blue, allegations came from improper citing. Ambrose issued an apology and the world kept on spinning.

In the adaptation of Band of Brothers, most of the surviving members of Easy Company were asked for their input on even the most minute details. Photos and firsthand accounts were used in the selection of weapons, costumes, and the mannerisms of the soldiers.

Even the actors met with the men they were playing, when possible, in order to get a feel for the war that the book didn’t provide for any number of reasons. As such, the veterans that offered input all gave the program their blessing and approval, which speaks higher than any critical or academic praise could. That said, the series has not only stood up to scrutiny from academics, but he garnered their praise for its depiction of perhaps the most studied era in human history.

Mad Men

Another shocker, I’m sure. Mad Men has been praised as both a character study and study of its era. While the study of its characters is outside the scope of this discussion, its hard to examine the veracity and accuracy of this program without examining the behavior of the characters (to some extent, at least. This is shaping up to be a more herculean task than I anticipated) in their context.

Beyond the meticulous production and costume design, which has garnered no shortage of accolades and many would claim is the true star of the show, they get the zeitgeist (I hate that word and everything it represents) right. Mad Men’s “plot” seems largely incidental when compared to the program’s study of gender, race, and cultural issues during the timeframe of the show.

Since its inception, critics have heaped praise on the show for managing to create a sexiness and glamour from such an accurate depiction. Is it possible that people were smoking and drinking that much in the early 60’s? Yeah. It’s not so much that Matthew Weiner, the creator and showrunner, picked an era, then contorted it until it became suitably entertaining, but, rather, he picked an era that was entertaining, and, despite the fact that the show begins less than 50 years ago, it seems about as foreign to us as a show about Henry VII or Spartacus.

I mean, THEY’RE SMOKING IN THEIR OFFICES! For today’s audience, that’s about as bizarre as the concept of a gladiator match.

Aside from the superficial details, the constructs of the show (corporate culture, gender issues, and sexual politics) bear only a fleeting resemblance to what they are now, but one must remember that the reason this show exists is because advertising in Manhattan, during this period, was this glamorous, and was this different than the world we know now. Get past the suits and Lucky Strikes, and one will see a more profound snapshot on the American landscape than many knew existed.

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AMC Renews ‘The Walking Dead’ Since They Already Bought All Those Zombie Costumes http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/amc-renews-the-walking-dead-since-they-already-bought-all-those-zombie-costumes/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/amc-renews-the-walking-dead-since-they-already-bought-all-those-zombie-costumes/#comments Tue, 25 Oct 2011 19:02:28 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=233748 Just imagine how well it would do if it had characters we cared about!

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AMC announced today that it has renewed the The Walking Dead for a third season. Considering it’s the most-watched cable drama in history, this only counts as “news” in the strictest sense of the term.

Not only has the show set records domestically, but its international roll out has been equally impressive, hopefully quelling some of this off-season’s concerns about budget cuts going forward. The word is that AMC took some money earmarked for The Walking Dead and purposed it for Mad Men, which is pretty silly, considering Mad Men doesn’t even have awesome zombie characters or gnarly post-apocalyptic sets.

While this announcement ensures the security of the show, nothing has been done to address the continued gripes of fans that the writing and the characters have not improved since the maligned, but successful first season. Perhaps they’ll just say, “To hell with it,” after news of the renewal and spend more money on zombie action, which is what the people want anyway.

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Sally Draper And 6 Other TV Kids I Don’t Want To Smack http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-lists/sally-draper-and-6-other-tv-kids-i-dont-want-to-smack/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-lists/sally-draper-and-6-other-tv-kids-i-dont-want-to-smack/#comments Thu, 20 Oct 2011 23:33:02 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=233193 I would adopt any of these kids, but I would secretly hope for Michael and Sally.

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Kids. Nothing can bring a decent plotline to a screeching halt like an underdeveloped child character.

Compelling child characters are a rare breed in films, but perhaps a little less so in TV. In television, we are constantly checking back in with characters, allowing them to grow and endear us in a way that we cannot with film. Nonetheless, there has proven to be a paucity of children’s characters on TV, even with the torrent of family-friendly shows that have always existed.

Writing for kids is (I’m guessing) hard because no one knows how the hell they think. Rather than figure it out, many programs are content simply parade the adorable little moppets around for oohs and aahs, then get back to the adult talk. Essentially, this wastes at least 10% of the screen time the show is afforded.

But some shows got the extra mile and leverage child characters to add depth, perspective, absurdity, and comedy to shows that have strong casts to begin with. Here are some examples of such characters that are every bit as integral to their shows as their older counterparts.

George Michael – Arrested Development

While George Michael is the oldest entrant on this list (assuming you don’t count Lisa Simpson’s ageless presence), he is played with a gentleness that one would never expect from a teenager. While just as warped as the other characters on this show, he is at his best when he’s wearing that vacant look on his face, as if to say, “Why do I feel like I’m the only kid in America that has to deal with this type of thing?”

Sally – Mad Men

In the hands of a lesser actress, the character of Sally Draper would be a catastrophic disappointment, but Kiernan Shipka adds dimensions to Sally that endear us to her as perhaps the show’s only completely likable character. We’re four seasons in and still digging away at what the hell is going on in that mind of hers. She seems to have a good heart, despite stealing and masturbating in class, but honestly, who of us can say that we didn’t steal stuff and masturbate in class when we were that age?

While the depth and production values of Mad Men are unparalleled, at the end of the day, it’s nice to have someone to root for. And Sally is just that character on the program, even if what we’re rooting for is to see how dark her character can get.

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Last night, Mad Men star Christina Hendricks and her cleavage was spotted at the premiere of her new film, I Don’t Know How She Does It. In honor of this important historical event, we here at Screen Junkies compiled the following 36 bounce-tastic animated Gifs. Why? Why the hell not? All you people want to do is stare at her breasts anyway. So why should I waste my time writing an entire article when this will bring in 10X the traffic? Trust me, we both win this way.

So, without further delay, enjoy the Gifs. And by the way, the gif with Bruce Willis and Patrick Stewart‘s heads is on page 6, so deal with it.

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The question lately is, what the hell is going on over at AMC? Frank Darabont walked from his hit series and Breaking Bad producers were so frustrated that they flirted with the notion of taking the show to another network. When Darabont left The Walking Dead, it was assumed that he wasn’t up for the rigors of a 13 episode order. But, that doesn’t seem very likely given his talent and character. He did allude to some budget problems when he sat down for THR’s Show Runner Roundtable and now the LA Times has thrown out a pretty likely theory.

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AMC senior VP of original programming Joel Stillerman opened the AMC presentation to the Television Critics Association with some important news about their biggest shows. Mad Men, after a hotly contested season renewal negotiations, has added another season to its return order.

“We are announcing the return of season 5 and 6,” Stillerman said. “Matt and his incredible team are in the writer’s room breaking stories. Production starts Monday, August 8.”

As an added bonus, Jon Hamm will lend his handsomeness behind the scenes as well as in front of the camera as Don Draper. “Jon Hamm will be making his directorial debut for the season premiere of episode 5,” Stillerman added.

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After the departure of Frank Darabont from The Walking Dead, Stillerman was happy to praise new showrunner Glen Mazzara and the remaining crew, and even props to Darabont. “A very heartfelt thank you to Frank Darabont. He’s a visionary writer and director. He wrote a brilliant pilot and directed a brilliant pilot. His fingerprints are all over the adaptation.”

Stillerman still wouldn’t say why Darabont left though. “I don’t have much to add to the circumstances of it. I really mean what I say when I say Frank’s contribution to the series was invaluable and he’s a brilliant writer/director. We have full confidence in the team moving forward.”

For The Killing fans, season two promises to resolve the mystery of the first season. “I think the major takeaway for us after the finale of The Killing starts with the headline that for everybody who was frustrated, we hear you. If we had to do anything differently, we would certainly have taken a different approach to managing expectations within that season. I can tell you it was never intentionally meant to mislead anyone. Our goal was to create a brilliant piece of character-based storytelling. Veena Sud has an incredible vision for that show. Her writer’s room for season two opens next month and we’re incredibly excited about what’s coming down the pike. You will find out who killed Rosie Larson in season two definitively.”

More on AMC’s new series Hell on Wheels with the cast and creators soon.

 

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Joshua Jackson and Melissa McCarthy woke at the ass-crack of dawn to announce the 63rd Primetime Emmy nominees. Mildred Pierce leads with 21 nominations, while Mad Men will face off against Dexter, Friday Night Lights, and Game Of Thrones in the Best Drama category while Jon Hamm goes against Steve Buscemi, Hugh Laurie and Timothy Olyphant.

And Louis C.K. got nominated!! Which is awesome. I expected a snub. Usually when Jon Hamm plays a middle-aged man sad about where his life ended up, Emmy rushes to him with a tissue, but Louis C.K.’s raw and unflinching worldview normally gets pepper-sprayed. This is great news for television comedy even though Community got snubbed again.

Here’s a list of nominees who will knife fight one another at the Ivy for television’s biggest honor.

Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
63rd Primetime Emmy Award Nominations

BEST DRAMA SERIES
Boardwalk Empire
Dexter
Friday Night Lights
Game of Thrones
Good Wife
Mad Men

BEST COMEDY SERIES
Big Bang Theory
Glee
Modern Family
The Office
30 Rock
Parks and Recreation

BEST DRAMA ACTOR
Timothy Olyphant Justified
Steve Buscemi Boardwalk Empire
Kyle Chandler, Friday Night Lights
Michael C. Hall, Dexter
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Hugh Laurie, House

BEST DRAMA ACTRESS
Connie Britton, Friday Night Lights
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Kathy Bates, Harry’s Law
Mariska Hargitay, SVU
Mirelle Enos, The Killing
Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men

Best Comedy Actress
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Laura Linney, The Big C
Melissa McCarthy, Mike & Molly
Martha Plimpton, Raising Hope
Amy Poehler, Parks & Recreation

Best Comedy Actor
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Matt Leblanc, Episodes
Jim Parsons The Big Bang Theory
Steve Carell, The Office
Johnny Galecki, The Big Bang Theory
Louie C.K., Louie

Outstanding Supporting Actor, Comedy
Chris Colfer, Glee
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family
Ed O’Neill, Modern Family
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men

Outstanding Supporting Actor, Drama
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Josh Charles, The Good Wife
Alan Cumming, The Good Wife
Walton Goggins, Justified
John Slattery, Mad Men
Andre Braugher Men of a Certain Age

Outstanding Supporting Actress, Comedy
Jane Lynch, Glee
Betty White, Hot in Cleveland
Julie Bowen, Modern Family
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family
Kristen Wiig Saturday Night Live
Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock

Outstanding Supporting Actress, Drama
Archie Panjabi, The Good Wife
Kelly Macdonald, Boardwalk Empire
Christine Baranski, The Good Wife
Margo Martindale, Justified
Michelle Forbes, The Killing
Christina Hendricks, Mad Men

Outstanding Miniseries of Movie
Cinema Verite
Downton Abbey
The Kennedys
Mildred Pierce
The Pillars of the Earth
Too Big to Fail

BEST VARIETY SERIES
The Colbert Report
Conan
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
Real Time with Bill Maher
Saturday Night Live

Outstanding Reality Program
Antiques Roadshow
Undercover Boss

Outstanding Reality- Competition
The Amazing Race
American Idol
So You Think You Can Dance
Top Chef

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Lovers of fantastic television can all breathe a sigh of relief, as Jon Hamm has signed on to star in”Mad Men” for at least three more seasons. That would put the show up to 7 seasons, which seems like a good time to call it quits. Don’t throw your rotten vegetables at me just yet. Of course I’d prefer the show to have a “Gunsmoke“-esque run, but not at the expense of quality.

Matthew Weiner also recently signed a three year contract worth 30 million dollars. My business manager is telling me that comes out to 10 million smackaroos a year. We always tally up my earnings in smackaroos. It could be why the IRS is so adamant about auditing me.

The fifth season of “Mad Men” premieres sometime in 2012. (Deadline)

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We’re finally paying homage to your favorite buxom redhead Christina Hendricks. She makes Roger’s heart flutter on “Mad Men” in pencil skirts that seem to be holding on for dear life at the seams. One disconcerting fact though. The curtains don’t match the rug. Christina was born a blonde. We’ve been duped!

A word from Christina: “My boobs are real, and I’m proud to say that.”

And I’m proud to hear that. Along with the rest of the male population.

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Jon Hamm To (Handsomely) Direct ‘Mad Men’ Season 5 Premiere http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/jon-hamm-to-handsomely-direct-mad-men-season-5-premiere/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/jon-hamm-to-handsomely-direct-mad-men-season-5-premiere/#comments Thu, 26 May 2011 23:17:22 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=213814 I knew that dark, steely gaze would serve a purpose.

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The good news is, Jon Hamm has plenty of time to figure out how to become a director before he has to step up. Perhaps the huge delay in season five was a factor in the producers putting Hamm behind the camera.

This isn’t the first time that a cast member has stepped behind the camera. Fellow Mad Man John Slattery made the trip last season and the show managed to survive, so…good news. Hamm has been quoted as saying he views the opportunity “with a mixture of utter fear and excitement.” Audiences probably view it the same well. Just kidding. It seems almost impossible for a director to screw up in a medium so driven by writing.

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Look for Hamm’s debut when”Mad Men” returns in 2178.

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Looks like he had one too many last night.

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The Archive of American Television is not messing around. They’ve released a 6-hour interview with Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner, in which he goes into great detail about the show, his life, his philosophy on art, etc. I’m guessing he also has time to talk about whether he’s a boxers or a briefs man, who killed JFK, abortion, and which of the Herculoids are his favorites.

Anyway, I did watch a couple random bits of this, and it does seem kind of interesting. Maybe if I ever have a couple weeks free I’ll watch the whole thing. The video here is just the first hour, and you can watch the rest here. There’s some interesting stuff about the development of “Mad Men,” like the hilarious revelation that January Jones (who plays Don Draper’s wife Betty) auditioned for the role of Peggy. If you’ve never seen “Mad Men,” trust me, that’s interesting.

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If You Want To See ‘Mad Men’ Stream, You’ll Have To Do It On Netflix http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/if-you-want-to-see-mad-men-stream-youll-have-to-do-it-on-netflix/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/if-you-want-to-see-mad-men-stream-youll-have-to-do-it-on-netflix/#comments Wed, 06 Apr 2011 00:14:18 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=205523 Netflix bought the streaming rights to "Mad Men" for as much as $100 million. That's almost $1 for every cigarette smoked on that show.

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Netflix knows people love”Mad Men.” So don’t be tellin’ Netflix how much people love “Mad Men,” cause they already know. The even put a price on people’s love for “Mad Men.” It’s about a million bucks an episode. That’s the estimated amount that Netflix is paying for the exclusive rights to stream all episodes, old and new, up through the recently-announced season 7.

For those chomping at the bit to get after seasons 1-4 on Netflix Instant, you’re going to have to chomp a little longer, as they won’t be streaming until July 27th. That’s not the only bad news, either. Going forward with season 5, the show won’t be available for streaming on an episode-by-episode basis, but rather in complete seasons following its television run. So if you’re a “Mad Men” junkie, this probably wouldn’t be a perfect substitute for your AMC subscription. You’re gonna need that anyway for”Breaking Bad,” which doesn’t love its fans enough to stream. Prove me wrong, “Breaking Bad.” Prove me wrong. (WSJ)

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‘Mad Men’ Creator On Board For Fifth, Sixth, And Possibly Seventh Season http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/mad-men-creator-on-board-for-fifth-sixth-and-possibly-seventh-season/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/mad-men-creator-on-board-for-fifth-sixth-and-possibly-seventh-season/#comments Thu, 31 Mar 2011 23:59:34 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=204882 The "Mad Men" team is one big happy family again. Now they can go back to telling stories about a bunch of really unhappy ones.

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Well, it appears that creator Matthew Weiner isn’t going anywhere for the next two to three years. AMC and Lionsgate have just announced that they have locked him down for seasons five and six (and possibly seven). Sooooo, we’ll be watching”Mad Men” until the characters are driving DeLoreans and listening to “Safety Dance.” Yay!

This news comes off the heels of the announcement this morning that Lionsgate signed Tyler Perry up for two more Madea movies, which puts Lionsgate’s net goodwill accumulation today at “breakeven” or “slightly down.”

While it was granted that Mad Men would resume production in 2011 for airing in 2012, Weiner’s involvement was unknown as he was rumored to have objected to some of AMC’s stipulations, including one more commercial break per episode, the elimination of some recurring characters, and product placement. It’s unknown how those issues shook out, but knowing how well Hollywood keeps a secret, we should have that information in the next 15-20 minutes.

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The fifth season of “Mad Men” has been pushed back all the way to early 2012. For fans of the show, that feels like an eternity. After all, the series has already been on hiatus since October, meaning that even if it returns next January, it will have been off the air for 15 months. That’s a long friggen time, and a lot can happen between now and then. Here are some things that will probably go down before the show returns…

  • Steve Carell will no longer be on”The Office.” As such, you will no longer be watching, “The Office.”
  • Major League Baseball will conduct an entire season of play.
  • Tom Crusie will reprise his role as Ethan Hunt in Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, and Xenu will return to Earth to take his rightful place at the head of the Galactic Confederacy.
  • Harry Potter will be a thing of the past, as all of the films in the series will have been released. Unfortunately, the Twilight series will remain undead.
  • A reboot of the Spider-Man reboot will be in active development.
  • The 2012 Presidential primary season will be underway.
  • Katie Couric will be out at CBS news after nearly five years, while that old bastard Andy Rooney will celebrate is 103rd year with the network.
  • FX will have premiered and canceled no less than five critically acclaimed yet poorly rated shows.
  • Oprah Winfrey will end her show, and the country will be shocked by the simultaneous suicides of two million bored housewives.
  • Christina Hendricks’ breasts will be slightly closer to her knees.
  • The show will be forced to write a storyline in which the character of Bobby gets his first pube.
  • Julian Assange will have leaked the script for the season 5 finale. All your waiting will have been for naught.

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Negotiations have been tense between cable channel AMC and television super-genius Matt Weiner, creator of”Mad Men,” over the show’s fifth season. So tense, in fact, that some were speculating that we wouldn’t even get to see the fifth season at all, which would have had “Mad Men” going down in history as having one of the all-time least satisfying conclusions in TV history. Here’s the full statement from the American MadMen Channel:

“AMC has officially authorized production of season 5 of Mad Men, triggering our option with Lionsgate.  While we are getting a later start than in years past due to ongoing, key non-cast negotiations, Mad Men will be back for a fifth season in early 2012.”

While this is good news for fans, it seems like the previously reported issues Weiner had during negotiations – AMC wants to cut 2 minutes from each episode, devote more time to product placement, and let go of two cast members – have not been resolved. They could kill two of those birds with one stone if they made the Maytag repairman a regular character. Ideas! They’re in the air! (via Deadline)

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UPDATED: AMC Wants To See Less Of Their Hit Show ‘Mad Men’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/amc-wants-to-see-less-of-their-hit-show-mad-men/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/amc-wants-to-see-less-of-their-hit-show-mad-men/#comments Tue, 29 Mar 2011 12:31:46 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=204177 And creator Matthew Weiner's all like, "Whaaaaaaaaaaaat?!?!?!?!?!?!?!"

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UPDATE: AMC has picked up a 5th season of the show.

We were this close to a fifth season of”Mad Men,” but now the negotiations have hit a wall. Though he’s poised to rake in $30 million over the next two seasons, show creator Matthew Weiner isn’t happy with the terms set by AMC. Nor should he be.

The cable channel wants to increase product placement (ugh), trim the run-time of episodes (ugh again), and get rid of two cast members (AW HELL NAH). I know. That’s shocking news. How would Don Draper react?

An insider says, “This is their storied franchise, and they want it shorter and cheaper, with fewer actors and more product integration. The negotiations are about to collapse as a result.” Though reps say that the talks between the camps are continuing, it’s doubtful that the fifth season will be picked up in time for AMC’s April upfronts. Though the network will likely cave, it’s probably a pretty scary time to be the actor who plays Little Bobby. (Deadline)

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