Last night’s episode of Mad Men brought to the foreground the generational culture clash between iconic mid-century superman Don Draper and Michael Ginsberg, the up-and-coming Jewish copywriter played by Ben Feldman. We caught up with Feldman today to ask a simple question: How does it feel to be trying to out-Draper Draper? “It’s imposing,” the actor laughs, “especially when you stand in the elevator next to Jon Hamm, and he’s 35 feet taller than you.” READ FULL STORY
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InsideTV Podcast: Are you Team Betty or Team Megan on 'Mad Men'? Plus: The big 'Community' spat and 'Shark Tank' tips
Whoa! What the heck happened to the former Betty Draper (now Betty Francis)? And who knew Megan Draper could sing? Or clean while half-naked? These were a few of the big questions raised after the first few episodes of Mad Men’s 5th season. And now Dan Snierson and I discuss and debate the other pertinent question everyone must ask him- or herself: Team Betty or Team Megan? Megan is looking pretty good right now, and Betty…well, not so good. But which is the best woman for Don (and for viewers)? We tackle that topic and more on the latest edition of the InsideTV Podcast. Was January Jones’ fat suit a stroke of genius or just plain distracting? Is Roger on the outs at the firm? And when are we gonna get more Cosgrove? We’ll talk all that and more (including Dan’s somewhat futile attempts to get show creator Matt Weiner to spill the beans on plot details).
Then we turn our attention to the big public Community spat between star Chevy Chase and creator Dan Harmon. Do off-screen shenanigans impact the on-screen enjoyment of the show? What should they do with Pierce if Chevy leaves the program? And who’s the most important character the comedy cannot afford to lose? (The Community portion of the podcast starts at 12:20.)
You think we’re done. But we’re not! Next, Dan and I take a dip in the Shark Tank to talk about all the infuriating things people do while negotiating with the investors. We offer a Public Service Announcement to said knuckleheads and offer up some negotiating rules that should be followed to the letter. (Shark Tank chat begins at 19:15)
To join in on the fun, just click on the audio player icon below. Or, since we’re on iTunes, you can subscribe for free and take the podcast with you on the go. No iTunes? No problem. You can also download the entire podcast right here. And to send a question to the InsideTV Podcast team, follow us on Twitter @InsideTVPodcast. But first let us know what you think: Are you Team Betty or Team Megan? Would you watch Community without Chevy Chase? And what’s your biggest Shark Tank pet peeve? The message boards are open for business!
Whether you love her or loathe her, there’s no denying that Megan Draper — née Calvet — is going to play a huge role in Mad Men‘s fifth season. Luckily, actress Jessica Paré is up to the challenge — even though, initially, she had no idea that Megan would become such a pivotal character.
“I didn’t know what I was auditioning for,” the French-Canadian actress told reporters this afternoon. “[The role] was vaguely described as ‘female brunette.’ “
Now, of course, that brunette has moved from SCDP’s front desk to Don Draper’s bedroom. But don’t think this means that the adman has achieved a happy ending. Paré notes that there will definitely be “friction” between Jon Hamm’s character and his young wife as Season 5 progresses. We got hints of that last night, most strikingly when the pair engaged in what one writer called “angry floor sex.” READ FULL STORY
When it comes to the return of Mad Men, who better to discuss important television matters than the head of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce’s television department, Mr. Harry Crane — Rich Sommer? First matter at hand: Where will season 5 pick up after the loose ends of season 4?
“A little time has passed since the end of season 4,” Sommer teases to EW, but reassured, “A lot of the questions that people have from season 4 are answered pretty quickly.”
That doesn’t mean the air of intrigue that surrounds the characters, in their home lives and in the office, including the ambitious (sometimes overly so) Harry, will suddenly disappear in season 5. In fact, just the opposite. “A lot of why Harry is the way he is has to do with his personal life, so I think that’s always there in some way. I think almost everything that these characters do — Don, Roger, all those guys — is somehow driven by their work. Even their personal lives are clearly affected by it. You’ll definitely see that’s true for Harry as well,” Sommer says.
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Mad Men showrunner Matthew Weiner has always been a stickler for detail, but his latest bid for period accuracy is pretty stringent even by his own high standards.
Weiner is changing a song used in the upcoming fifth season premiere after critics who received early copies of the episode pointed out an apparent oversight: The track, Dusty Springfield’s 1967 tune “The Look of Love,” wasn’t released until six months after the episode takes place.
The writer-producer will use a different song instead. He sent this explanatory note to critics, which also doesn’t exactly hurt your relationship with the press: READ FULL STORY
A lot has happened to you, dear readers, over the last year and a half. Perhaps a new haircut. A new drink of choice? A new significant other? But one thing is definitely missing from that list: new Mad Men. That all changes on March 25 when, after a 17-month wait, the fifth season of the Emmy-approved, ’60s-era, martinis-and-Madison-Avenue drama begins on AMC . This week’s issue of EW previews the coming action, and to help get you into the spirit(s), we shared some bonus quotes from the men of Mad Men here. Now it’s time to hear from the women: namely, Elisabeth Moss (Peggy), Christina Hendricks (Joan), and January Jones (Betty).
On the aftermath of Don’s proposal to Megan in the season 4 finale
HENDRICKS : “This is a proposal that was announced in the workplace. Of two people who work in the same office. It’s obviously going to affect everyone around them.”
MOSS: “I felt the same as Peggy and Joan did [in the finale], where you’re just like, ‘What?’ And feeling nervous about it, nervous about it for Don. Just knowing who he is, that he finally started to live something that was at least true to himself, as much as he was going down hard in this downward spiral all of season 4. Getting engaged again just felt like a quick solution, a Band-Aid. But that said, things are complicated and he fell in love. And when people fall in love quickly, it’s always surprising and you’re always a bit nervous about it.”
On the office dynamics at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce
MOSS: “The older generation is finding it more and more difficult to stay present and to stay relevant. And the new kids are coming up and they’ve got great ideas and they’ve got their finger on the pulse a little bit more. So obviously in any company there’s just going to come a time when the power shifts, and I definitely think that’s starting to happen in the company.”
MOSS: “I’m just really proud of the person that she’s becoming. She’s developing a sharp sense of humor about life and about her business and about what she does. And this season for her is really, really, really about work…. There’s definitely a moment this season that I will be really, really interested to see what people’s reactions are. And that episode involved my favorite scene that I have ever done in the show.”
On fan reaction to frosty Betty
JONES: “For seasons 3 and 4, people were a little bit confused and felt a little bit more negatively toward her than they did in seasons 1 and 2. I think people liked Betty when she was submissive, unhappy and bottled up. It’s a character you can pity. Yes, she’s lacking parental skills, but people are really hard on her when she’s trying to seek out some things that make her happy. She is an imperfect character. She’s trying so hard and failing most of the time. And I don’t think you see that a lot…. I’m not going to defend the way she treats certain people. She’s got an emotional immaturity that makes a lot of her actions just stupefying to me as well, but at least she’s trying… I feel like I understand her more now than I did. I understand her moves, when she’s at least giving it a go, when she’s exploding with failure rather than imploding and doing nothing. I’ll defend her because I feel like some people aren’t seeing exactly what she’s trying to do.”
Martinis? Poured. Cigarettes? Lit. Anticipation? Killing us. In less than two weeks (March 25 to be exact), Mad Men returns to our living rooms. This week’s cover of EW takes you behind-the-scenes of AMC’s ‘60s-era drama — which centers on masterful ad exec Don Draper (Jon Hamm) and has claimed the Outstanding Drama Emmy four years running — to give you a preview of the fifth season and review of that prolonged 17-month hiatus. Below, we offer up a bunch of bonus quotes that you won’t find in the piece from many of Mad‘s main men, including Hamm, John Slattery, Vincent Kartheiser, Jared Harris, and Rich Sommer, as well as series creator/exec producer Matthew Weiner. (We’ll hear from the women in part II.) READ FULL STORY
Since the last Mad Men episode aired on television in 2010, all sorts of crazy things have happened: The Republican primaries, the rise of Adele, the year 2011. A new advertisement for the show’s return cheekily notes the passage of time by playing Wanda Jackson’s “Did You Miss Me” over scenes from Mad Men past. It doesn’t reveal anything about the plot of the new season, which means we still can’t confirm the rumors that this season of Mad Men will take place in an alternate-universe 1969 where Don Draper has to sell moon rocks to Martians. Watch the teaser below: READ FULL STORY
It took 18 months for Mad Men to return for its long-awaited fifth season but only a few days for the critically acclaimed show to get into hot water. Family members of 9/11 victims are decrying a new phase of the show’s minimalist marketing imagery, reports the New York Times. The ads, which echo the show’s opening credits, show a man (protagonist Don Draper) falling into a white void. They have appeared in subways and on buses since mid-January, but a new series just recently began appearing on highly position billboards and building facades around New York City, prompting cries of insensitivity. Several family members of people lost in the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, told the Times the ads are offensive because they bring to mind the imagery of victims jumping from the Twin Towers on the day of the national tragedy. READ FULL STORY
With the Oscars fresh in everyone’s minds, AMC will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of an Academy classic — The Godfather — with back-to-back airings of the original Oscar-winning film and The Godfather: Part II all week long, beginning tonight.
AMC will air The Godfather on Monday and Wednesday at 8 p.m. and midnight (schedule accordingly, central-time zoners!), and The Godfather: Part II on Tuesday and Thursday at 8 p.m. and 12:30 a.m. The trilogy will then be aired in its entirety on Friday, March 2, from 9:30 a.m. through 10 p.m. The celebration culminates on Saturday with AMC’s premiere of the digitally-restored version of The Godfather Saga beginning at 10 a.m.
Check out the exclusive teasers below, featuring choice commentary from Jon Hamm, Vincent Kartheiser, and Jared Harris of Mad Men – you know, that other reason we watch AMC: READ FULL STORY
You’ve seen the teaser ad, now here’s the official season 5 key art for Mad Men.
Cryptic, artsy and just a tad… pretentious, perhaps? You be the judge.
Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner compared the poster to the work of Italian artist Giorgio de Chirico, telling the New York Times, “this is a dreamlike image … a nonverbal representation of where my head is at and where the show will be … by the end of the season, I guarantee you’ll know what it is about.”
Check out the nonverbal representation below! READ FULL STORY
“Don is back.”
That’s the theme of the first teaser promo for the fifth season return of AMC’s Mad Men. The network plans to roll out a few different spots in the coming week highlighting various aspects of the awards-dominating drama, which is returning after nearly two years off the air. The kick-off spot focuses on Mr. Draper himself. Is there revealing new footage to give us insight into what season 5 is all about? Of couuuuurse not. But this will get you excited for the return of the show. Check it out below… READ FULL STORY
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