Basket of News, Apr. 12-18, 2014

 Posted by on April 18, 2014 at 9:00 am  Media-Web-News  No Responses »
Apr 182014

The Season 7 premiere of Mad Men had its lowest premiere ratings since 2008.  Sounds bad, right?  But looking at the premiere numbers for past seasons, particularly the large jump between Seasons 4 and 5, one might hypothesize that the two-hour “event” premieres in Seasons 5 and 6 might have had inflated numbers relative to a standard one-hour premiere.  Indeed, the two-hour premiere of Season 5 — the show’s highest-rated premiere– scored a cumulative 4.4 million viewers for the 9 and 11 p.m. showings.  The one-hour Season 7 premiere–which at shorter length could manage two repeats–scored… 4.4 million cumulative viewers.  Obviously, the amount of overlap from repeat viewers is unknown, but that’s sort of the point.  Throw in the increasing trend of delayed, on-demand viewing, and it seems like people are comparing apples and oranges.

Now that Mad Men is bi-coastal, it takes both Gothamist and LAist to unpack the cultural references in “Time Zones.”

Matthew Weiner talks to THR about the show’s relationship to historical events.  He talks to Variety about pacing the first half of S7 and the mood in the writers’ room.

Joel Murray talks to The Wire about Freddie’s return, and his time on the show.  He also talks to Vulture.

Elisabeth Moss talks about her pride in Peggy’s accomplishments and why she believes Peggy is a better boss than Don.  She also talks to Rolling Stone about who Peggy would be in today’s TV world.

Jon Hamm talks to Vulture about the (revived) Megan Draper/Sharon Tate theory.  He talks to Rolling Stone more about Don.

And speaking of crazy Mad Men theories…Ali Arikan has a doozy about how the show will end.  This may be the must-read for the week.

Neve Campbell talked to Vulture, The Daily Beast and Entertainment Weekly about taking a plane ride with Don Draper and Jon Hamm.

Vincent Kartheiser talked to Rolling Stone about the beginning of the end.

John Slattery‘s feature-length directorial debut, God’s Pocket – starring the late, great Philip Seymour Hoffman – has dropped its first trailer. [It also features Christina Hendricks as Hoffman's wife -D]

Matt, Jon and Elisabeth talk about the Don/Peggy relationship with USA Today.

Rich Sommer talks to Today about Harry Crane and setting people’s jaws on edge. Continue reading »


Don’s hungry.

 Posted by on April 17, 2014 at 12:00 pm  Characters, Mad Men, Season 4, Season 7  36 Responses »
Apr 172014

Maybe I just need a “Brooklyn Avenue” from Canter’s, but what stuck out to me in last Sunday’s Mad Men episode, Time Zones was Don taking healthy bites of food, not once but twice.

Sorry, I couldn't find one of him taking a bite :)

Sorry, I couldn’t find one of him taking a bite

First meeting with Pete for the aforementioned pastrami where they put coleslaw right on the sandwich.  Unemployed Don takes a huge bite. Continue reading »

Apr 172014

Phil Noto, whose Downton fan art has previously been featured here, also watches Mad Men.

Image: Phil Noto

Original here. Check his Sales page for available prints.


Time Zones: Final Images

 Posted by on April 16, 2014 at 7:19 am  Mad Men, Season 2, Season 7, Slideshow  20 Responses »
Apr 162014

The penultimate image of Mad Men episode 7.01: Time Zones, leaves Peggy utterly alone.

Mad Men "Time Zones" Peggy on the floor of her apartment

It reminded me of another image, in another episode. Continue reading »


Timely Conversations

 Posted by on April 15, 2014 at 12:00 pm  Mad Men, Season 7, Slideshow, Themes  41 Responses »
Apr 152014

agentWith the title “Time Zones” and a fourth wall breaking opening monologue from Fred Rumsen pitching the wristwatch ad tagline, “Accutron. It’s not a time piece. It’s a conversation piece,” it’s no great stretch to see the use of time as a motif in MAD MAN’s first episode of Season 7.

The idea of time is injected into many of the important conversations that take place throughout “Time Zones.”

For instance, Don and Megan meet over dinner with Megan’s agent, Alan Silver. There they find out that Megan is a strong contender for an acting role on an NBC pilot. Quite visible during the scene is Silver’s ostentatious gold watch (that would seem to match his equally ostentatious personality).

Later, During Joan’s first meeting with Butler’s Wayne Barnes, she discovers the wunderkind is planning to propose that his company take all their ad business in-house. Barnes’ excuse to cut the conversation short is his stated desire to get home to tuck in his kids (bedtime).

Continue reading »


Mad Men Seasons: Length and Intervals Between Seasons

Apr 15, 2014

This is just straight-up reference material, and I’m going to link it in our Bible pages. At the beginning of every seasons someone asks about intervals between seasons, so it was worth collating. Here are the intervals between every Mad Men season, and the length of every Mad Men season, as well as beginning and [...]

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"Caught in war, wanting peace"

“Caught in war, wanting peace”

Apr 14, 2014

During the course of Mad Men episode 7.01: Time Zones, two different quotes captivate Don. I feel it’s worth reviewing and comparing them.

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Time Zones: Immune To Your Charms

Time Zones: Immune To Your Charms

Apr 13, 2014

In Mad Men episode 7.01: Time Zones, no one can connect, and everyone is fundamentally alone. Connection is both futile, and empty. For the most part, I found myself feeling so sorry for these characters. Oh, poor Peggy. Poor Don. Poor Kenny! They’re all so sadly trapped in a disconnected and lonely life. They each [...]

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Open Thread: Time Zones

Apr 13, 2014

We’re baaaaaack! Open threads appears every Sunday that a new episode is aired, starting at 8pm Eastern. Before jumping in, please read our comment and spoiler policies. Anything that has already aired on the East Coast at the time of posting is not a spoiler. And we’re also now present on zeebox:

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Basket of News, April 5-11, 2014

Apr 11, 2014

The Mad Men Season 7 premiere is just days away… did you see Deborah’s spoiler-free review? Diane Sawyer went behind the scenes at SC&P with Matthew Weiner & Co.  Matt also talked to CBS, and at length to Rolling Stone about where the show’s been and where it’s going: “I always kind of see the [...]

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Fan Art Thursday: January Jones

Fan Art Thursday: January Jones

Apr 10, 2014

Forgive me, but this is hilarious! Available for purchase here.

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Glen's Road Trip

Glen’s Road Trip

Apr 9, 2014

In Mad Men Episode 6.12, The Quality of Mercy, Glen Bishop and his friend Rolo drive to visit Sally when she’s on her overnight visit to Miss Porter’s School. Just for fun, here’s their road trip.

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From Russia With Love: 50th Anniversary

Apr 9, 2014

For From Russia With Love’s 50th anniversary, I have a guest post up at The Film Experience. After 23 official films and 2 unofficial ones, From Russia With Love, the second James Bond adventure, remains the greatest of them all. Considered an iconic film in many ways, it may surprise the casual Bond viewer to [...]

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