Basket of News, Jan. 17-23, 2015

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Jan 232015

The Walking Dead has released two new midseason trailers. This is “Another Day”:

The second is titled “Surviving Together.”

Norman Reedus talks about Daryl’s current state of mind with TV Guide.  He’s also among the celebrity cameos in Sleater-Kinney’s new video for “No Cities to Love.”

Matthew Weiner revealed he has Jon Hamm to thank for helping him cast Zach Galifianakis in Are You Here.

John Slattery has joined the cast of Netflix’s revival of Wet Hot American Summer.

Christina Hendricks appeared on the TCA panel for Comedy Central’s upcoming raunchy period comedy, Another Period.

Elisabeth Moss stars in Queen of the Earth, which will premiere at next month’s Berlin International Film Festival.

SundanceTV’s The Writers’ Room quizzes: “Which Mad Men Character Are You?” [The show hasn’t been in the MM writers’ room…but they premiered with Breaking Bad. -K]

AMC chief Charlie Collier name checks Jon Hamm during this THR survey on network bigs.

Joel Murray features in Bloodsucking Bastards, which will open the Slamdance Film Festival.

Patrick Fischler (Jimmy Barrett) will have a recurring role during Season 4 of ABC’s Once Upon a Time.

I began watching Better Call Saul! as a skeptic, [but] the first three episodes have mostly made me a believer… — Alan Sepinwall

Bob Odenkirk told Variety that a challenge of Better Call Saul was making Saul “genuinely likable.”  Michael McKean talked to Variety about playing Saul/Jimmy’s older brother.  And  Variety also listed seven things viewers need to know about Better Call Saul.

Common talked to The Wall Street Journal about some of the challenging things on set of Hell on Wheels.

Basket of News is compiled by Deborah and Karl — and Basketcases like you.

Jan 222015


Oh, we can beat them, forever and ever
Then we could be heroes just for one day.

In many ways I enjoyed this season more than the others. It was visually stunning; a general topic I didn’t think I’d enjoy but did, and it was more cohesive than most.
But it was light on the horror. The funny thing is, I’m not a fan of the genre, but I can respect it when it’s well done. I think they substituted horror with violence, and it cheapened things. Now no doubt, that’s not an easy line to draw, but there you go.
It was an especially manipulative season. It really seemed like no matter what, we love those freaks. It is ordained. Not that nearly all of them didn’t get theirs, but the narrative dictated that we be loyal to those lovable freaks. Forget that (nearly) every one of them was a cold-blooded killer, starting with the twins. Forget (you kind of have, haven’t you?) that they drugged and kidnapped people for their orgies. I’m not suggesting we should be devoid of compassion, but we shouldn’t have been pushed to such a 1-sided view. Elsa Mars in particular, while yes, I saw her as sympathetic, for the most part she used and abused people and was still complaining when she’d gotten everything she ever wanted, and she never looked back on her “monsters.” Continue reading »

Jan 212015

Downton Abbey, the Dowager Countess meets her Russian Prince

Sympathy butters no parsnips.
–Mrs. Patmore

Action packed, my Basketcases, action packed! Every transition was practically racing from upstairs to downstairs and back again. Everyone had PLOT! Everyone had SNAPPY BANTER! Everyone had COSTUMES!

I can’t bear vulgar jokes.
–Lady Mary

…and not for nothing, but Lord Grantham remains an ass. What a snotty little temper tantrum he displayed! It’s not clear to me if Cora is simply unaware of how much Bricker is attracted to her, or if she finds it fundamentally innocent since she knows herself and knows she will do nothing more than walk and talk. I think the latter. Cora is clearly enjoying herself, and reminiscing about being beautiful and having a full dance card indicates her pleasure in the chase. But she is a grandmother and a loyal wife and she is most assuredly not doing the fucking around that the generations on either side of her indulge in. Because there’s not-vulgar Mary in her undies, and there’s the Dowager Countess, denuded in front of the entire family by a sexy encounter with a sexy Russian Prince and his sexy, sexy fan. Continue reading »

Jan 192015

Hayley Atwell as Agent Carter Television is glutted with comic book shows these days. From Agents of SHIELD to Arrow to The Flash to the host of supernatural-themed ones, it’s “this year’s candy pink refrigerator.” Into this mix steps Agent Carter.

Boasting an excellent cast that includes Hayley Atwell in the title role she created in the first Captain America movie, Shea Whigham of Boardwalk Empire and True Detective, and Enver Gjokaj of Dollhouse, this feels like a more solid and respectable show, not to mention more fun, than just about anything I’ve found on network TV. It’s not the lightweight, aren’t-young-people-pretty sort of fare that you find in something like The Flash. Instead, Agent Carter feels really integrated into a world of its own, a world not overly dependent on CGI.

I have to say the commercials appalled me, and at first I wasn’t interested for that reason. The advertising tagline was “Sometimes the best man for a job is a woman,” which is so sexist and 1986 that I almost puked. But once you watch, you find that the sexism is very much part of what Peggy Carter has to fight. Sidelined after the war, her record (largely classified) is treated as a joke and she is pushed into secretarial work and denied assignments as an agent in the SSR. This creates a kind of de facto secret identity for Peggy, and that becomes the basis of the show. Continue reading »


Basket of News, Jan. 10-16, 2015

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Jan 162015


Mad Men will return for its final seven episodes on Sunday, April 5.

Matthew Weiner and stars Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Christina Hendricks, Vincent Kartheiser and John Slattery took to the stage at the TCA confab  to reminisce about their time together on the show. (via Polly Draper)  Alan Sepinwall live-blogged the panel, though Daniel Fienberg has a little more from Mr. Weiner.

Mad Men was nominated for an ACE Eddie Award by the American Cinema Editors in the category of Best Edited One-Hour Series For Commercial Television.

Time Zones” received a nomination for an Art Directors Guild Excellence in Production Design Award.

Janie Bryant gets a Costume Designers Guild award nomination in the Outstanding Period/Fantasy Television Series category.

Christina Hendricks is the new face of Clairol’s Nice ‘N Easy.

January Jones and Ethan Hawke co-star in Good Kill, which has a trailer online.

Downton Abbey‘s Allen Leech talks to the Wall Street Journal about his character’s arc, the show’s surprising season premiere, and some behind-the-scenes hijinks.

Arthur is taking on Downton Abbey with an episode inspired by the period Brit drama called Fountain Abbey.

AMC released a new teaser trailer for The Walking Dead Season 5B.

The Walking Dead received two nominations from the Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild for the “TV and New Media Series Contemporary Make-Up” category and the “TV and New Media Series Special Make-Up Effects” category.

Better Call Saul now has an extended trailer online.  Showrunners Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould are excited about the upcoming premiere.

The New York Times and Variety visit Better Call Saul‘s Albuquerque set.

The Washington Post gives the premiere of Better Call Saul a B+ in a slightly spoilery preview. lists the best TV soundtracks, including a number of Basket favorites.

AMC released a first image from Humans, their joint venture wth Channel 4 and Kudos starring William Hurt.

Basket of News is compiled by Deborah and Karl — and Basketcases like you.

Fan Art Thursday: Downton Abbey

Fan Art Thursday: Downton Abbey

Jan 15, 2015

Lady Mary and Matthew Crawley: A wonderfully romantic piece by justelanore.

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Downton Abbey: Season 5 Episode 2: The Condom Episode

Downton Abbey: Season 5 Episode 2: The Condom Episode

Jan 13, 2015

There is something so “aren’t we sophisticated” about Lady Mary having the dirty with Tony. Like she’s decided that having actual sex makes her sophisticated and modern and smart, so she’ll do that. There’s no sense of actual desire in it, just smugness. Downton Abbey this season is full of smugness about modernity. I’m all […]

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Blog Note: Downton Abbey

Jan 12, 2015

Hey Basketcases! Our beloved Marly is not available for Downton Abbey recaps this season because of a brain-consuming project. Unfortunately, I didn’t learn about this until after I watched the Season 5 premiere and deleted it from my DVR. But as of episode 2, I’ll take over Downton recap duties. I am probably not as […]

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Golden Globes Open Thread

Jan 11, 2015

I’m sorry to acknowledge that Joan Rivers will not be on the Red Carpet, dishing the dirt. Furthermore, Mad Men wasn’t even nominated for Best Television Drama. So if you are boycotting the Globes, I’ll understand. But here’s an open thread if awards season still floats your boat.

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Basket of News, Jan. 3-9, 2015

Jan 9, 2015

Downton Abbey returned for its fifth-season debut Sunday on par with its premiere numbers a year ago. Downton Abbey showrunner Julian Fellowes joined The Hollywood Reporter for a (spoiler-free) reflection on what he and his Downton team have accomplished over the season. Alan Sepinwall, the HuffPost, The Independent and the BBC are among those (like […]

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Movie Review: Ida

Movie Review: Ida

Jan 6, 2015

Ida, a Polish film with English subtitles, has quietly been gaining attention as one of the must-see movies of the year, and has recently made the shortlist for Foreign Language Oscar. The film takes place in the early 1960s in Poland. We meet a young novitiate nun, Anna, an orphan, raised in the convent. The […]

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Gloria and Betty ... Silly Women

Gloria and Betty … Silly Women

Jan 5, 2015

Watching The Inheritance … Betty calls Gloria a silly woman, which is exactly what Henry’s mother calls Betty two seasons later.

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Basket of News, Dec. 27, 2014-Jan. 2, 2015

Basket of News, Dec. 27, 2014-Jan. 2, 2015

Jan 2, 2015

Happy New Year! I don’t know about you, but I wore a fine cut of meat like a big ol’ Texas belt buckle. Jon Hamm is one of the featured sources in a New York Times piece on Black Mirror, social media, and the post-Mad Men TV environment. BuzzFeed‘s list of the most badass women […]

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