Sep 012015
 

This is just straight-up reference material, and I’ve linked it in our Bible pages. This was originally posted at the beginning of Season 7, but now it’s fully updated for the entire series, including the split between seasons 7.1 and 7.2. At the beginning of every season someone always asked about intervals between seasons, and writers often get them wrong, 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 end dates. Continue reading »

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Masters of Sex: Surrogates

 Posted by on August 31, 2015 at 1:01 pm  Masters of Sex, Slideshow  5 Responses »
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Masters of Sex, "Surrogates"--Virginia Johnson in Vegas

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It’s amazing how much of a 360 180 Masters of Sex can do. The difference between last week’s Monkey Business and this week’s Surrogates is a case in point, as the show has gone, in two weeks, from rock bottom to excellence. With Monkey Business, not only was it kind of weird and creepy, it was also hard to understand the point. But the latest episode of Masters of Sex was not merely enjoyable, it also worked its themes and motifs extremely well. (Almost) all of the characters were true to themselves, true to what we know of their back stories, and firing on all cylinders.

Is it a coincidence that none of the children were seen this week? An episode without Johnny or Tessa works remarkably well, no? And speaking of Bill and Virginia’s various progeny, what was the point of that whole pregnancy? Now that it’s over, we never seen the baby at all, and she does very little to complicate Virginia’s life.  Continue reading »

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Aug 302015
 
Hell on Wheels, "False Prophets" -- Brigham Young is stabbed

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Hell on Wheels  Episode 5.07: False Prophets, sets itself a number of challenges. For those who know the history, things like the eventual terminus of the Transcontinental Railroad, which railroad reached Ogden first, and the life and death of Brigham Young are already known, yet the show must still make the playing out of this history interesting. (Hell on Wheels doesn’t adhere strictly to the true story–Thomas Durant, for one, never came back from his arrest during the Credit Mobilier scandal. Yet the broader strokes of history are represented fairly, and I fully expect the golden spike to be driven more or less as really happened.) On the other hand, people who don’t know the history have to be kept entertained by a bunch of negotiations around a conference table with a bunch of angry bearded men going over the fine points of a part of Americana they may have barely heard of.  Continue reading »

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Basket of News, August 28, 2015

 Posted by on August 28, 2015 at 9:01 am  Media-Web-News  2 Responses »
Aug 282015
 

Christina Hendricks on Watch What Happens Live answering the question, “How did Mad Men Really End?” (video) The Wrap also interviews Ms. Hendricks on the end of Mad Men.

John Slattery’s next role.

The Wall Street Journal interviews Elisabeth Moss about her new movie, Queen of Earth.

Coca-Cola is figuring out that leveraging the Mad Men finale might be a good idea.

Congratulations to Alison Brie, who has become engaged to Dave Franco.

Matthew Weiner joins 98 prominent Hollywood Jews to back Iran Nuclear Deal. Continue reading »

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Mad Men Haiku!

 Posted by on August 27, 2015 at 4:00 am  Characters, Mad Men, Season 6, Slideshow  1 Response »
Aug 272015
 

scarlet

“Scarlett, you’re fired!”

Harry unfires; defies Joan.

Storeroom keys to Dawn!

scarlett harry

 

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Hell on Wheels Episode 5.06: Hungry Ghosts

Hell on Wheels Episode 5.06: Hungry Ghosts

Aug 25, 2015

The pieces are moving around the chessboard at an alarming rate in the latest Hell on Wheels, Hungry Ghosts, but at the same time, the focus seems rather heavily on character. Brigham Young, Thor Gunderson, the railroad termini as planned by the Union Pacific and the Central Pacific, all of this has far-reaching consequences. Meanwhile, […]

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Masters of Sex: Monkey Business

Masters of Sex: Monkey Business

Aug 24, 2015

At the end of the Masters of Sex episode Monkey Business, I turned to Professor Spouse and said “What did that mean?” She didn’t know either. There were some great scenes, and I was interested in a lot of it, but nothing hung together for me, and the gorilla subplot in particular didn’t seem to […]

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Fear the Walking Dead Premiere

Fear the Walking Dead Premiere

Aug 24, 2015

I can’t commit to recapping Fear the Walking Dead, not with Hell on Wheels and Masters of Sex the same weekend. Too much recapping. Unless a Basketcase* is interested in writing this show, we’ll just be checking in with it periodically, and give briefer impressions than you’d expect from a full recap. But there will […]

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The Circle Game: The Life-Affirming Finale of True Detective, "Omega Station"

The Circle Game: The Life-Affirming Finale of True Detective, “Omega Station”

Aug 24, 2015

In Omega Station we learned that what was truly fueling the season’s engines was a desire to promote life and spiritual growth, not a craving for depicting death and misery. “Lately” by Lera Lynn (2015) Lately I’m not feeling like myself, When I look into the glass, I see someone else. I hardly recognize this […]

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Open Thread: Talk Among Yourselves

Aug 23, 2015

Hell on Wheels will be late. Turns out even middle-aged writers go out Saturday nights. Masters of Sex will be along. In the meantime, my very own Lippsister, Roberta, has gotten herself a new kitten: Maggie! Topic tonight is therefore: Pet names. Why did you name your pets as you did? I’ll chime in below.

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Basket of News, August 21, 2015

Aug 21, 2015

Photos and talk about the last season of Downton Abbey. Mad Men‘s Matthew Weiner and Homeland‘s Alex Gansa talk about being great showrunners. Matt and Alec Berg also talk about their Emmy-nominated writing. Here’s a great interview with Matt Weiner talking about his collaboration with Jon Hamm. The Daily Beast interviews Kiernan Shipka (thanks Polly […]

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Mad Men Haiku!

Mad Men Haiku!

Aug 20, 2015

Works on Saturday Only wants best for Peggy Needs to smoke a joint      

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Inside a Hippie Commune (Photo Essay)

Inside a Hippie Commune (Photo Essay)

Aug 18, 2015

In Mad Men episode 7.04, The Monolith, Roger and Mona visit their daughter, now calling herself Marigold, at a commune in upstate New York. I was reminded of that by this fascinating photo essay of a commune that existed in Hawaii from 1969 to 1977. There’s plenty of differences, of course. The easy and undemanding […]

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