Basket of News, Sept. 13-19, 2014

 Posted by on September 19, 2014 at 9:00 am  Media-Web-News  2 Responses »
Sep 192014

At The New York Times, A.O. Scott features Mad Men in his essay in the death of adulthood in American culture.

Edge magazine features Vincent Kartheiser in an interview and photoshoot, Harry Hamlin in a full interview, and Rich Sommer in a shorter one. (via Polly Draper)

Jon Hamm talks to Australia’s Daily Telegraph about Mad Men and A Young Doctor’s Notebook.  Jon Hamm also recorded the narration for Frontline for Hope Season 2.

Kiernan Shipka talks to W magazine about her first onscreen kiss. That’s some bonnet she’s wearing. (also via Polly Draper)

Elisabeth Moss will star in a Broadway revival of Wendy Wasserstein’s The Heidi Chronicles this spring. (also via Polly Draper)

Next month’s PaleyFest will feature The Walking Dead at a panel with Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Danai Gurira, Lauren Cohan, Steven Yeun, Melissa McBride, Robert Kirkman, Scott Gimple, Gale Anne Hurd and Greg Nicotero.

Entertainment Weekly got Andrew Lincoln, Danai Gurira, Lauren Cohan and Steven Yeun to spill some embarrassing secrets about Norman Reedus, Greg Nicotero and Scott Wilson.

Andrew Lincoln also joked with Entertainment Weekly about Sheriff Rick’s beard.

Michael Cudlitz talked to the Los Angeles Register about Abraham’s big personality.

Michael Sheen talked to the Associated Press about Masters Of Sex and why he loves variety in his career.

Common was interviewed by Deadline about “Elam Ferguson,” though you shouldn’t read it before viewing Hell On Wheels.

Uproxx compiles everything we know about Season 2 of Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Smiler G points us to an homage to McCauley Conner, an illustrator billed as “one of New York’s original ‘Mad Men.’ ” Hollis found a trove of vintage illustrations.

Some Basket faves are among Uproxx’s Five Actors Who Improved With Age.

Uproxx also noticed a split-second reference to Breaking Bad in the Godzilla reboot.

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



 Posted by on September 17, 2014 at 5:04 am  Masters of Sex, Slideshow  No Responses »
Sep 172014

For Masters of Sex fans, here’s a 1954 commercial for the diet pill being promoted by Austin:


Masters of Sex: Below the Belt

 Posted by on September 15, 2014 at 7:04 pm  Masters of Sex, Slideshow  6 Responses »
Sep 152014


Masters of Sex really is an amazing show, and Below the Belt took us in an unexpected direction. It was clear that at some point, Bill Masters’ impotence would be resolved, but then the episode misdirected us, sending us into Virginia’s distaste for the situation, spoken by Betty, but Betty was not a symbol or surrogate for Virginia; she was another person who understood. Don’t hope for me to cure you, Virginia wanted to say, it just results in me, too, being impotent. Continue reading »


Hell on Wheels 4.07: Elam Ferguson

 Posted by on September 14, 2014 at 10:14 pm  Hell on Wheels, Slideshow  11 Responses »
Sep 142014
Hell on Wheels "Elam Ferguson" Elam on horseback

Photo Credit:Chris Large/AMC

There’s a part of me that just wants to say, “What was that?”

Hell on Wheels episode 4.07, Elam Ferguson, focused on Elam, but not really. It was much more about the people affected by Elam; people he did not recognize. Elam did not understand that Cullen, Eva, and Psalms all loved him and wished to help him. He did not understand who he was or where he was or what year it was. In that way, Elam Ferguson was entirely absent from the episode that bore his name. Continue reading »


Basket of News, Sept. 6-12, 2014

 Posted by on September 12, 2014 at 9:00 am  Media-Web-News  6 Responses »
Sep 122014

The Walking Dead dropped a full trailer for Season 5:

Andrew Lincoln, Danai Gurira, Norman Reedus, Lauren Cohan and Steven Yeun all talked about their TWD characters with Entertainment Weekly.

Robert Kirkman tells Entertainment Weekly he knows how The Walking Dead comic will end.

Jon Hamm was a presenter at the Stand Up to Cancer fundraiser, where he spoke about his mother, who passed away from colon cancer when he was 10 years old.

Elisabeth Moss talks to Styleite about Peggy’s Burger Chef pitch.

Kiernan Shipka tells New York magazine what she learned from Janie Bryant (and that she’s Netflixed Mad Men).

George Clooney is visiting Downton Abbey this Christmas.

AMC Networks CEO Josh Sapan at an investor conference in New York on Thursday compared The Walking Dead to the NFL.

Masters of Sex showrunner Michelle Ashford talks to the HuffPost about the show’s themes, her decision to shake up the characters’ lives substantially in Season 2, the drama’s secret agenda and the possible return of two beloved characters.

Bob Odenkirk tells E! Online that Better Call Saul will have all the tension Breaking Bad fans loved.

Bryan Cranston, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Aaron Paul… and a puppy.

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

Peggy Olson All Wrapped Up

Peggy Olson All Wrapped Up

Sep 9, 2014

[Here's another reprint of a lost article. It garnered lively discussion last spring.] When Peggy Olson wants to dress up, she wraps herself up in a bow. Well, not “dress up” exactly. I think it’s specifically when she wants to please a man, or be sexy or beautiful. She doesn’t wear bows to church or [...]

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Masters of Sex: Story of My Life

Masters of Sex: Story of My Life

Sep 8, 2014

There are times that Masters of Sex doesn’t work, and times it frustrates its fans. But then it comes around with an episode like Story of My Life and all of that is erased in an instant, the way a baby’s dazzling smile somehow makes parents forget a recent crying jag. When it’s good, it’s [...]

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Hell on Wheels 4.06: Bear Man

Hell on Wheels 4.06: Bear Man

Sep 7, 2014

Hell on Wheels Episode 4.06, Bear Man, screamed “tonight on a very special Hell on Wheels.” Sorry. There was good stuff in the episode, and we can discuss, but a lot of it was…perplexing.

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Basket of News, Aug. 30-Sept. 5, 2014

Sep 5, 2014

Christina Hendricks talking to Variety about the end of Mad Men? Yes, please: And here’s the trailer for Downton Abbey, Series 5: Jon Hamm has been doing overseas press for Million Dollar Arm, but he also talks about Mad Men, life after Don Draper, and A Young Doctor’s Notebook along the way with HeraldScotland, Ireland’s [...]

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Masters of Sex: Mirror, Mirror

Masters of Sex: Mirror, Mirror

Sep 2, 2014

If the Masters of Sex episode Mirror, Mirror proves anything, it’s that the show is committed to the structural experimentation we saw last week, with Asterion, albeit this time with considerably more success. At one point in Mirror, Mirror, Virginia, watching a pair of study subjects have intercourse, notes the symmetry between men and women: [...]

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Hell on Wheels 4.05: Life's a Mystery

Hell on Wheels 4.05: Life’s a Mystery

Sep 1, 2014

Hell on Wheels Episode 4.05, Life’s a Mystery, is the first episode in quite some time that endeavors to be more than an episode of a good television show. Which is to say, the show has broad themes: About the American Dream, about transcending the past, about being an outsider; but it doesn’t often do [...]

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Holiday Blog Note

Aug 31, 2014

You will get your Hell on Wheels and Masters of Sex reviews, I promise, but one or both will be a little late.

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Basket of News, Aug. 23-29, 2014

Aug 29, 2014

So, the Emmys. Congrats to Breaking Bad and its cast; condolences to Mad Men and…well, just about everyone else. The impeccably groomed Jon Hamm was serenaded by Weird Al Yankovic and part of some uncomfortable humor. And here they all are, dressed to the nines at the AMC afterparty. [I thought Jay R. Ferguson shaved off [...]

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