Jul 312014

I have been unable to keep up with this little project, especially since the blog crash. Allow me to point out that we’ve had so many fan art entries over the years that part of the task is now to search our archives and make sure it’s not a repeat. And, since we lost a bunch of data (as well as a bunch of saved future entries) that became more difficult.

Anyway, you don’t care about my stupid problems. Here is fan art. IRRESISTIBLE fan art. That you can buy.

That’s right! PRAYER CANDLES. I can scarcely contain myself. Do peruse the rest of her store, which includes prayer candles for Breaking Bad and a diverse assortment of musicians and cultural icons.

Jul 302014

I will be out of the country, with limited internet access, from July 31 through August 12.

Mad Chick will be handling Masters of Sex duties.

Season premiere and episode 2 of Hell on Wheels are already written and will post as soon as each episode ends.

Karl will keep the News running.

Other people may or may not be posting, and I will have some other things scheduled to go up, but I won’t be around for comment interaction, and posting is likely to be light.

Jul 292014

One thing that struck me as interesting in Masters of Sex episode 2.03, Fight, was that Bill Masters had a genetic test on hand that determined definitively that the baby with ambiguous genitalia was male.

Watson and Crick first published the structure of the DNA double-helix in 1953. Was Masters really determining sex by a simple blood test in 1959?

This article on the WHO website says

In 1959, chromosomal analysis of two human disorders, Turner syndrome and Klinefelter syndrome, demonstrated for the first time that genetic factors on the Y chromosomes of mammals are important determinants in male sex.

Seems like an anachronism to me.


Masters of Sex: Fight

 Posted by on July 28, 2014 at 12:22 am  Masters of Sex, Slideshow  13 Responses »
Jul 282014

masters-of-sex-season-the-fight-hotel-room Masters of Sex Episode 2.03, Fight, gives us close to a single-set episode, a venerable form for shows that want to do something different; something singular. Confining two characters together, you reveal those two characters in new and important ways. It’s not an easy form to sustain, though, and there are plenty of potential pitfalls. Most importantly, it has to be interesting, and it has to be organic.

It’s a strange decision for a prestige television show like Masters of Sex to structure a singular episode around a boxing match, when the premiere prestige television show—Mad Men—has already structured what is widely regarded as its greatest episode around a boxing match, and that, too, was a two-character piece. Continue reading »


Basket of News, Jul. 19-25, 2014

 Posted by on July 25, 2014 at 9:00 am  Media-Web-News  2 Responses »
Jul 252014

Christina Hendricks talks to Vulture about what she’s buying from the Mad Men sets, and how, after the show wrapped, “We partied for about a week straight.”

Gold Derby looked at the odds that Robert Morse will take home an Emmy this year.  The Sundance Channel lists Morse’s “Top 5 Movies from the ‘60s.”

Kiernan Shipka talked to MTV about the end of Mad Men: “It’s been such an amazing run and I’ve had such a fun time, but to have it end, it’s emotional, it’s so emotional.” [There's no link because the story led with a MM location spoiler. -K]

Janie Bryant will be skipping the Emmys… to give a TED talk! (via Polly Draper)

Homeland Season 4 has a premiere date, a poster, and a trailer.

Homeland co-creator Alex Gansa, along with fellow writers Alexander Cary and Meredith Stiehm, preview Season 4…and defend Season 3.

Breaking Bad was the Television Critics Association’s Program Of The Year.

The Walking Dead Comic-Con banner is pretty boss.

Norman Reedus talks to the HuffPost about his “character specific episode” in Season 5, his bromance with Andrew Lincoln, and tells viewers to “Grab your tissues” during Season 5.

AMC and Next Games have teamed up to present a mobile game, developed exclusively for smartphones and tablet devices, The Walking Dead: No Man’s Land

AMC announced the regular cast and released new pics for Better Caul Saul.

Times Higher Education surveys TV’s antiheroes, including Don Draper and Walter White.

The Don Draper apartment” caps a curving, futuristic spaceship of a building currently being constructed in New York’s Chelsea neighborhood. (via Hollis)

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

"All this time I thought you were a football hero who hated his father"

“All this time I thought you were a football hero who hated his father”

Jul 23, 2014

This one has me thinking … The Dick Whitman we see in Korea is no football hero, we know that. And in 6 1/2 seasons there’s not one piece of evidence on screen to suggest Dick could have been anything more than a tackling dummy. I’d be interested to know just what kind of backstory [...]

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Review: Marvel's Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N.

Review: Marvel’s Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N.

Jul 22, 2014

The Marvel Avenger’s STATION exhibit is currently at Discovery Times Square ($27 per adult), and presumably will travel all over the place. Since we occasionally write about Agents of SHIELD here, as well as review various Marvel movies (among others), I figured it was an apropos subject for a review. Don’t go. Since I was [...]

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Masters of Sex Season 2: Parallax and Kyrie Eleison

Masters of Sex Season 2: Parallax and Kyrie Eleison

Jul 21, 2014

Thank you, loyal Basketcases, for hanging in an extra week while I traveled for business. Although I sometimes imagine I’ll find a way to get the writing done while on the road, it rarely happens, so I’m combining two weeks of Masters of Sex Season 2 into one post. So far, Season 2 is shaping [...]

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Basket of News, Jul. 12-18, 2014

Jul 18, 2014

Hey there, she’s an all-star: January Jones plays catch before the #CelebSoftball Game. pic.twitter.com/S5QjODRKdh — All-Star Game (@AllStarGame) July 14, 2014 January Jones was filling in for Jon Hamm at the Legends & Celebs Game. Robert Morse talks to Playbill about the reaction to Bert Cooper’s final curtain and his new play. (via Polly Draper) [...]

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Personal and Professional Acts

Personal and Professional Acts

Jul 16, 2014

Taking place as it does on Valentine’s Day and the occasion of a funeral, flowers are major narrative motif that runs through the Mad Men episode A Day’s Work. These elements are woven into a story depicting characters who find themselves forced to “act” a certain way as they play out the various roles in [...]

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What the heck happened?

Jul 14, 2014

Business trip, of course. I’m all over the map. I didn’t even get to watch Masters of Sex yet. The problem with Sunday being Prestige Television Night is that I always travel on Sundays for arrival Monday morning. Rest assured, Masters of Sex will be blogged in this space, although not necessarily on time, because [...]

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Basket of News, Jul. 5-11, 2014

Jul 11, 2014

ICYMI: The Emmy Award nominations had plenty for Basketcases, though it appears The Americans was snubbed. Masters of Sex returns this week. Lizzy Caplan talked to the New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, and TIME about her Emmy nod and much more. Allison Janney also talked to EW. Jon Hamm also talked to the New York [...]

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Emmy Award Nominations Announced!

Emmy Award Nominations Announced!

Jul 10, 2014

The list of nominations for the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards was released this morning, and our shows represent (shows we actively blog in bold below)! The 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards air on August 25th. Read the full list below! Be outraged! Sound off! Outstanding Drama Series “Breaking Bad” (AMC) “Downton Abbey” (PBS) “Game of [...]

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