Maclean.ca blogger Jaimie Weinman has an interesting post talking about how TV used to, as a medium, have no regard whatsoever for details. I have often thought about this; continuity errors used to be the norm. Weinman cites Mad Men as emblematic of the new attention to detail.
Matthew Gilbert of Boston.com has mixed feelings about Mad Men becoming a hit. Will success spoil
Rock Hunter Matthew Weiner as it spoiled Shonda Rimes? And he confesses that it’s not just fear of a watered-down MM:
There’s something appealingly intimate about having an eye or an ear on a lesser known delicacy.
Next up, two good interviews with Jon Hamm. Expect to see many more of these; the guy has a major movie coming up. The ABC News interview is, well, pleasant. The second is with Mo Ryan, honorary Basketcase. She asks deep questions and gets deep answers, but my favorite part is when Hamm refers to plot threads as “hanging chads.” Bwah!
SF Gate film critic James Rocchi spins a love of Mad Men into a review of the brilliant and dark Sweet Smell of Success.
TV Barn’s Aaron Barnhart talks about how Matt Weiner “sells” his show, comparing him to Don Draper. Coolest of all, he includes a picture of the GAF Viewfinder swag. Yum.
Another one of those “local kid makes good” stories appears in the Avon (Connecticut) Post, featuring Michael Gladis (Paul Kinsey).
For actor Michael Gladis, “Mad Men” is a dream come true. “If the show was lousy and I was just doing it for a paycheck, I’d be content to work one day a week and collect my money. This show is so good that I’d prefer they work me like a rented mule,” Gladis says jokingly. During his time off he relaxes with friends and some of the cast members from the show. “We’re newly addicted to backgammon,” says Gladis.
Everyone is predicting big happy for Mad Men. The Envelope of LA Times has a “smackdown” with its two writers predicting the nominees to be announced tomorrow. They both predict Mad Men for Best Drama, and Jon Hamm for Best Drama Actor. Neither thinks Elisabeth Moss will make it, because the competition is too strong (and in any event, I think Holly Hunter in Saving Grace is the actress of the year).
The Hollywood Reporter (via Reuters) asked several TV critics for their Emmy picks. Three out of five pick Mad Men.