- Panopticist, a blog that looks at culture from a very inside-advertising perspective, criticizes the fonts in Mad Men’s closing credits. It’s kind of dorky if you’re not interested in fonts, but I found it fascinating.
- The Hanover, PA Evening Sun is interested in the appearance of Hanover company Utz in Mad Men.
Utz was flattered with the recognition it received but was not involved with the decision to be included in the show, said Alec Sivel, director of marketing for Utz.
“They just wrote us into the script,” Sivel said.
- The Chicago Tribune has found the real Tilden Katz! (Scroll to the very end.) Now that’s what I call journalism!
- The New York Daily News discusses Mad Men as the future of television, nodding to the potential Emmys sweep coming up on September 16.
- It seems fans are more upset over Duck’s mistreatment of his dog than any mistreatment of other humans. (Hat tip to Basketcase Peter G.)
- The New York Post compares Don Draper to Tony Soprano.
- TV By the Numbers analyzes Mad Men’s marketing strategy, comparing AMC to Duck Philips.
- The New York Times sees the Twitter imitators as a form of fanfic.
- The Guardian looks at the changing face of cable, which necessitates poking fun at HBO for passing on Mad Men.
- Mad Men is featured in EW’s 25 Things Pop Culture Taught Us This Summer.
- The LA Times “Gold Derby” wonders if being a period piece is Emmy poison.
- The San Francisco Bay Guardian writes a thoughtful review of Mad Men’s surface charm and inner power.
- The Daily Cardinal of the University of Wisconsin points out that current basic-cable quality programs like Mad Men can save you money on those now-unneeded premium channels. Roberta & I never forked it over for premium cable; that’s how we ended up watching Mad Men in the first place.
- The Huffington Post gives the WWDDD (What Would Don Draper Do) treatment to pitching Sarah Palin as the vice presidential choice.
- In other political news, a letter to the editor in the Wall Street Journal suggests that Karl Rove’s assessment of Sarah Palin’s appeal is reminiscent of Mad Men; men “in their smoke-filled offices, also thinking that they know what appeals to women.”
- The ever quotable Elastic Waist contemplates Marilyn vs. Jackie.
- Variety reports that Matt Weiner is using the success of Mad Men to shop for a deal, but it’s unclear what that means.
- The Culture Vulture is back with a fab interview with the God of Deep Voices, Jon Hamm. He is so quotable:
Do you think [Don and Rachel are] soul mates?
I do, in a weird way. I think that Don recognizes that and wishes he had it, and true to the overriding theme of our show, he misses out on it and is sad.
- The apparent lunatic who writes the LA Times fashion blog All the Rage asks if Christina Hendricks is too fat to be on TV. Jesus H. Christ. Our good friend ProgGrrl (whose name I am now spelling correctly) is asking that people respond to them in comments with exactly how “too fat” Christina is.
- Glarkware has a t-shirt that you simply MUST see. I’m not even spoiling the surprise, just go see.