Mo Ryan, the Chicago Tribune’s “Watcher,” has made Mad Men her #1 show of 2008. No surprise there, Mo has been one of Mad Men’s biggest supporters from Day One. It’s part of why we love her. Another part is elegant phrasing like this:
Even when it confounded me, this rich, complicated drama about yearning, unpredictable men and women left me hungry for more. This year, the “Mad” men frequently yielded center stage to the show’s frustrated, fascinating women, who turned in stunning performances, and to supporting characters such as the lovable but heartbreaking Freddy Rumsen (Joel Murray). “Only connect,” E.M. Forster wrote. It’s never easy, but I look forward to watching Don Draper keep trying.
The Lafayette (of Louisiana) sees Mad Men as a metaphor for modern ambitions.
MSNBC sees Mad Men as predictive of coming styles. They’re not alone, of course.
Basket buddy Rolando of the Urbanite spotted a NYC sign that pays tribute to Mad Men.
Who will act with Elisabeth Moss now that Jeremy Piven has left Speed-the-Plow. Norbert Leo Butz and William H. Macy, according to AM New York. So, she’s in good company. And here’s bitchiness about Piven, including sarcasm from our dear sweet Elisabeth Moss! The same blogger (Hal Boedeker) who posted the bitchiness has also debunked Piven’s claim of mercury poisoning:
What about Jeremy Piven’s story of suffering mercury poisoning from eating too much sushi?
The Center for Consumer Freedom isn’t buying it.
“The entire medical literature doesn’t contain a single documented U.S. case of mercury poisoning from eating fish sold in restaurants and supermarkets,” said David Martosko, the center’s director of research. “Piven isn’t going to change that by making a convenient escape from a job he doesn’t like.”…
“Piven may not know it, but he’s playing games with Americans’ health,” Martosko said in a release. “Tall tales of mercury poisoning just make Americans afraid to eat fish, and that’s horrible for public health.”
But actor Fisher Stevens told the New York Post that he believes Piven. Stevens suffered from mercury poisoning earlier this year and said, “I believe him. His numbers are off the charts.” Stevens felt sluggish after eating fish four to five times a week.
TV.com lists Mad Men among the best ensemble casts of 2008. (Thanks to Basketcase Michelle.)
AMC is ordering a third original series”a political thriller”on the heels of the success of Mad Men and Breaking Bad.
Zap2It’s TV Gal makes Mad Men #1 on her top ten.
One NY Times columnist thinks Mad Men outshone most Hollywood movies this year. Another thinks season 2 wasn’t quite up to season 1, but was still “fantastic, while a third lists Don’s visit to Peggy in the psych ward as one of the most memorable scenes of the television year.
Some Mad Men holiday cheer from TV Squad.
Here’s a link to a podcast of Jon Hamm and Jimmy Kimmel discussing football. Thanks to Basketcase Mike A.
Stephen Armstrong of the London Times interviews Jon Hamm. (h/t Basketcase Helen)
I’ve never seen Melrose Place, so I don’t know whether or not this is cool. But I guess it’s cool that our Jan is getting the attention.
Gays on TV: Including Salvatore.
Last year, Bob Sassone wanted Mad Men swag for Festivus, and behold, there was swag. This year he wants Matt Weiner to do season 3. We’re hoping he’s on a streak.
Mad Men makeup artist Debbie Zoller loves Benefit cosmetics. So does Roberta.