Mad News, Dec. 15-20, 2009

 Posted by on December 20, 2009 at 9:17 am  Actors & Crew, Awards, Matthew Weiner, Media-Web-News, Season 4
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Awesome EW interview with Matt Weiner which reveals that January Jones is back for S4.

You should also head to EW to vote for the best scripted show of the year.

The NY Times on Mad Men fashion.

Christina Hendricks and her new husband Geoffrey Arend threw a holiday bash at their downtown Los Angeles home, and People has her recipe for a Corzo Pumpkin Spice Cocktail. (via Peter G.)  Neil Patrick Harris posted a picture of himself with Christina.

Rich Sommer is among the cool guest stars appearing in Aimee Mann’s annual Christmas variety show.  Weird Al Yankovic posted a picture of himself with Rich, who is either playing the New Year or having a medical problem.

John Slattery makes a guest appearance on the Colbert Report (it’s towards the end, but the whole thing is necessary set-up).

A behind-the-scenes tour of Mad Men in Los Angeles is being auctioned for charity. The proceeds go to The New York Stage & Film Company, which is dedicated to both emerging and established artists in the development of new works for theater and film. The tour includes accommodations at The Thompson Hotel Beverly Hills for two nights.

Did You Hear About the Morgans gets a poor-to-middling review from the Washington Times, but Elisabeth Moss is called “excellent.” That seems to be the consensus.

In the Huffington Post, Laura Stepp talks about fatherhood, from Don Draper’s absentee work dad to Knocked Up.

Three Critics Talk about Mad Men and other shows. Great stuff.

Comcast launches XFinity, which is Hulu-like and apparently will include Mad Men. Woo!

Set decoration, Christmas, and Amy Wells of Mad Men.

Mad Men is an example of why a shorter television season (13 episodes rather than 22) may be better.

The Streets I Know, a vegan fashion blog, features Joan Harris.

Mad News compiled by Karl & Deborah.

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  13 Responses to “Mad News, Dec. 15-20, 2009”

  1. The item "The long and the short of TV series" refers to programs in the 60s running a 22-week season.

    I remember shows then having a 39-week season, with 13-weeks off for summer.

    It may be that I am mis-remembering, and maybe a drama series then DID run just 22-weeks (with just sitcoms or variety shows running 39-weeks), but back in the day, a TV season seemed like it ran from about mid-September to late May.

    Also, most shows back then were actually given an greater opportunity to actually establish an audience and a following, with 13-weeks being the norm.

    Other than a standard 39-week run, networks did sometimes offer programs that were "mid-season replacements," which usually kicked-off in late January,
    in time for the February ratings "Sweeps" period. "All In The Family" is an example of one of those mid-season replacement shows.

  2. Yes, I remember some 39-week seasons, too. Then they became 26-week. (I think some were 26-week all along.) Then some became 25, 24. It took quite a while to chisel them down to 22.

  3. Jon Hamm is hosting Saturday Night Live again in January. I'm wondering when it will be Slattery's turn? ;)

  4. Best MW quote from the EW interview:
    "Lisa Albert, one of my writers, says that Betty will go through this process while learning the least amount possible."

  5. I saw this on opening page of OregonLive this morning – Portlander's video earns her a walk-on role on "MadMen."
    http://www.oregonlive.com/movies/index.ssf/2009/1

  6. Matt seems enamored of Henry Francis. Is there a disconnect, or does he have things in store for Henry that we just haven't seen yet?

  7. # 6 – "Matt seems enamored of Henry Francis. Is there a disconnect, or does he have things in store for Henry that we just haven’t seen yet?"

    The field is wide open, when it comes to Henry Francis.

    Plot possibilities are endless, since we know virtually nothing about him (other than he's in a powerful political position and that he delivered furniture, when he was younger).

    Who knows what might be found as we explore his backstory? He could turn out to be even more dysfunctional than Don.

    And, there's also the part about Rockefeller not getting the GOP nomination in '64. How might that affect Henry's position/power? Would that make him less attractive to Betty?

    Personally, I think the whole Henry/Betty storyline is weak to begin with. At one point, he touches Betty's pregnant belly, then a few episodes later, they're jetting off to Reno, so she can divorce Don and marry Henry.

    As near as I can figure it, the main reason Betty is attracted to the guy, seems to be mainly based on the fact that he's not Don.

    About the only way MW and the writers could go from here, is to show just what a stupid move on Betty's part that is. Which may, of course, be the whole point of this exercise.

  8. I much prefer the shorter season, to be honest. I find it really hard to get into shows like 24 or House (I think 24 got kind of formulaic and dull after the second season, and I just don't get the appeal of House) that run for months and months with little payoff, in my mind.

    Glee is running for 20+ episodes, but the season's being broken up (good idea) and it feels like a good investment of time.

  9. Coop, great quote.

    In all fairness to Bets, I think that's the classic human response to life. :)

  10. Saw "Did You Hear About The Morgans" tonight. (It was much better than the reviews made it sound.) I didn't know about Elizabeth Moss being in it, so it was a pleasant surprise… she was adorable!

  11. @ 3 Shelly- I want to see Elizabeth Moss on SNL. I think it would be so cute to see her really work opposite her husband.

  12. Wow thanks for mentioning my vegan fashion post about Joan Harris. I'm a big fan of both Mad Men and your blog. Keep up the great work. Cheers!

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