Jan 262010

Matt Weiner gave pre-Globes interviews to the Fort Worth Telegram’s Pop Blog.  and the Dallas Morning News.  Matt also pops up in an L.A. Times piece on TV’s auteurs.

Basketcase SmilerG passes along a link to “The Century of the Self,” a four-part BBC documentary about Sigmund Freud and his nephew Edward Bernays, who was the first to use psychological techniques in advertising.

Matt Weiner says don’t imitate Don Draper. Duh.

Photographer Michael Williams passes along a preview of a Mad Men-themed shoot coming in April to Haute Doll magazine.

The Daily Mail has a fresh interview with January Jones that is a lot more open-feeling than most of these.

AMC is developing a miniseries about White House scandals of the past. They are also doing The Walking Dead, which is about zombies.

Mad Men is an example of the importance of the business lunch, and there’s a new book about that very thing.

Golden Globes Fug: The Fug Girls think Elisabeth Moss looks pregnant in her gown which, even though I think it’s a very pretty gown, is actually the first thing I thought. Meanwhile, they Fab Christina and Fug January, which I’m kinda also on board with. Hated the headband: Sorry, January.

Meanwhile, ratings for the Golden Globes were up, which is cool given how we previously linked to article blaming Mad Men and other “obscure” shows for lower ratings last year. Not only that, the Mad Men private viewing party was “the place to be.” Although January Jones was at the HBO after-party.

Here’s the third and final part of the Pipes Magazine interview with Michael Gladis.

Jezebel has a cute piece on candid reaction faces at the Golden Globes, including a funny Christina Hendricks.

USA Today’s Whitney Matheson named her top ten beards at the Golden Globes. Jon Hamm makes the list, as does Vincent Kartheiser (pictured with the clean-shaven Alison Brie). And Gossip.ie asks Hamm beard or no beard?

Matt Weiner has weighed in on the Hamm beard.

January Jones was spotted leaving a Golden Globes after-party with… Jeremy Piven.

A couple of pics from the SAG Awards red carpet — of John Slattery kicking it off and Robert Morse, whose prayers were answered.

The whole cast accepts their award. And the cast reacts to their award.

John Slattery was mistaken for his son’s grandpa.

With Season 3 debuting in the UK this week, The Guardian offers tips for holding a Mad Men party and asked a panel of media experts, “Which Mad Men character would you like to be and why?”

The Independent also assembled a team of writers to essay what makes Mad Men so special.

The Telegraph juxtaposes the world of Mad Men with the world of iThings.

Has Mad Men fueled the growth of micro-distilleries? Seems unlikely…

An essay at Lawyers, Guns and Money compares Don Draper to Emma Bovary.

The University of Illinois is hosting a Mad Men symposium (of sorts) in February.

City Journal reviews 1959: The Year Everything Changed, a book by Fred Kaplan:

[I]t’s like that other recent homage to the era Kaplan recounts, television’s Mad Men”and like it, too, in that it seldom lets preachy social commentary interfere with telling a good story…

Jon Hamm is returning to host SNL on January 30th.

Jon Hamm premiered his latest movie, Howl, at the Sundance Film Festival. PopSugar has video of Jon and Jennifer Westfeld.

Jared Harris (Lane Pryce) gets good notices for his film role, in Extraordinary Measures. And Sam Page (Dr. Greg Harris) has landed a role on Desperate Housewives.

Chicago playwright Keith Huff (“A Steady Rain”) has just signed a deal to become one of the writers for Mad Men.

Don Draper features in a Times of London piece on “Why we love TV’s anti-heroes.”

Martin Short watches only two TV shows: Guess what one of them is.

The Red Book Dialogues are experimental and experiential psychological art. Matt Weiner participates on February 6.

This near-infinite edition of Mad News compiled by Karl and Deborah.


  18 Responses to “Mad News, January 19-25, 2010”

  1. Here's a great picture of Christina with her Geoffrey at the afterparty!

  2. http://www.jon-hamm.org/gallery/thumbnails.php?al

    My friend texted me last night saying that he saw Jon Hamm was at the Rangers game.

  3. However, he didn't mention John Slattery….hah.

  4. Totally missed the SAG awards, but so happy our beloved cast won again. Can anyone tell me who the woman is at the far right edge of the photo of Hamm (and cast) accepting the award? Looks like it could be January, but I thought I read that she didn't attend. Just curious. Thanks.

  5. Not January. It's Alexa Alemanni (Allison).

  6. Deborah – I'm inquiring about the woman you can barely see in the light blue dress at the furthest edge of the photo. Isn't Alexa (Allison) next to Christina?

  7. <a href="http://www.daylife.com/photo/00uC0O77wW165?q=Screen+Actors+Guild+Awards&quot; rel="nofollow">Another wonderful SAG shot — though no mysterious woman in light blue.

  8. That AMC White House scandals series sounds really cool. Man, good on AMC! They're potentially becoming the new HBO at the rate they're going.

  9. Light Blue Dress is Christina Applegate….she was presenting that award, I think.

  10. Ah, yes, light blue is Applegate, Alexa is next to Christina.

  11. I had to chuckle in the article about John Slattery – when my daughter was in kindergarten, her classmates thought I was her grandmother…cuz I've had pure white hair since my 30s…tried to color it for a few years, but it never 'stuck'. So, here I am…with white hair again..altho I've got a coupla years on John. 🙂

  12. Thanks Leslie and Deborah.

  13. Didn't see this linked to in your list – apparently Sal is gone for good:

    From a TV Guide article:

    We don’t murder people on our show, but for there to be any stakes, there have to be consequences,” says creator Matthew Weiner, a former Sopranos scribe who has killed at will. Losing Bryan, he says, “was a tough moment for the show, but that’s where we are. I know how people felt about Bryan. I obviously love working with him, and he has been an indelible character since the pilot. But I felt it was an expression of the times that he couldn’t work there anymore. It’s the ultimate case of sexual harassment.”

    The really sad part is that no one has formally informed Bryan Batt.

  14. I just saw that and am so bummed. Also saw at the same time (sorry, can't remember where) that Aaron Staton (Ken Cosgrove) is coming back for S4. No word on any others. The suspense of waiting until August might just kill me.

  15. Will Jon be sporting his beard when he hosts a new Saturday Night Live on January 30th? Has anyone seen him around 30Rock this week?

  16. Cool BBC promo for Mad Men:

  17. Christina "Dazzles" at Directors Guild. Gorgeous!

  18. I think this might make for an interesting plot, considering SC's work with Israel is the past. http://www.snopes.com/cokelore/israel.asp

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