Mad News, August 29-September 4, 2010

 Posted by on September 4, 2010 at 11:05 am  Actors & Crew, Media-Web-News
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Matt Weiner, Janie Bryant and Amy Wells snag No. 43 on Vanity Fair’s annual list of the 100 most inflential people of the Information Age.  Mr. Weiner also got in trouble for speculating about an end date for the show.

The AV Club has an outstanding discussion of spoilers, using Mad Men and the NY Times fiasco as its central example.

An interesting advertising then (Mad Men) & now (real life) article in the Vancouver Sun.

Core77 picks the pics from the Rolling Stone cover story that juxtapose Mad Men with modern tech.

Christina Applegate plans to spend her pregnancy catching up on Mad Men.

Reflecting on television shows that shape fashion.

Mad Men is all over TWOP’s Tubey Awards.

Mad Men’s dumbest decisions.

Confessions of a Mad Men Virgin.

Maureen Tucker Ryan (love her) is over at TVSquad, explaining why Season 4 may be her favorite and giving a breakdown of the first six episodes.

TV Guide is Mad about Miss Blankenship; Randee Heller talks to USA Today about playng her.

Technician notes that Mad Men is leading the advance of independent network TV — And Randee Heller shows up there, too.

Great Dad contemplates Don Draper as a father.

True Blood cast dumps HBO party for Mad Men Bash (the headline says it all)!

Jon Hamm is returning to 30 Rock!

Christina Hendricks still struggles to find designer dresses to wear.

Bryan Batt coming back? [It’s a rumor, not a spoiler. -K]

John Slattery is this week’s AMC Q&A subject.

Entertainment Tonight features the real and fictional fashion of Mad Men’s finest.  It’s an indicator of the gradual mainstreaming of the show.

According to Variety, Mad Men is helping Lionsgate from falling into the hands of Carl Icahn.

Nerve has a video tracing the evolution of Peggy Olsen.

Rich Sommer hints that the current fourth season is about “consequences.”

Petyon List is still a Baltimore girl at heart.

Froma Harrop suggests the cultural codes of the Sixties makes the falls from grace in Mad Men more compelling.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer asked local Mad Men (and a Mad Woman) from the era about the show.

Fast Company looks at how the Mad Men cast and crew have moved ito real advertising and merchandising.

The Carousel pitch leads a NY Times piece about content producers like Lionsgate making money on YouTube.

Flavorwire features Mad Men characters… and their 90210 counterparts.


  12 Responses to “Mad News, August 29-September 4, 2010”

  1. Maureen Ryan surely? But I like the idea of reviews written by Mo Tucker of the Velvet Underground.

  2. Matt Weiner, as well as AMC, well-know the P T Barnum theory "All publicity is good publicity so long as your name is spelled correctly"

    Maybe MW did think he was off the record, because when Mad Men first started he had been quoted as saying he was planning five seasons, ending the story during 1969.

    The April flap gave MW, Lionsgate and AMC many opportunities to issue press releases with additional information about Mad Men, especially about release of Season 3 DVD and BluRay, as well as the Season 4 debut. All things considered, it was an excellent example of the power of press agents!

  3. What an interesting article in "The Cleveland Plain Dealer"

    They make the statement of fact that during the 1960's and 1970's, Cleveland was the third largest ad market in the USA behind only NYC and Chicago. Possibly that is true.

    However, the CPD did not provide any citation for that statement. There are no such thing as audited billing figures, so how can anyone be sure? Have ad agencies been caught inflating their billings just as they claim additional floors of offices?

    The fact is that during the period from 1960 to 1980, a whole lot of ads were billed by agencies in Philadelphia, Atlanta, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Cincinnati and other places.

    On Mad Men it is said that Honda was not happy at Grey. The fact is it was Southern California creative ad shops that held most of the auto business from Japan. Grey was best known as P&G's go to agency.

    Of course this is all about Mad men. Burt Cooper said it all "So what!" Still, it is one thing for MM to make a wild statement. Generations have held the CPD to a higher standard.

  4. Very cool interview from Peyton List! I knew she was a Baltimore girl (as am I), but didn't realize she was a big Ravens fan (as am I). Way to represent B-more, Peyton! She sounds like the anti-Jane Sterling in her real life, which is very refreshing.

  5. Randee Heller looks great in that picture on the USA Today website. Much more hip than Miss Blankenship, although Miss Blankenship is hip in her own way, of course. "YOUR DAUGHTER'S PSYCHIATRIST CALLED!"

  6. Matt was upset at the NY Times? Pot kettle black. He was dropping spoilers whenever it served his purpose.

    I can see not sending out screeners to protect plot points, and we have had some good twists the past few weeks that would have been tempting for people to spoil. But don’t blame a newspaper when you were doing it yourself. I’ll bet that was always the plan, to cut off spoilers once things got interesting.

  7. I have a few more “dumbest things” to put on the the list and I would disagree with some of the things that made their list. Who could forget the drycleaning bag on Sally or Duck’s fall off the wagon or Don’s taking off without bringing Sally’s cake home or Don’s leaving Rachel or Betty’s setting up her friend or Don’s liaison with Sally’s teacher or Pete’s lending out Trudy to get an article published… that’s all I got so far.

  8. #8 Help4 – I thought it was Rachel who told Don to get lost once when he told her he wanted to leave everything behind and split with him. She lost respect for him or chickened out depending on how you look at it.

  9. Oh, the irony! The networks get all out of sorts when the creator mentions when the story may end. And yet, the network leaves the creator wondering, even after a season has completed, if the show will even be renewed for the next season.

    Among the many strokes of genius the writers have managed with Mad Men, I can’t imagine anything more challenging than ending season 1 wondering whether the show would continue- and how to walk that razor’s edge with the season finale.

  10. Hey Josie, of course you are right. I always thought, though, that if Don could be the man Rachel thought he was, he could have done what she wanted and have been with her honestly, in the open.

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