Mad News, Nov. 6-13, 2010

 Posted by on November 13, 2010 at 10:00 am  Actors & Crew, Media-Web-News
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Experian Simmons finds that Mad Men viewers skew heavily Democratic.

Via BlackBook, Vincent Kartheiser talks about Pete Campbell’s au pair encounter at an “intimate dinner” with Rémy Martin 1738 and Janie Bryant:

Kartheiser is a perfect party guest. He gives great speeches, says what’s on everyone’s mind, breaks the ice first, gets a rise out of people, enjoys it all thoroughly, and may or may not go back to his hotel room with someone after it all (that’s all hearsay).

Mr. K also talked to the Mother Nature Network at the third annual Freedom Awards sponsored by Free The Slaves.

Janie Bryant was profiled in the New York Times magazine, as well as interviewed by the WaPo’s Express Night Out and the Associated Press.

Don Draper appeared in the cold opening for Conan O’Brien’s first show on TBS.  Conan interviewed Jon Hamm later in the week.

Jon also talked to CBS about Tina Fey, who received the Mark Twain Prize for Humor at the Kennedy Center this week.  He is Star‘s Sexiest Guy Alive… and USA Today speculates he may top People’s list when it is announced.

MSN has a bit of John Slattery’s guest shot on this week’s 30 Rock.

The “Don Draper Says What?” video gets remixed several times over.

A computer-generated Aaron Staton stars in the trailer for the upcoming videogame, L.A. Noire. [IIRC, other MM alums appear in the game, though not in this trailer -K]

The PopEater staff does dramatic readings from Sterling’s Gold.

Elisabeth Moss was captured by cameras at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards, held at Carnegie Hall.

Forbes offers “Sales Tips From Don Draper.”

AMC cancels Rubicon and orders a second season of The Walking Dead. [I eagerly await the "very special" Walking Dead Men crossover episode. --K]  The news has the Mpls. Star-Tribune wondering if AMC is Don Draper.

“MAD MEN BABES AT WAR!” — according to the ever-reliable National Enquirer. [Notable primarily as an indicator that MM continues to permeate into the broader culture. --K]

The BBC is producing The Hour, set in 1950s London and dramatizing the production of a topical news program at the dawn of modern television. Guess how people are describing it! [Remember, Sky Atlantic HD recently outbid the Beeb for Season 5 of MM. --K]

The Telegraph covers the Mad Men-inspired appetite for mid-century modern furniture.

Abigail Spencer joins the cast of The Haunting in Georgia.

The Screen Actors Guild said Thursday it had concluded a new agreement covering basic cable television programs.

AMC’s SVP of Marketing spoke with DIGIDAY about Mad Men’s brand-friendly marketing strategy. (h/t Basketcase CJ.)

Don Draper has cheezburger?

Mad News is compiled by Deborah and Karl — and Basketcases contributing in the sidebar.

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  7 Responses to “Mad News, Nov. 6-13, 2010”

  1. I always look forward to this!! Watched both John and Jon and enjoyed them both!! And I am waiting patiently ont he news that MM and Matt Weiner have both renewed for another season!! Thanks Karl, Deb and friends!!

  2. Re John Slattery on 30 Rock:

    Sweet fancy Moses. That man is funny. I finally had to put my glass down each time he was onscreen — he’s that good.

    Topical episode, too. I haven’t done the Joker Slow Clap in a long time, but this time, well … :)

    Long live 30 Rock!

  3. Could some please explain what that Blackbook interview with VK was about? He sits down to dinner with people and spontaneously starts making jokes about rape? I’m hoping that the writer seriously mangled the story because I can’t comprehend it.

  4. Taiga,

    The overall context of Kertheiser’s comments were addressed to explaining why Pete’s encounter with Gudrun looked more non-consensual when shot than Matt Weiner intended. Based on other interviews (and DVD commentary), I think his other comment was not intended as a joke about rape so much as a self-deprecating comment about his supposed lack of succcess with women. Granted, it was a far-from-ideal way of being self-deprecating, but (again, based on listening to him on other occasions) it’s something that looks a lot worse in isolation from the rest of his rather freewheeling stream of consciousness. Moreover, it’s possible – perhaps likely – that the comment was made after he had already discussed the Gudrun scene, such that the notion of non-consensual sex had already been lodged in the conversation. It would be far from the first time a writer pulled a provocative comment out of its full context and made it the lede of the story.

  5. “Moreover, it’s possible – perhaps likely – that the comment was made after he had already discussed the Gudrun scene, such that the notion of non-consensual sex had already been lodged in the conversation. It would be far from the first time a writer pulled a provocative comment out of its full context and made it the lede of the story.”

    That’s what was so baffling, that it made sense that the comment was made during or after discussion of that scene, but the writer deliberately made it look like it came first.

  6. Taiga, I was confused as well. I don’t think the piece was written well at all.

  7. What the hell does “it’s not rape after the first five minutes” mean?

    I’m really going to hope that that was taken dramatically out of context and was a comment about something awful that Pete or men of that era might think, because yeah, not okay. Even as a joke. Rape is not a punchline.

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