Mad News, November 28 – December 4, 2010

 Posted by on December 4, 2010 at 10:00 am  Actors & Crew, Media-Web-News
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John Slattery sat for a one-on-one interview with Piers Morgan at Advertising Age’s Media Evolved conference, opining on topics from how long the series will go, to whether he admires or detests his character.

Jon Hamm was named Entertainment Weekly’s No. 2 Entertainer of the Year.

Rich Sommer appears in Funny or Die’s “We Are the World 25.75″ video.

Christina Hendricks talked to Grub Street about drinking scotch, her non-hiatus and cooking for holiday parties. But wait… there’s more from the WSJ and USAT’s Whitney Matheson.

Kristoffer Polaha (Carlton Hanson), who stars on the critically praised CW/CBS Studios drama Life Unexpected, has signed a rich talent holding deal with CBS and CBS Studios to topline a new project eyed for next fall.

Abigail Spencer has been cast in This Means War, an action comedy starring Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine and Tom Hardy.

In one of the week’s biggest media stoires, Nick Denton posted a long explanation of why Gawker Media’s sites are being redesigned, including an analogy to AMC and Mad Men.

Don Draper frames a lengthy BusinessWeek piece on how the smarter big ad agencies are adapting to the Internet and social media.

Which MM name moved up on BabyCenter’s Top 100 Baby Names for 2010? The answer may surprise you…

Ted Anthony of the AP writes about the many versions of the 60s, noting how Mad Men avoids the cliches.

Northwestern University has launched a MM-centric class on history and commercialism.

AMC announced that production has formally begun on The Killing, a crime mystery starring Mireille Enos, Billy Campbell, Michelle Forbes, which will premiere its 13-episode first season in March of 2011.

TV Squad’s Maureen Ryan named “AMC’s drama trifecta” as among the Best TV of 2010.

At the Wall Street Journal, Edward Jay Epstein writes that the rise of  shows like Mad Men “proceeds directly from the new economic realities of the entertainment business.”

This week’s trend for which the show gets credit? Tweed. And Janie Bryant is talking up hats.

The New York Times covers the city’s rising vintage barbershops.

Here’s a new one: Mad Men used to springboard a discussion of the college football Bowl Championship Series.

As Season 4 concluded on BBC Four, The Telegraph listed 20 of its most memorable quotes.

Don Draper: Don’t try this in real life. Or in college.

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  8 Responses to “Mad News, November 28 – December 4, 2010”

  1. Just read Christina’s interviews, and I think she looks beautiful, but I was surprised about her saying that MM will return to filming in May or June. Isn’t that late for the show? And doesn’t that mean the show would start later than July?

  2. I believe it was Sepinwall who said that he expects the show to start much later than previous seasons — I think the main reason was the new lineup at AMC is now more crowded and also if they want to keep Kiernan Shipka they need to give her time to age.

  3. In past seasons, depending on contract issues, the writers haven’t gotten started until MLK Day or even February. And a not-so-quick review of Twitter suggests that shooting started on April 12 last year.

  4. Following the protracted contract negotiations following Season 2, production started even later than mid April.

    Even early May to mid July should be more than enough to complete post production on more than one episode. However, this is Mad Men Logic. Matt Weiner insists on supervising every detail. When he is writing he cannot be in the edit suite. When he is in post production on one episode he cannot be writing other episodes, or even re-writing episodes.

    My guess is that Matt Weiner is not sharing his production plans with the press, even Sepinwall. Still, given the selection of other AMC series, I am sure there is logic to Mad Men Season Five starting far later than normal.

    A delay of almost 18 months did not harm the popularity of The Sopranos. This could even be a win-win for cast and the producers. Besides Matt Weiner, many principal cast contracts need to be negotiated. Nearly the entire cast have well-paid projects. It could work out that the cast can make some big pay days over the next few months, then return to MM at only a moderate increase in their quotes.

    In Hollywood there is a belief that originally Matt Weiner intended that Season 5 would take place in 1969. Then when AMC made it clear they wanted Season 6, the assumption is that that will take place in 1969 so that Season 5 could be earlier, perhaps 1966 going into 1967.

    Since MM is actually filmed in Los Angeles, they do not need to worry about actual snow slowing production.

    My own guess is that when Matt Weiner originally was thinking about the progress of MM through the 1960s, it was not realized that Kiernan Shipka would develop into such an experienced actress so quickly. As a consequence the role of Sally has been expanded. Perhaps way back the plan was to recast Sally as often as Bobby Draper. The popularity of Sally virtually locks Mad men into continuing to cast Kiernan in the role.

    Kiernan did mature and grow between Seasons 3 and 4. Her voice lost the lisp and she no longer had the baby fat in her face. Sure, there actually are some 14 year old high school girls who are not as tall as 5′ Still, the perception is that by 1968 Sally needs to be that tall. Given the changes in Kiernan a year ago, it could be Matt Weiner is taking a wait and see approach.

    Certainly before he outlines scripts he wants to be sure which principal cast will be available. Perhaps the way Kiernan develops will decide how large the leap forward for MM.

  5. In 2 of the 3 interviews CH gives, she says 2 different things. In one, she says filming would resume in May/June. In another, she says she has no idea when it would start because MM hadn’t been renewed yet, and she didn’t know anything.

    I am only guessing on this, but I would think The Walking Dead would have its premiere date around Halloween, since it debuted there to great numbers. And that’s AMC’s biggest show to date, ratings wise. But I would feel a whole lot better if we at least heard that the show, and Matt and co. are returning.

  6. I always did figure that what year (and month) we wound up with in S5 would depend mostly on Kiernan, and how old she would be able to play. I can’t remember ever seeing a comparable situation with another young actor; she’s quite the groundbreaker! She’s 11 this month; playing a character 12 to 13 (i.e. putting us in late ’66 into ’67) might not be too much of a stretch, but you wonder how many more 1-year jumps they can get away with.

  7. I hope the next season will be in ’66, and that MM won’t end after season six. As Slattery suggested in his interview:

    “First things first. Slattery suggested AMC’s “Mad Men” may only have 26 episodes left. The recently completed season went through 1965. And Slattery said he expects next season to go until 1968, with a final season until 1970.”

    I have really enjoyed the detailing of life in this period, and I really don’t want MM to rush ahead too quickly. No other show has ever been this precise in it’s historical recreation. I wish it could stay in the ’60s for at least 2 more seasons. I realize that Kiernan’s maturity is a factor, but I agree with Meowser, I wonder how many more 1-year jumps they can get away with too? I understand how MW likes to jump ahead and let you figure out things as the seasons progress, but there are some storylines happening now that I’d like to see played out. I’d like to see Don’s wedding to Meg, and Joan’s pregnancy and baby birth (with both Roger and Greg’s reactions). I want to see Pete and Peggy ascend, not just see them at the top and wonder how they get there.

  8. Maybe it’s because I’ve been a fan of John Slattery since “Homefront”, and a fan of Detroit Iron since before then, but the Lincoln Mercury ads he’s been doing are some of the classiest ads ever.

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