Mad News, April 30-May 6, 2011

 Posted by on May 6, 2011 at 9:00 am  Actors & Crew, Awards, Media-Web-News
May 062011

Rich Sommer gives a wonderful interview to Entertainment Weekly. [Teaser: He often invited Elisabeth Moss and Michael Gladis to his house to watch Season 4. -K]

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Gail Pennington suggests Mad Men will return next March… or July 2012.  But she may have misheard.  Jon Hamm says filming starts this July and is expected to premiere in March 2012.

Jon Hamm & Kristen Wiig talk to Access Hollywood about their wild sex scene in Bridesmaids.  On a more serious note, here’s not one but two tweeted photos of Jon at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.  JH made the cut for the most exclusive VIP chill zone of the dinner weekend — the pre-dinner reception with the president at the Hilton.  He was also chatted up by Sen. Scott Brown, whom Hamm spoofed on SNL.

January Jones, Alison Brie and Christina Hendricks all appear in Maxim magazine’s Hot 100 for 2011. [BTW, if you did not see Alison Brie on Community last night, you should seek it out. A star turn for her. -K]

January Jones shows a baby bump in recent pictures.  Aaron Staton thinks JJ will be “a great mother.” [She certainly has had a course in what not to do. -K]  Aaron is getting a fair number of press mentions related to the release of the L.A. Noire videogame, in which he has a lead role (other MM-ers also appear).

Christina Hendricks made Glamour magazine’s Best Dressed Women poll and turned up for the Costume Institute Benefit Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.  She and husband Geoffrey Arend made’s third annual list of the 100 Hottest Celebrity Couples.

Mad Men was among the television shows and movies honored at the 15th annual PRISM Awards, which recognize the accurate portrayal of substance abuse, addiction and mental health issues.

Most Emmy pundits are predicting Mad Men will win a fourth consecutive Emmy for Best Drama Series.   The Envelope’s Tom O’Neil firgures William H. Macy will face off against Jon Hamm for Best Actor.

After a long absence, Robert Morse issued a couple of tweets.  One notes his daughter and her kids met Daniel Radcliffe at the new production of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.  The other notes his son’s proficiency at the videogame Portal (which got a MM-style video here at Mad News last week).

Andre and Maria Jacquemetton’s The Enclave — a limited series about a family who moves to a new community, where nothing is what it seems — is headed to the USA Network.

This week’s odd, MM-themed style news involves… the Borsalino hat, a wide-brimmed black felt fedora commonly worn by Orthodox and Hasidic Jewish sects.

Mad Men’s iconic opening titles are used for a demo of CSS3’s animation capabilities.

AMC dropped a trailer for its upcoming Western drama, Hell On Wheels.

Rainbow Media — soon to be called AMC Networks — witnessed big advertising growth in the first quarter.

BBC One is set to commission longer-running drama series, in the mould of American shows such as The Wire and Mad Men, after its new controller Danny Cohen said that they are “something to aspire to.”

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


  5 Responses to “Mad News, April 30-May 6, 2011”

  1. I wonder how JJ’s pregnancy will affect S5 ? Will she be less prominent until after the baby is born or will her pregnancy become part of the plot ?

  2. rl1856,

    One piece I read (and I don’t recall if I linked it) contained only a single sentence stating that no decision had been made on those questions.

  3. Hell on Wheels! Hell on Wheels!

  4. Another Christina Hendricks episode of “Firefly” is on syfy channel tonight. It will repeat at 1a.m. Eastern and will also be seen next Sunday evening. Episode title is “Trash.”

    It’s fun to see CH as she appeared eight years ago, the character looking young and vulnerable, yet actually tough and scheming.

    If you’ve never seen this show, it was a combination of space opera and frontier western, with a lot of sly humor. Too bad it lasted only a couple of seasons; probably too expensive to produce.

  5. Re: Emmy Awards. I think it’s probably a safe bet Mad Men wins again for Best Drama.

    And this year, there’s no Bryan Cranston to take Best Actor in a Drama again! (No offense to Bryan, Breaking Bad is awesome and he is extra-great, but seriously it’s getting a little ridiculous now he keeps winning).

    Seeing Bridesmaids with two couples getting married in a few months. I look forward to a female-friendly Apatow flick and Hamm killing it comedically.

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