Sep 022011

At Vulture: “After All Its Behind-the-Scenes Drama, What’s Really Going On at AMC?”

AMC is actively mulling a Watch What Happens-like talk show designed to air after signature dramas such as The Walking Dead and Mad Men, and it’s hired the same production company behind Bravo’s hit to produce it. io9 has suggestions for the proposed show.

The Walking Dead Season 2 premiere will be 90 minutes long; the season will be split into two halves, with the second half premiering in February 2012.

AMC officially greenlit two reality shows: Kevin Smith’s Secret Stash, as well as JJK Security.

GoldDerby picks Mad Men as the favorite to win the Best Drama Emmy, considers Jon Hamm a formidable frontrunner for Best Actor in a Drama and considers whether Elisabeth Moss can best Julianna Margulies for Best Actress. makes the case for ElisabethZap2It has John Slattery as a dark horse for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama.  The L.A. Times ponders a fourth win for Mad Men as compared to past four-time winners.

Something you don’t see every day: Jon Hamm and Marilyn Manson.  Jon reportedly couldn’t have seemed less interested in the X-rated acrobats onstage at the party, and hung out with John Slattery in a corner booth throughout much of the show.

John Slattery lends his voice to The Simpsons this season, according to Hank Azaria.

There’s more Vincent Kartheiser in the international trailer for In Time.

Alison Brie has heard she may be able to work on Season 5 of Mad Men, but is terrified to elaborate.

Janie Bryant will be the spokeswoman for Downy Wrinkle Releaser.  Mad Men costumes go on exhibition in Australia.

Michael Gladis stars in A Wink of the Eye, playing in the DC Shorts Festival this month.  Trailer at the link.

The Playboy Club (the club, not the TV show) is returning to Chicago after a two-decade hiatus.

At Macleans, Janie Weinman contemplates an end for Mad Men.

Robert Redford’s Sundance Channel has picked up multiple seasons of  Mad Men for broadcast in Asia and Europe.

Advice from Bobbie Barrett leads a business column at ForbesWoman.

Lauren Hutton shares a Mad Men-esque moment from her modeling career.

The New York Post reports that TV has Draper Fever and looks at real-life mod fashion.

Pan Am reportedly spent $10 million on its pilot. [Meaning the show, not the guy flying the planes. -K]

The Playboy Club creator/executive producer/writer Chad Hodge tells Chicago magazine the show is more like Cabaret or Chicago than it is like Mad Men.

Carl Icahn has given up on his hostile takeover of Lions Gate.

Saatchi & Saatchi’s chief creative officer talks to Business Insider about the latest generation of Mad Men.

Domino’s Pizza has announced plans to open the first pizza restaurant on the Moon.  And when Domino’s asks for the moon…

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


  5 Responses to “Basket of News, August 27 – September 2, 2011”

  1. That photo of Hamm and Manson is a little surreal.

  2. I am so watching Secret Stash.

  3. That trailer for In Time had a lot of Pete Campbell’s Bitch Face™. It adds 20% disagreeability to any organisation.

  4. With Walking Dead and Secret Stash airing back to back February 12 – March 18, can we surmise that the Mad Men Season 5 premiere would be Sunday, March 25? I was really hoping for early March, but I don’t think AMC would begin Mad Men until Walking Dead is wrapped up for the season.

  5. Sundance Channel, like the newly-commercialized IFC (and I’m guessing that the commercialization of Sundance is also not far away) is now owned by AMC. It’s no longer got anything to do with Robert Redford. In Europe and Asia it’s an HD channel, and I think differs a lot from the US channel.

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