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Matthew Weiner talked to Vulture about The Playboy Club, Pan Am, and his relationship with AMC.  Pandagon’s Amanda Marcotte uses the interview as a springboard to arguing there may really not be an audience for true period shows.

Matt, Jon Hamm, Christina Hendricks, Elisabeth Moss, John Slattery, Aaron Staton and Vincent Kartheiser will host a fundraiser for Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center’s Rape Treatment Center this Sunday, at the Beverly Hills estate of magnate Ron Burkle.

AMC will air the full 47-minute versions of Mad Men Season 5, icymi.

At a pre-Emmys party, Elisabeth Moss and Randee Heller talked about January Jones and her newborn son.  Matthew Weiner and Jon Hamm feature in Emmy videos at the link.  Matt and Janie Bryant have JJ-related comments at the omg! blog.  Matt also says the MM team is more than ready to accommodate January as she learns to juggle acting and being a first-time mom.

Jon Hamm denied a scurrilous rumor spread by Matt Weiner that the Mad Men cast was going to be hungover and unproductive the day after the show’s Emmy win.

Christina Hendricks can sell dresses; just ask Johanna Johnson, who designed CH’s gorgeous Emmywear.  Geoffrey Arend says his wife sometimes brings Joan home from the SCDP office.  Christina confirms that in an interview with The Guardian, including a great nugget about what happened as an immediate result of taking a role on Mad Men.  She is understandably tired of discussing her figure… but Matt Weiner will discuss his.  Christina also talked to The Film Experience about her role in Drive (with spoilers).

Cara Buono was surprised — and delighted — by all the congratulatory calls she received after the Emmys.  Cara also promoted a cause by wearing Fonderie 47 earrings to the big show.

Randee Heller did an pre-Emmys segment on All Things Considered, discussing what Ida Blankenship has meant to her.

Janie Bryant has style tips for the Wall Street Journal.

Mark Moses will guest on an episode of The Closer.

NPR’s Fresh Air has segments with Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul and show creator Vince Gilligan.

MTV (via Vulture) has a teaser trailer for Season 2 of The Walking Dead.

AMC is officially launching Talking Dead after the October 16 premiere of The Walking Dead, then after Friday’s “encore” performances of TWD.

AMC Networks CEO Josh Sapan talks about balancing critical acclaim with bottom-line success.

The New Republic, after reading Ron Suskind’s new book, Confidence Men: Wall Street, Washington, and the Education of a President, compares the Obama White House to Mad Men.

Richard Cohen opines on “Mad Men and the end of the American Dream.”

This week’s MM-inspired trend journalism is about… whiskey.

Marshall Fine: Is it too early to call the new fall TV season a wash-out?

Naturi Naughton talks about The Playboy Club with the Canadian Press.

Bob Shaw, the production designer for “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes,” was brought on as production designer on Pan Am.

Ad Man William Manfredi writes that modern agencies need to look after their Peggy Olsons.

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


  6 Responses to “Basket of News, Sept. 17-23, 2011”

  1. Great “issue” of Mad News. Thanks to all who contributed!!!

  2. Check out the Mad boys rockin’ the skinny ties in the next season!

  3. “We’ll find a way for her to be the most modern mommy in the world while playing one of the most primitive on TV,” he said.”

    Of course. Never forget that the only point to Betty is villainizing her for being a mother. God forbid there ever be any other aspect to her character.

  4. Betty is not a good mother, but I don’t think she is villainized for it. She’s just not very mature. And it’s not like anyone else on the show comes off all that well, except maybe Ken.

  5. Anyone watch Pan Am? Production was beautiful– story was schlock.

  6. @ruthiej

    Production was indeed beautiful! I don’t mind the story that much, I actually sat through the 50 minutes. I watched it on Hulu after I watched Terra Nova on TV. I guess just by comparison, everything looks good after that 2 hours.

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