Basket of News, Feb. 25 – Mar. 2, 2012

 Posted by on March 2, 2012 at 9:00 am  Media-Web-News
Mar 022012

The new, enigmatic Mad Men premiere poster stirred discussion all over the internets. The image is “a nonverbal representation of where my head is at and where the show will be,” Matt Weiner said.  Meanwhile, AMC responded to the controversy surrounding the show’s first teaser poster.

AMC has restarted its Inside Mad Men video series with “Where Season 4 Left Off” and “A Look at Season 5.”  The former is longer and perhaps more revealing.

Jon Hamm talks to Comcast’s ChannelGuide, trying to avoid spoilers and talking up Kiernan Shipka and Robert Morse.

Christina Hendricks talks Joan and more in her BlackBook cover story.  She wears leather and brandishes a weapon in V Magazine.

Jessica Paré made GQ’s Lust List. She talks about her various crushes in the accompanying video. [She’s digging the new Tommy Stinson album; I’m a longtime fan of The Replacements. -K]

Jon Hamm & Jennifer Westfeldt and January Jones all attended Vanity Fair’s Oscars bash, with JJ rocking the retro.

Downton Abbey will likely compete against Mad Men by switching to the Emmy race for Best Drama Series. [When Worlds Collide. It’s like they’re trying to kill Independent George. -K]

Kiernan Shipka, Vincent Kartheiser and Alison Brie turned up for the preview of the Banana Republic Mad Men spring capsule collection, hosted by Janie Bryant and Banana Republic creative director Simon Kneen.

Janie Bryant talks about some of her favorite MM dresses.

David Morrissey has been cast to play the villain in the third season ofThe Walking Dead.

Jon Hamm, Vincent Kartheiser, and Jared Harris all helped AMC promote showings of The Godfather and The Godfather: Part II.

Maureen Ryan speculates about ratings for the MM Season 5 premiere.

PaleyFest will be streaming the Mad Men panel via Livestream (and there is an app for that).  The free, ad-supported Hulu and Hulu Plus subscription services will stream panels starting March 15, after the festival concludes — but MM may not be among the on demand selections.

The American Federation of Musicians has reached an agreement with Lionsgate, producers of Mad Men.

Madrid-based, Argentinian illustrator Andres Martinez Ricci has created awesome paper dolls for Don Draper and Walter White.

Jane Maas wrote about her life as a Peggy Olson for The Guardian, and was interviewed by Salon.

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


  11 Responses to “Basket of News, Feb. 25 – Mar. 2, 2012”

  1. Quote from the Channel Guide interview of Jon Hamm explains how his life was in some ways similar to Dick Whitman’s.

    “Getting out of college and figuring out what to do was kind of tricky,” Hamm reflects. “At that point, both of my parents had died, and I didn’t really have anywhere to go back to.”

  2. I feel like with all of the people who were exposed to the show through Netflix streaming, that the season premiere numbers will be bigger than when Season 4 left off. Also, I just can’t imagine people who were fans of this show, “losing interest”. Who casually watches Mad Men, is that possible?

  3. Hamm on Letterman.

    • Follow up. Deadspin questions the veracity of one of his Letterman stories:

      Hamm responds:

      • As someone who both knows how old Jon Hamm is and follows baseball pretty closely, I knew what your links were referencing before I clicked on them. Yikes! I’m sure he wouldn’t intentionally imply that he was in college the same time as the much older Roger Clemens, because that’s something that’s so easily debunked. He just worded his story wrong. Still, that was awkward! Fun interview, though.

  4. My People- agree with your optimistic assessment!

    Ya’ll- Pete and Peggy’s hair looks funky. ????

    Could someone please refresh my memory….did season four end in 1964?

    I’ve been reading that season five will take up a year and a half later. ??

    • Vinnie does look like he’s losing his hair!

      • They are definitely having Pete lose his hair at some point this upcoming season. LOVE Peggy’s hair though…she looks so, for lack of a better word, sassy this season!

    • S4 ended in ’65. Don’s last visit with Anna was the end of ’64.

  5. I just posted my “big questions for season 5” blogpost, which also has links to my Season 4 recap and must see episodes from Seasons 1-4. Enjoy!

  6. I was looking at Pete & Peggy’s hairstyles as possible clues as to what they would be sporting a la season 5.

    I wondered if the hairstylist tried to simulate Peggy’s old do, so her season 5 one is new to us??

    Any photos of the cast I’ve seen this summer, I’ve scrutinized for possible clues….hard to tell.

    Can’t figure out Pete’s…..

    And Pegs DOES looks quite sassy!

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