The news cycle escalated quickly mid-week,to put it mildly. BoK fave Maureen Ryan has a two-part interview of Jon Hamm by , covering the Season 5 posters, directing, Don, Peggy, Betty, Joan, the ways in which Mad Men is and is not like The Wire and more. Maureen Ryan also scored an interview with Matt Weiner.
Jon is not only directing a bit this season, but is also a producer.
Matt, Jon, John Slattery, Elisabeth Moss, Christina Hendricks, January Jones, Vincent Kartheiser and Jared Harris all talk to TV Guide about gearing up for the season and famous fans of the show.
Matt, Jon, John, Vincent, Jared and Rich Sommer talk to Entertainment Weekly, as do Elisabeth, Christina and January. [Many of the same questions to the Mad Men and Women, giving it a bit of a Newlywed Game vibe. -K]
ABC’s Nightline visited Mad Men — here’s the aired segment. But wait, there’s more! Chris Connelly toured the SCDP offices with Matthew Weiner (and…)
Plus, video interviews with bus-riding Vincent and slouchy Slattery. ABC also talked to Jon, John and January about the show’s fashion. Furthermore, a slideshow and a cute bit about the actors’ real life loves.
Rock Center with Brian Williams teases its MM piece coming March 21.
The PaleyFest panel on Mad Men is not streaming at Hulu… yet. However, there are lovely pictures at Livestream and a clip at the Paley Center. There are also capsule recaps from Alan Sepinwall and BoK’s SueB. January Jones talked MM, The Hunger Games and motherhood with Access Hollywood.
Fora TV will live stream a similar chat with Matt, Jon, January, John, Jared and Vincent, moderated by New York Times culture reporter Dave Itzkoff, next Tuesday, March 20th at 6:30 p.m. ET.
It seems like forever, but there have been at least 10 TV shows that were off the air longer then Mad Men.
Jared Harris talks to The Independent about Jon Hamm’s directorial debut, his hell-raising father, beating Brad Pitt and Daniel Day-Lewis to film roles, and the harrowing sadness of his divorce.
Alison Brie confirms Trudy returns for more Mad.
And then there was this: Jon told Elle UK, “Whether it’s Paris Hilton or Kim Kardashian or whoever, stupidity is certainly celebrated. Being a f**king idiot is a valuable commodity in this culture because you’re rewarded significantly.” IIRC, he’s made similar remarks before. This time, Kardashian responded, calling his remarks “careless.” Jon replied, “What I said was meant to be more on pervasiveness of something in our culture, not personal, but she took offense to it and that is her right.” ExtraTV has related video, with a little more MM teasing.
Jennifer Westfeldt talks to GQ about sex, marriage, and living with the Legend of Don Draper.
The San Francisco Chronicle has pics from the Mad Men Season 5 premiere in L.A.
The Walking Dead showrunner Robert Kirkman talks to Michael Ausiello about last week’s shocker and teases the Season 2 finale.
AMC released another Mad Men trailer. [Imho, not as strong as the others. -K]
Pop Culture Pirate remixes QueerMen: Don Loves Roger.
Esquire’s Elizabeth Gunnison tried the Roger Sterling Diet.
Suddenlink Communications subscribers avoided losing access to AMC Networks programming.
Slate hosts a discussion of Mad Men and Black America.
Nelle Engoron let us know her ebook, Mad Men Unmasked: Decoding Season
4, is available for $2.99 (or free for Prime members) on the Amazon Kindle Store. There’s a free sample available also.
Meredith O’Brien found Greg Smith’s splashy New York Times op-ed, “Why I Am Leaving Goldman Sachs,” similar to Don Draper’s splashy NYT ad, “Why I’m Quitting Tobacco.” [She only alludes to the common narcissism. -K]
Gather covers a Mad Men wedding.
Matt Weiner sold his house.
Basket of News is compiled by Deborah and Karl — and Basketcases contributing in the sidebar.