[Note: There are a couple of items left out of the BoN this week in observance of the Basket's strict no-spoiler policy. Indeed, one of the stories is fairly widespread, but addressed something which Matthew Weiner specifically did not want disclosed. Fortunately, we are not lacking for other news on premiere eve eve. It's a Basket fit for a two-hour premiere, --K]
First, this Mad Men Season 5 fan trailer may be better than what AMC produced and ought to get you pumped for Sunday (as if further pumping was needed):
E! Online has photos from this Sunday’s premiere. [Is it wrong for a man to squee? -K]
Did you watch Tuesday’s TimesTalk with Matt Weiner, Jon Hamm, Christina Hendricks, John Slattery, January Jones, Vincent Kartheiser and Jared Harris? And a cameo appearance from Roberta and Deborah Lipp? It’s plenty tasty. Some folks had issues with the Fora TV feed, so maybe the NYT version will work better.
Speaking of the Times, Stuart Elliot wrote a piece on the March Madness of Madison Avenue as marketers, agencies and media companies scramble to capitalize on the hoopla over the return of Mad Men.
That NYT article mentions the special MM-themed issue of Newsweek — here’s the cover and Tina Brown’s intro. The site’s highlights include Eleanor Clift outing Elisabeth Moss as a smoker at the outset of her article on Mad Men and Working Women, George Lois (not a big fan of the show, iirc) discussing the art of the sell, a gallery of vintage Newsweek covers and ads, and a second gallery about the news of the era… (Retro ads are coming back in reality, too.)
Matt, Jon, January, and John talked to the Daily Beast at a Newsweek-hosted soiree.
CNBC interviewed Matt & Co. when they rang the bell opening the NYSE, momentarily leaving Jim Kramer speechless.
Jon, Elisabeth, Vincent, John and Kiernan all have separate interviews at The Guardian. Matt and the Mad Men and Women also visited the Today Show to talk about the hiatus, Jon Hamm’s reality TV kerfuffle (Vincent has his back) and more.
Rock Center with Brian Williams visited the Mad Men set, with first-half contributions from production folks like Dan Bishop, Christopher Brown, Claudette Didul, Johnny Youngblood, Ellen Freund, Janie Bryant, and a second half with Matt Weiner. Bonus clips feature Andre and Maria Jacquemetton, production assistant and researcher Allison Mann, and Matt Weiner. [I did not link to the aired segment because Brian Williams mentions that widespread spoiler, albeit in a mostly non-spoilery way. Suffice it to say that if you watch the bonus clips, you should be able to find the main segment yourselves. -K]
Alan Sepinwall and Dan Fienberg talk about the Mad Men premiere episode (and The Walking Dead finale) in their latest podcast. And here’s Alan’s pre-review, the conclusion of which will be the ringing of a bell for all Basketcases.
The L.A. Times pre-review is pretty good and mentions the widespread spoiler in a totally non-spoilery way.
The Paley Center has launched a video postcard app to promote that party the Lipps and other Basketcases are attending Sunday.
The Atlantic studies the foreign language of Mad Men.
John Slattery talks to the Wall Street Journal about his latest film project.
Christina Hendricks talks to Starpulse about Mad Men, moisturizer and moving.
Vincent Kartheiser talks to TV.com about Pete and when men start saying “no” to sex. He talks to Ad Age about Pete Campbell, reality TV, fast food, and social media. Plus, the downside of playing Pete.
Jared Harris talks to BuzzSugar about how he’s like Lane Pryce, and reveals which of his costars he spent downtime with in the off-season.
Robert Morse talks to TheaterMania about MM, wanting to be on Smash, and returning to Broadway.
Mason Vale Cotton, the new Bobby Draper did some red carpet interviews at the S5 premiere.
Janie Bryant talks to the New Orleans Times-Picayune about her approach to Season 5 and serving as a judge for Fashion Week New Orleans’ design competition. Janie is also featured at The Coveteur (a site that previously profiled Kiernan Shipka). Plus, Janie talks to Metro about the Banana Republic MM spring collection.
Pop Culture Pirate remixes our Mad Women with The Supremes.
Variety vet Peter Bart asks whether Mad Men can sustain its edge through Season 7.
At the NYT, Elisabeth Donnelly writes about watching Mad Men with he mother.
Update: As a companion to that piece, try Sarah-Jane Collins on Mad Men and the Women Who Love Them.
Sally Draper is profiled by Slate, which also blurbs the 8-bit Mad Men videogame. [Basketcase Mike notes that most of the start-date spoiler is in the Sally Draper piece. This is what happens when you read dozens of pieces... you get desensitized. -K]
The Atlantic asks whether Don Draper is really a “creative genius.” [I think the show goes out of its way to show that he is not all genius and that sometimes, even his good ideas get rejected by clients. -K]
Xfinity will offer Mad Men over the internet to customers and non-customers alike.
How groovy will Mad Men get? ’60s experts make predictions.
The Orange County Register relives Mad Men‘s 30 most shocking moments.
Mashable looks at Mad Men tech.
The Walking Dead Season 2 finale set a ratings record for the network, clocking a truly impressive 9 million viewers. It is the top-rated show in cable history among the adult demo. E! Online shows how the walkers stand up against broadcast shows.
HBO Watch thinks Mad Men would have been better on HBO. [I couldn't disagree more--D.]
Basket of News is compiled by Deborah and Karl — and Basketcases contributing in the sidebar.