The Season 5 premiere of Mad Men was the most-watched episode of the series, up 21% over last season’s debut and up 17% in the 25-54 demographic. “A Little Kiss” also sparked big social media chatter. Ad Age notes the show is great art, but not a great ad draw. The Atlantic Wire explains why ratings are a small part of The Mad Men Economy.
Speaking of singing, much of the coverage of “A Little Kiss” centered on the star turn of Jessica Paré on “Zou Bisou Bisou” (now available via iTunes and on limited edition vinyl). Here’s her post-premiere presser, with more about the episode with AMC and Entertainment Weekly. Meanwhile, Vulture has the musical history of the song, with a bit more at The Film Experience.
Vulture also examines “What’s Really Happening When Mad Men‘s Characters Sing.”
Jessica Paré talks more broadly about Megan with Alan Sepinwall. At TIME, James Poniewozik writes about Megan as a storytelling device. Megan is just part of a Slate TV Club series on “A Little Kiss” also discussing Joan, Pete and Lane.
“A Little Kiss” began with a scene ripped from the headlines, albeit 1966′s headlines.
Vincent Kartheiser was in Milford, NH, last Sunday morning at the Good Loaf bakery promoting the Season 5 premiere. VK talks leisure time at the NYT. And he talks Pete Campbell in a Rolling Stone video.
John Slattery talks to Alan Sepinwall about Roger’s position in the agency, his reaction to a Joan’s return to the office, John’s experience directing his third episode this season, and Jon Hamm’s experience directing his first.
Jon Hamm was once asked to father a child by a friend who was desperate to have a baby. [I'm guessing more than once, including by strangers. -K] Kelly Lynch remembers Jon as a hunky bartender. JH also did the webseries 7 Minutes of Heaven. He also talks around the Season 5 premiere at Zap2it. There’s a preview of JH’s upcoming interview with Esquire UK at the Daily Mail. Further DigitalSpy has 10 things to know about Jon [Veteran Basketcases likely know them, but we always hope for new readers. -K]
January Jones told The Times of London’s Culture magazine that Betty Francis is harshly judged and today’s parents are too uptight about raising children. [Xander would look sooo cute in a dry cleaning bag. -K] Also, JJ is eating her placenta.
Bids are flying on eBay for a Mad Men walk-on role, which includes a VIP set tour from executive producer Scott Hornbacher. [As I write this, the current bid is $20,000. -K]
The Mad Men Power Rankings return at Grantland, which also ran a piece on MM and the twilight of the Golden Age of Television.
At the Paris Review, Adam Wilson writes Don Draper that It’s a Wonderful Life.
Scott Eric Kaufmann frames Sally and Don Draper in “A Little Kiss.”
The Collegian examines how Mad Men sold nostalgia to the iPhone generation. [Jon Hamm had a different take on the show's appeal to the young during the pre-premiere TimesTalk. -K]
MTV mulls 10 lingering mysteries after “A Little Kiss.”
Refinery 29 surveys the Real Mad Men of NYC.
The Spectator’s Arts Blog has a small and funny complaint about the return of Mad Men.
College Humor gives 10 Reasons The Walking Dead Should Just Kill Carl.
Owen Wilson, Zach Galifianakis are set to star in Matthew Weiner’s feature film directorial debut (possibly with Amy Poehler).
Joel Stillerman, AMC’s senior vice president of original programming and production, talks to Canada’s National Post about The Killing.
AMC has a trailer for The Pitch online. The show officially starts April 30, but there is a sneak preview on April 8, following MM and The Killing. AMC President Charlie Collier spoke about the show at the American Association of Advertising Agencies’ annual meeting, held this year in Los Angeles.
Charlie Collier also talked to THR about Mad Men, The Walking Dead, The Killing and more. [I have it on good authority that he is much taller than he looks in his pictures. -K]
Toots Shor’s, a Mad Men setting, is the subject of a new book.
Finally: Downton Arby’s.
Basket of News is compiled by Deborah and Karl — and Basketcases contributing in the sidebar.