André & Maria Jacquemetton participated in Slate’s discussion of “Signal 30,” discussing the process in the writers’ room, but particularly as it relates to Both “Signal 30″ and “Mystery Date.”
“Signal 30″ put a lot of media focus on Pete Campbell and Vincent Kartheiser. Vincent spoke to Slate specifically about the episode, and more broadly to AMC (including the characters he wishes he could play) and IGN. VK also talks to Digital Spy about Pete’s relationship with Peggy. Ken Honeywell essays the quiet desperation of Pete Campbell.
Speaking of Slate, they’ve also found startling evidence that indicates exactly how much of Don’s encounter with Andrea in Mystery Date was a dream.
Ken Cosgrove inspires writers: Damon Lindelof (Lost) wanted to read Ben Hargrove’s “The Punishment of X-4″ so much he started writing it. EW’s Jeff Jenson composed a fictional letter from publisher Ferrar, Straus.
MTV more broadly surveyed geek references in “Signal 30.”
Tata Motors claims it was surprised at Jaguar’s appearance in “Signal 30.” Jaguar USA’s real-life ad agency sent Don Draper a consolation letter about missing the account. (In contrast, Beam, Inc. loves to send Don his Canadian Club.)
The original “Signal 30” is online, in all of its graphic glory.
John Slattery talks to The Atlantic about directing, his early expectations of acting, Roger Sterling and more. He also dished about Jon Hamm on The Late Show with Jimmy Fallon. Also, Esquire sums up Roger’s advice to Lane about business meals.
Jon Hamm drops a teaser at TotalFilm.
Rich Sommer talks to Ology about Harry Crane, eating sliders, his indie features Fairhaven and The Giant Mechanical Man, his future in Broadway, his teaching experience and his love of board games.
Alison Brie talks to Metro about MM, Community, and playing British in The Five-Year Engagement. She talks to THR about her Elmo impression. And her Los Angeles magazine photoshoot is popping up online, though the profile ran last month..
Teyonah Parris talks to the L.A. Times about joining the show, her relationship with Peggy and just how stingy Matt Weiner can be with details about the show.
Janie Bryant talks to MyDaily about fashion, meeting Matt Weiner, Kiernan Shipka’s style, and the dress Matt hasn’t written for… yet.
Zap2It notes the Mad Men turns of Larisa Oleynik, Parker Young and Amanda Bauer.
At The New Yorker, Adam Gopnik suggests a 40-year rule of nostalgia. NPR’s Linda Holmes comments on the essay, arguing that “Mad Men as conceived of by Matthew Weiner is not a particularly good example of nostalgia as Gopnik understands it to begin with.”
Salon’s Willa Paskin wonders if Mad Men has become more deliberately stagey.
Vulture surveys the best and worst closing songs on Mad Men.
The fat-suit version of Betty Francis inspires a Ram Jam/Leadbelly parody.
Don Draper turns up in an essay about “Why We Love Sociopaths” (on television).
Judy Blume is a Mad Men fan.
Business Insider compiles famous ads created by women in the Mad Men era.
At ThinkProgress, Alyssa Rosenberg surveys a list of the pilots AMC is apparently considering.
ABC News covers ad agencies that (still) let employees drink on the job.
Is Maggie Smith leaving Downton Abbey? Maybe not.
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