BREAKING NEWS (added): Gold Derby is reporting that Jessica Pare will compete with Elisabeth Moss for a Lead Actress Emmy nomination.
Mad Men‘s Jon Hamm, January Jones, Vincent Kartheiser, Jared Harris, Christina Hendricks, John Slattery, Kiernan Shipka and showrunner Matt Weiner join James Lipton Inside the Actor’s Studio on Monday, May 14 at 7 ET.
Slate, per usual, offers multiple angles on “Lady Lazarus.”
How did The Beatles’ “Tomorrow Never Knows” make its way onto Mad Men? Andre and Maria Jacquemetton give some backstory on that (and more), but Matthew Weiner gives even more details to the NYT (which is among those reporting a $250,000 licensing fee was paid). The L.A. Times notes the song appeared in to original Beatles TV cartoon.
Entertainment Weekly’s Ken Tucker surveys a few other cultural references in “Lady Lazarus.”
Alexis Bledel talks to Slate about complicated Beth Dawes and how hard it was to keep her involvement with MM a secret for so long. Tom and Lorenzo note the sartorial similarities between Beth and Betty Francis (or, more accurately, Betty Draper).
HuffPost TV highlights the cameos from Dennis Haskins (formerly Saved By The Bell‘s Mr. Belding) and other familiar character actors on Mad Men.
Jon Hamm is on the internets this week — joining Reggie Watts for a freestyle rap about the classic 70’s sitcom Taxi, and giving teen girls valuable advice from a grown man. Meanwhile in Hollywood, Jon has become attached to play a sports agent in Million Dollar Arm.
Christina Hendricks talks to AMC about the show’s most shocking moment, Joan’s babies, and which character’s outfits she’d love to wear. HuffPost TV claims Christina is one of TV’s 19 Most Awesome Gingers.
Elisabeth Moss tells Metro Peggy Olson is “the ultimate feminist” (for which she has a definition).
At THR, Tim Goodman misses Betty Francis.
Dish Network is treatening to drop AMC, claiming it was charging too much for its programming and that it also drew low ratings. AdWeek notes: “Among the roster of cable networks that command a much higher carriage fee than AMC but do not deliver comparable ratings are a host of news and sports outlets, including CNN (54 cents), Fox News Channel (78 cents), CNBC (30 cents), NFL Network (73 cents), NHL Network (30 cents) and NBC Sports Network (28 cents). Dish Net carries all six of the aforementioned networks.” [Dish’s claim that streaming AMC shows on Netflix devalues them also seems weak, considering the streaming content is past shows that are believed to help build audience for new seasons. -K] Paid Content explains why the Dish-AMC battle could get very ugly.
Jessica Paré was among those rocking the red carpet at the 2012 Met Costume Institute Gala in New York. And in a late-breaking surprise, Jessica will be competing with Elisabeth Moss for the Drama Actress Emmy… if AMC has its way.
January Jones got friendly with Christie’s exec Loic Gozier at the Oceana benefit noted here last week.
Rich Sommer talks to the Examiner about the indie film Fairhaven.
Joel Murray (Freddy Rumsen) is profiled by the L.A. Times in connection with his first feature leading role — in Bobcat Goldthwait’s God Bless America.
The Daily Caller worries about Sally Draper.
The Paley Center’s Ron Simon asks whether Johnny Carson was TV’s ultimate Don Draper.
The Inlander’s Daniel Walters writes that Don Draper is no longer Mad Men‘s main character… and that’s a good thing.
Vulture slideshows Mad Men‘s Saddest Affairs.
A fake Mad Men finale script appears online.
Movieweb presents an “alternate title sequence” for The Walking Dead 2.5.
The L.A. Times profiles Joel Stillerman, head of original programming and production at AMC.
Forbes lists the Real-Life Mad Men (and Women) of 2012.
The Boston Globe’s Sarah Rodman loathes Mad Men; fans explain why the show is great and John Slattery deserves an Emmy.
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