Basket of News, May 19-25, 2012

 Posted by on May 25, 2012 at 7:00 am  Media-Web-News
May 252012

Matthew Weiner is part of a showrunners’ roundtable at GQ.

Rich Sommer twice joins Slate’s multi-faceted look at “The Christmas Waltz.”  He also talks to AMC about eating all those hamburgers earlier this season and the impact of rock and roll then and now.

Slate also has Tom and Lorenzo commenting on the costuming of “The Christmas Waltz.”

Gothamist surveys the cultural references in “The Christmas Waltz,” as well as analyzing the episode’s titular tune.

Drunk Don Draper, in a gif.

The NYDN reports of the original Off-broadway run of American Hurrah, while the WSJ interviews playwright Jean-Claude van Itallie about watching Don and Megan Draper watch his work.

The WSJ’s Jonathan Welsh is not a Mad Men fan, but he can tell you about what the Jaguar E-Type coupe meant to the Sixties.  The NYT’s Wheels blog has the backstory of the car’s appearance on the show.

Vulture posts extended comments from Matthew Weiner and Jessica Paré beyond those in the Television issue. Rolling Stone posts her interview from their Big Issue.

Marty Lodge is on the next episode of Mad Men. [And it’s a bit spoilery, but Deborah sent it to me, so it’s apparently within site policy. -K]

Gawker claims Michael Ginsberg is the new hero of Mad Men. [Of course, part of the genius of the show is that this claim is undercut by last week’s episode. -K]

Netflix claims credit for a million new MM viewers.  Business Insider notes a slide in MM‘s ratings, but notes the show is still beating last season’s average.

Film School Rejects considers the way Mad Men addresses (or doesn’t address) the large and small events of the Sixties.

Variety’s Jon Weisman considers TV’s trend toward “Where are they going with this?” moments, including the return of Paul Kinsey.

At Forbes, Liza Donnelly writes that “while Jon Hamm makes a great Don Draper, Don Draper is no Jon Hamm.”  Meanwhile, Jon Hamm talks to Fox All Access about the shrinking gap between movies and TV.

Alison Brie has a new man in her life. [As Trudy Campbell would say, “Good for you!” -K]

At the HuffPo, a look at Mad Men set decorator Claudia Didul’s use of photographer and painter Lisa Gizara’s work in Roger Sterling’s office. [And here I thought Jane had decorated! -K]

Sunset Gun thinks MM could use the swagger Patrick Warburton brought to The Woman Chaser.  [Neither the author nor the commenters seems to be aware that Warburton is currently starring in the CBS sitcom Rules Of Engagement. Not that I blame them. -K]

McClatchy reviews The Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Sixties Cookbook.

The Daily Mail reports on, a Massachusetts-based blog created by Pam Kueber, where those who dream of mid-century living spaces can share their decorating tips.

At the HuffPo, writer David Leddick writes about being gay in the world of Mad Men.

AdAge is aggregating its Mad Men coverage.

Betty Draper turns up in The Week’s coverage of a Gallup poll showing stay-at-home moms are more likely to report feeling sad and angry than working moms.

AMC set premiere dates for Breaking Bad (July 15), Hell on Wheels (August 12), and a new, unscripted show, Small Town Security (July 15, after BB).  The Walking Dead has a new behind-the-scenes video.

Basket of News is compiled by Deborah and Karl — and Basketcases contributing in the sidebar.


  3 Responses to “Basket of News, May 19-25, 2012”

  1. “These were big people handling money and taking big chances. They didn’t have time to care about what other people did in bed. They only cared about what you did in the office. It was refreshing, liberating, tough, and unprejudiced. They were only prejudiced against the untalented, and a little bit against those who were not good-looking and didn’t know how to dress.”

    LOVE the David Leddick article! It only makes me long even more that we will get to see Sal, being an art mega star in some other agency.

    Although I always though Sal was fired because a major client wanted him fired, and not so much because he was gay. True, being gay is what brought him to his predicament but ti wasn’t the actual reason of his firing.

  2. So much news about Mad Men this week! Where to begin?

    Can we safely assume that after Marty Lodge blabbed about his role on Episode 511 “The Other Woman” not only will he never again work on Mad Men, the odds are good that he will not be invited to any of Matt Weiner’s parties?

    What would be a week be like without several in-depth interviews with Matt Weiner. One has to be impressed that he has time to write and direct a movie, be show runner on Mad Men, and still sit down for all those interviews.

    Perhaps Jessica Paré, who is not currently directing a movie, has more time to be interviewed. I have been a fan of Jessica since I saw her in a big Canadian movie “Stardom” in 2000. Only then did I realize Jessica is the daughter of Louise Mercier who for years led the translation team whenever I was producing a conference in Montreal. I knew that Louise was married to Anthony Paré, then a professor of Educational Studies at McGill University. Some time in the late 1990s Louise mentioned that her daughter had made some commercials.

    What I am finding disturbing is how many details of the production history of Mad Men keep changing over the years. Having been in the movie business since 1948 and before that network radio since 1936 I read and listen to interviews for the entertainment value, not for the literal truth of the story.

    In court hearsay can be allowed in testimony, not for the truth of the statement, but only for establishing the state of mind of the person hearing the statement. I apply the same rule to interviews. Nobody is under oath.

    So, does it make a difference if Matt Weiner claims that prior to Season 4 production starting during interviews about “Tomorrowland” he said that Jessica Paré auditioned for a nameless office worker described only as “a brunette” and that he knew nothing about the background of the actress.

    Now in 2012 interviews Matt Weiner admits before he met Jessica at the audition he had seen her nude in “Hot Tub Time Machine” released in 2010 and that originally she auditioned for the role of the Don slapping prostitute, eventually called Candace and played by another actress. Okay, so we are expected to believe that despite spending so much time talking to John Slattery the fact that a French Canadian actress with a good American accent named Jessica Paré had played Slattery’s daughter in 22 episodes of the WB series “Jack & Bobby” in 2004-2005?

    In the Vulture Transcript and Rolling Stone articles mentioned, Jessica is asked about auditioning for the slapper and about her age. In Rolling Stone she is 29, the age listed in IMDb. She says she is really 31 in Vulture and that IMDb made a mistake. Normally performers accuse IMDb of adding to their age, not listing them as younger. Also in both of these interviews Jessica talks at length about first auditioning for the slapper role. Maybe during the 2010 interviews she was concentrating on her “Megan” auditions?

  3. That David Leddick article was really interesting. I remember in Season 2 (after Kurt’s revelation) when Smitty said to Ken and Harry, “What, he’s he’s the first homo you’ve met in advertising?” I even wondered if that meant he knew that Sal was gay. Not necessarily, of course, but I’m sure it’s true that there have always been a lot of gay men working in advertising. I’ve temped in publishing and you certainly see a lot of gay men there, and of course in the fashion industry.

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