Basket of News, June 2-8, 2012

 Posted by on June 8, 2012 at 8:00 am  Media-Web-News
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Deborah Lipp joins an Indiewire roundtable about the site’s video essays — including those accompanying her Mad Men columns — and how they comment on the show.

Jared Harris talks to Alan Sepinwall about the untimely death of Lane Pryce, with variations at THR, Vulture and TIME.  Jared also does the video chat version at Gold Derby, which also covers Fringe and movie roles.  But it was his comments to The Daily about Elisabeth Moss that set off speculation across the ‘net.

André & Maria Jacquemetton join Slate’s look at “Commissions and Fees” to discuss Lane’s death and where it fits into overall themes of the season.

Gothamist surveys last Sunday’s cultural references.

The PR and marketing folks at Jaguar wrote at Jalopnik about their wild ride on Mad Men.

Although it’s a month old, it’s a good time to revisit The Daily Beast compilation of Season 5’s death symbols.

DISH Network is burying the Mad Men season finale on Channel 9609. DISH demoted AMC just hours after the channel began running on-screen promotions for a telephone and website campaign at

Mad Men Mapped: WNYC crowdsourced an interactive map of Season 5 locations.

Mad Men received five nominations for the Critics’ Choice Television Awards (as did Breaking Bad) and will compete with BB, with HBO’s Game of Thrones, Showtime’s Homeland, PBS’s Downton Abbey, and CBS’s The Good WifeDownton Abbey may go up against Mad Men and Breaking Bad at the Emmys, too.

Christina Hendricks video chats with Gold Derby about Joan and the reaction to her arc this season.  Speaking of which Christina is the new THR cover girl, headlined “The Arc of Joan.”

Jessica Paré‏ also chats with Gold Derby, about Megan’s arc, the Emmys and more.  Lifestyle Mirror talks to Jessica’s makeup artist about her look at the CFDA Awards.

Vincent Kartheiser talks to the HuffPo about the darkness of Season 5, how Pete has changed, and confirmed that John Slattery is the coolest guy alive. Vincent also appears in a video on his starring role in The Death of the Novel, a new play by Jonathan Marc Feldman at the San Jose Repertory.

John Slattery talks to the NYP about Roger, viewer expectations, and more.

Rich Sommer talks to about the revival of Harvey, the phone messages he and his dressing room mate Morgan Spector record for fans before each performance, and Mad Men.

Kiernan Shipka talks to AMC about updating Sally’s shoe closet and her plans for a Mad Men viewing marathon.

Alison Brie talks to The Independent about her rising profile.

My Life In Plastic has photographed detailed Mad Men Season 5 Barbies.

Jon Hamm did not win Best On-Screen Dirtbag at the MTV Movie Awards.

Jennifer Westfeldt talks to The Observer about fame, the growing strength of women in the movies, and the lure of motherhood. She also reveals she is developing a show for HBO.

Melissa Rauch (Big Bang Theory) has joined the cast of Matthew Weiner’s You Are Here.

Beyond Joan: How TV Has Tackled Taboo Female Topics.

The WSJ looks at whether Madison Avenue is channeling Don Draper’s retro-masculinity.

Mark Moses talks to AMC about the inspirations behind his role on The Killing and what Lt. Erik Carlson would think of Duck Phillips.

Rosemarie DeWitt talks about Your Sister’s Sister, napping in bookstores and more.

Daniel Radcliffe is excited about playing the young Jon Hamm.

Jerry Seinfeld has a bone to pick with Mad Men.

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


  10 Responses to “Basket of News, June 2-8, 2012”

  1. I watch the show and think Pete is nothing more but a grimy little shit… and then I hear Vincent talk about Pete and I go “Oh! Maybe Pete is not that bad when you look at it like that”

    Oh Vincent what you do to me 🙂

    • Vincent is amazing, and I feel like when he submits his episode for the Emmy’s, alongside it he should send a 1 minute reel of himself in real life so they can see that this man is ACTING his butt off, since he has almost no mannerisms that resemble Pete.

      Redundant statement of the weekend, but I can’t believe it you guys! The finale!! I might have griped about some things that happened this season, or some weaker eps, but this show still has me clamoring for more, already excited about season 6, and still loving everyone involved. Thanks for all of your greatness Matt Weiner!

  2. “The Other Woman – The Long Walk” ……wonderful! From the clicking heels through the revolving door to Ray Davies and the elevator- I loved it all.

  3. That Jerry Seinfeld quote is interesting–I’m sure he’s right that there weren’t nearly as many divorces in the ’60s as there were now, but still, I gather there were some divorces, weren’t there?

    • Of course there were, especially among showbiz types. They were harder to get, though, and expensive, which is why lower SES people didn’t get them much. Don’s situation is highly unusual in a lot of ways; most wives aren’t going to have identity theft as an issue over which they’d seek divorce (even though that wasn’t in Betty’s official legal complaint, it was the last straw after all the cheating).

      The other divorces on the show (Roger’s two, and Joan’s) didn’t happen in the burbs. There was Helen Bishop, but who knows what her situation was, maybe her ex-husband beat her or something. And she was treated like a freak by the other women in the neighborhood. Pete is acting like he has a foot out the door, but he hasn’t left yet, and I question whether he will, given the fact that we’ve already had two married couples split up among major characters this year.

  4. I like Jerry Seinfeld, but he’s full of it. Yes…. the rate of divorce was less than today due to a number of factors. Probably the two biggest being the remaining social stigma attached, particularly for women; and, the simple fact that women stayed with men because finding a job that could support them and their children was even tougher then.

    However, this notion that divorce was a rarity in the 60’s is a fallacy. In 1968, I was 11. We moved from the country to the city because my father had orders to Vietnam (fortunately he did not have to go). We moved into an apartment complex where my “play” group was comprised of 12 to 15 children who were between the ages of 9 and 15. My best friend’s father was a widower and another girl’s father was in Nam. All of my remaining friends were in either single parent households from divorce or stepparent households.

    MC.. it wasn’t the 21st century with disposable relationships; but, it wasn’t Leave it to Beaver either.

    • Old Fashioned–thank you! I’m too young to know what it was like in the ’60s era, so it’s really valuable to hear your perspective (and from others here who remember a little about the time period).

      Possibly Jerry Seinfeld is basing his views on other things he’s watched that took place in the ’60s, and by that account, the Mad Men situation seems even more unusual.

      • Extremely possible. In the neighborhoods where he was raised and in his parent’s social circle; it might have been quite uncommon.

        His reflection could also be based in part upon the fact that people who had been divorced, including my father, rarely ever discussed it. Society reflected this as there were a number of television shows that involved single parent or stepparent situations; however, the previous spouse, with the exception of daytime and nighttime soap operas, had died.

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