Basket of News, June 23-29, 2012

 Posted by on June 29, 2012 at 8:00 am  Media-Web-News
Jun 292012

It’s not just DISH: AT&T’s U-verse pay TV service is engaging in a war of words with AMC as the expiration of a carriage deal this weekend nears. One source said an AT&T-AMC deal is much more likely as both companies have been in touch and left the door open for an eventual agreement.

Matthew Weiner talks to Entertainment Weekly about “Far Away Places” — the episode submitted for writing consideration by the Emmys — and how he thinks (or doesn’t) about the audience.

Elisabeth Moss talks to GQ about Peggy’s decision to leave Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce, the state of affairs with Don, and, yes, the future of Peggy Olson, head copywriter.

Aaron Staton also talks to GQ about the Season 5 finale, pondered whether Ken is secretly the office feminist, and confessed that he’s still haunted by seeing one of his castmates play dead. [Dunno how this one slipped through the cracks. -K]  Aaron has a fresh talk with AMC about uncertainty and spotting the corpse of Lane Pryce.

Vincent Kartheiser talks to The Hollywood Reporter about his series’ unusually spoiler-free environment, shrinking screen time with Elizabeth Moss and what his character was playing on his headphones during the season finale’s closing montage.

Jon Hamm and Jennifer Westfeld wuz robbed! Yes, really, while the duo was in London to promote Friends With Kids.  Jon got a little Don Draper on the zillionth interviewer to ask why they don’t have kids. Jon was also among several actors scheduled to attend the third-annual Big Slick Celebrity Poker Tournament and Party, June 22 and 23 in Kansas City, MO.

Also: Don’t f*** with Jon Hamm.

Ben Feldman talks to AMC about being the new guy and going head to head with Don Draper.

Kiernan Shipka deserves an Emmy nomination this year, according to

Gold Derby asks: Can any drama series beat Mad Men from winning a 5th consecutive Emmy?

Lisa Albert will be part of a masterclass on how to create great television drama at the Galway Film Fleadh.

Melinda Page Hamilton (Anna Draper) is now on True Blood.

Mad Men: Memories, Doppelgängers & Phantoms.

Grant Thornton has advice for Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce.

50 Shades of Mad Men: What Don Draper and Christian Grey Have in Common.

Scottish actress Laura Fraser has joined the cast of Breaking Bad.

Here’s a sneak preview of Shirley MacLaine on Downton Abbey.

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


  2 Responses to “Basket of News, June 23-29, 2012”

  1. Haven’t had a chance to read all of these yet, but loved the Elisabeth Moss/Aaron Staton/Vincent Kartheiser articles. Thanks, everyone.

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