Matthew Weiner talked exclusively to Roberta and Deborah about Season 5 of Mad Men (esp. “Far Away Places”), the tentative premiere month for Season 6, directing his first feature and more, icymi.
On a semi-related point, the Lipps’ mother flagged “Copywriters At the Gates,” a Jewish Daily Forward piece about how outsider (esp. Michael Ginsberg) become insiders on Mad Men.
With Breaking Bad premiering July 15, here’s Business Insider with a catch-up slideshow, a possibly spoilery teaser poster, an AMC behind-the-scenes video, and an interview with Betsy Brandt at BuzzFocus.
Also, beginning at 3 PM ET on Friday, July 13, DISH subscribers can register
for access to a live stream of the Breaking Bad premiere.
DISH TV subscribers could have AMC back on their TVs in a few months, one financial analyst says. Global Comment carries an analysis of the dispute from S.E. Smith, who works for AMC’s Sundance Channel.
Vincent Kartheiser talks to Plaid magazine about his love for the theater, the craft, Alison Brie and when MM S6 starts shooting.
Jon Hamm clobbered the ball at the Major League Baseball Celebrity All-Star Game last Sunday (with picture of same). On a sadder note, he and Jennifer Westfeldt were among those who attended a memorial service for writer-director Nora Ephron in New York.
Christina Hendricks slipped on a plunging little black L’Wren Scott dress to attend the Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ultimate Game Changer Experience in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Rich Sommer talks to the New York Daily News about his run in Harvey.
AMC dropped some new and behind-the-scenes looks at the next season of The Walking Dead.
The Walking Dead has also inspired a funny tumblr titled, “Get Out of Here, Carl!“
AMC further dropped a teaser poster for Season 2 of Hell On Wheels.
Falling Skies has been renewed for a third season already.
Today, Crackle (Sony’s multi-platform video network) debuts The Unknown, a horror anthology which will feature Jay R. Ferguson in an episode.
TIME’s James Poniewozik excerpts a subscription-only essay on TV’s wave of antiheroes, including Don Draper and Walter White.
At the NYT, TIME columnist Joel Stein wants men to rediscover the Don Draper within. [And goes much further with it than I would have possibly guessed. -K]
AdAge highlights an infographic showing what the SCDP staff would make today.
At the HuffPo, a piece on Mohawk Airlines and other regional carriers in the days before deregulation.
BuzzFeed offers readers 25 things they didn’t know about Mad Men. [I knew 24 of them, but I co-compile Basket of news. Plus, I had not really processed the item about "Bye Bye Birdie". -K]
International Business Times analyzes the economics of AMC’s The Pitch piggy-backing on Mad Men.
The Wall Street Journal reports that binge TV-viewing is transforming the way people watch television and changing the economics of the industry. Slate argues that marathon viewing destroys much of what is best about TV.
Basket of News is compiled by Deborah and Karl — and Basketcases contributing in the sidebar.