Basket of News, Nov. 24-30, 2012

 Posted by on November 30, 2012 at 9:00 am  Media-Web-News
Nov 302012

Alan Sepinwall talks to USA Today about his new book, The Revolution Was Televised: The Cops, Crooks Slingers and Slayers Who Changed TV Drama Forever, which includes chapters on Mad Men and Breaking Bad.

Here we go again: AMC is alerting viewers that Verizon FiOS subscribers could lose the channel when their current programming pact expires on December 31.

Mad Men, Breaking Bad, Homeland and Downton Abbey are all up for Best Drama at the Producer Guild Awards.

Downton Abbey has been renewed for a fourth season, but — at the risk of spoiling — there’s bad news as well.

The AP catches up with Jon Bernthal, who has moved on from The Walking Dead to TNT’s L.A. Noir, and filming The Wolf of Wall Street, a Martin Scorsese film about Wall Street corruption also starring Jonah Hill, Leonardo DiCaprio and Matthew McConaughey.

Sarah Wayne Callies talks with BuzzFocus about her final scene on TWD.

Dallas Roberts talks to about Milton, tea, preventing zombie bites, etc.  He also talks Milton and The Good Wife with the New York Post.

Danai Gurira talks to the L.A. Times about what Michonne and Rick have in common.

Norman Reedus tells Entertainment Weekly what’s on his iPod and how it helps him get into character.

Steven Yeun talks to AMC about post-apocalyptic romance and his expertise at being a hostage.

David Morrissey tried to make Vulture see things the Governor’s way, even after Sunday’s dark turn.

Jon Hamm is hosting a Hurricane Sandy benefit featuring Will Farrell, Sarah Silverman, Aziz Ansari and Beck.

AMC announced pilot orders for scripted dramas Halt & Catch Fire (about the personal computing boom) and Turn (about American Revolutionary spies). Meanwhile, the channel announced a block of unscripted shows for Thursdays starting Feb. 14, including Owner’s Manual, which pits Ed Sanders (Extreme Makeover) and Marcus Hunt (Hammer Heads) against one another in a duel over whether a task can be performed better using a manual or not.

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


  8 Responses to “Basket of News, Nov. 24-30, 2012”

  1. Arrrrg. So I’ve sent my note to Verizon FIOS. I really don’t want to have to change providers but I will.

    • What address did you use to contact them?

      • I went to the standard Verizon website ( and followed the “contact us” instructions. They sent back a “we’re working on it and will keep it posted on the FIOS page” response. It was a good way to go because they HAVE to respond to that way within 48 hrs. So, it’s got to be annoying. Just sayin’.

        • Do you remember the path you took? I’d like to e-mail them as well. I also have a feeling I’m not the only basketcase who would like to send them an e-mail. All I could find was this postal address

          P.O. Box 660720
          Dallas, TX 75266

  2. A TV show where we watch people trying to put stuff together without a manual. Really? REALLY!?

  3. Arrgh, “at the risk of spoiling” Downton Abbey was a bit of an understatement! Definitely full of spoilers, and not just about the actor who’s leaving. Serves me right for reading the article, but fair warning – don’t read it if you haven’t seen Season 3 yet (as most of us in the U.S. haven’t)! Jeeeez.

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