Basket of News, Feb. 23 – Mar. 1, 2013

 Posted by on March 1, 2013 at 9:00 am  Media-Web-News
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The Walking Dead was virtually even with the 11.05 million viewers it scored the previous week, despite running opposite the Oscars.

TWD boosted AMC’s revenue in the fourth quarter, but the channel’s battle with DishTV hurt profits and stock price.

Nevertheless, AMC is taking on Canada’s largest cable provider, but Rogers is downplaying the report (via Basketcase Jodey).

TWD‘s Laurie Holden has spoken out on why Andrea isn’t so bad.

The Walking Dead confirmed Scott Gimple as the Season 4 showrunner.

One of last week’s Downton Abbey Season 4 spoilers is debunked, while another appears.

The Dowager Countess Grantham’s house is attracting archeological attention.

Following the success of Downton Abbey, HBO’s Parade’s End, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Rebecca Hall, could still be too prickly for American audiences. However, The New Yorker’s Hendrik Hertzberg seems excited enough.

Matthew Crawley and Lane Pryce appear in a New York Times article on the risk of killing off beloved characters.

Jared Harris talks about the cult audiences for young adult fiction and Mad Men.

Mad Men and Banana Republic launched a contest to win a Mod NYC Weekend.

Jessica Paré is the cover story for the new L.A. Confidential (very Hush-Hush); Matthew Weiner makes a cameo.  She tells Zap2It that Jon Hamm is directing again this season, and loves it.

Peyton List talks to AMC about acting as if on she were on LSD and her new-found obsession with girdles.

Jon Hamm and Jennifer Westfeldt were their gorgeous selves at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party.

Jon Hamm’s voiceovers for American Airlines recall “Flight 1.” [I thought we ran this in January, but cannot find it and thank Basketcase Judy S for the reminder -K]

January Jones turns up in a very odd story reported by the ever reliable Star magazine. Yes, that’s sarcasm.

Melinda McGraw is joining the cast of Scandal.

Historical authenticity in TV and movie dialogue — NPR is on the case, with mentions of Mad Men and Downton Abbey.

Breaking Bad donated boxes of clothing worn by cast members from past episodes to New Mexico’s largest emergency shelter.

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


  10 Responses to “Basket of News, Feb. 23 – Mar. 1, 2013”

  1. Sundance Channel announced Monday it has acquired the syndication rights to Breaking Bad. Beginning March 4th (11 pm ET) two episodes will air back-to-back each Monday.

  2. My pleasure. Love contributing in any small way that I can.

  3. Did anybody else read that Andre and Maria Jacquemetton are leaving Mad Men after this season? Insert sad face here.

    • Well-placed executive friends at Warner Bros told me several days ago.

      Today this news is all over the trade press websites.

      MW has stated he wishes them all the very best.

      • Dang, C Carroll, you are in the know! It all just feels so final, like this really is the end of Mad Men! Of course it’s been amazing to think of how much the show has stayed intact for so long, which shows what a tremendous place it is to work. Still, those two leaving is a giant part of the show leaving. And they recently lost two big parts as well – Frank Pierson and Bob Levenson.

        I’m not saying this to be superficial or reduce people’s departures for storylines, but I have to feel that for writing the final season, these things are going to influence Matthew Weiner’s emotional direction for season 7. I just realized, Andre and Maria are the Peggy’s to his Don Draper!

  4. The Jacquemettons go back with Matt Weiner well before Mad Men; they were all members of the same writers’ group. So that’s a loss. But I can’t say I’m entirely shocked. I have posted items about them developing other projects, so I have tended to assume that if one or more got picked up, they would leave (and presumably with Matt’s blessing, given that they had to know in advance that it would get reported).

    • Don’t the Jacquemettons have a non-compete clause in their contracts?
      (Insert Duck Phillips here.)

  5. Major Downton Abbey spoiler on the Daily Mail. I am reluctant to post a link because its so spoilery.

  6. I am posting this here, ’cause it was news to me. “Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time” greeted me when I wanted to post on the Mad Men Season 5 Poster thread:

    Anyway, I saw this mini-interview in TVGuide, and Matt Weiner explains it all:

    “It’s a story of a second marriage. Don was trying to differentiate himself from this old self — trying on this marriage, having a relationship with this woman that looks like it’s great. … That’s what that poster is about: Don was shopping for a domestic life and his fantasy of what that was.”

    Hope this helps.

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