Basket of News, April 6-12, 2013

 Posted by on April 12, 2013 at 9:00 am  Media-Web-News
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The ratings for “The Doorway” weren’t record-setting, but by he standards of basic cable dramas, Mad Men is arguably a modest-to-solid hit when calculating total viewers — if not adults 18-49 — especially if it wasn’t “Mad Men,” and all the lofty baggage that goes along with its title.

Gothamist returns to unpack “The Doorway”‘s cultural references, and wonders whether “The Groovy Murders” of 1967 were an inspiration.

Matthew Weiner talks to AMC about Don’s fidelity and Season 6 themes.  He talks to Men’s Journal about thriving on rejection, winning on Jeopardy! and the dumb things he can’t help saying.

Also, Matt reportedly has been banned from visiting blogs and sites by his wife and writing staff. Nooooo! (via Ellen.)

Linda Cardellini talks to Entertainment Weekly about joining the Mad Men universe.

NPR discusses Chopin’s cameo in “The Doorway,” contrasting it with last season’s “Ode to Joy.”

BuzzFeed inevitably listicles 17 WTF moments from “The Doorway.”

Did Matthew Weiner’s spoiler worries matter?

Vincent Kartheiser is at his eccentric best with Vulture, from his Matthew Weiner impression and playing dead to flinging paper footballs.

Christina Hendricks answers 3 ridiculous questions from Jimmy Kimmel. But wait… there’s more!

Janie Bryant talks to The Cut about dressing the characters for 1967 and 1968.

January Jones briefly talks about Betty’s changing style at the Belfast Telegraph.

Vulture lists 18 MM anachronisms spotted on the internet, including here at the Basket.

Vulture also has Betty’s goulash recipe.

Was “The Doorway” fair to the East Village circa December ’67?

GQ has the Complete Don Draper Look Book.

Is Don Draper likable? Does he want to be every woman sleeps with?

What Would Don Draper Do?“: A flowchart.

I missed this Elisabeth Moss chat with TIME last week, but it’s worth it just for the trick question. And Vulture has more from Ms. Moss on Mad Men, Australian accents, and fancy Japanese toilets.

Flavorwire has Mad Men as Muppets.

Walter Dellinger considers why smart people watch Mad Men.

At the WaPo, Alexandra Petri decides maybe she doesn’t like Mad Men. Perhaps she should read Walter Dellinger.

The Guardian revisits what Mad Men says about women.

AMC mulls a Breaking Bad spinoff.

RJ Mitte (Walt, Jr.) was definitely breaking bad with a bevy of beauties for racy magazine Dark Beauty.

A&E has already renewed Bates Motel for a second season.

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


  10 Responses to “Basket of News, April 6-12, 2013”

  1. I had trouble submitting this as a news item. Love this 1960s view of the brand new Time-Life building.

    • I have done so much with that damn News feature and I still can’t make it work like it used to…I never should have upgraded it.

  2. Re: the Hollywood Reporter’s analysis of the spoiler ban, I was also baffled as to why we shouldn’t have known that the office had expanded to a second floor–something that was clearly intended on in last year’s finale. Maybe it was a red herring?

    Anyway, I’m so glad that the season is finally underway! The pre-season pussyfooting this year was a bit much for me.

    • I’ll tell you why. Matt doesn’t like people kind of doing “neener neener I know something you don’t” in reviews. He loves the experience of sitting down with his favorite show and realizing something. He doesn’t want that taken away from viewers. It’s a very insignificant detail and I agree it didn’t need to be pulled out and it didn’t really spoil anything significant, but I think it’s about people leaving off, coming back 9 months later, and saying to themselves, “I wonder if…” Matt doesn’t want any of those wonderings pre-answered.

  3. The chances are that in his heart Matt Weiner does not want anyone seeing any of his episodes before that are put on the AMC network.

    Unfortunately AMC can only afford so much advertising, meaning publicity is necessary to expand coverage and draw in an audience.

    So, the for review only press screeners were produced and distributed, along with MW’s cover letter about certain plot points which were not to be discussed prior to the episode being released to the public.

    In the screener I saw Peggy’s dropping of the ‘F’ bomb was not muted as it was when shown on AMC.

    The genius of including the no spoiler letter is that MW/AMC got another news cycle of publicity.

    Some critics did not embrace “The Doorway” and so was the case with some on-line contributors. Obviously many Mad Men viewers are passionate because on Friday afternoon we are still discussing all that.

    In Season 5 I personally felt it was genius how MW turned the unexpected loss of January Jones into the plot-point of increasing the screen-time of Jessica Parè as ‘Megan’. Megan is controversial and we still debate this, but we also all watch every episode, and the commercials, many times.

    • It is my experience that no network or media outlet can afford to think first of the loyal fans. Star Trek movies aren’t made for Trekkies. Mad Men episodes aren’t made for those of us who pore over every detail. The fact is, loyal viewers stay stable; you increase your numbers by going outside that stable base.

    • I see what you’re saying–the difference between free publicity and paid advertising. I guess you can’t have a period-costume flash mob every year, although things like that are a fun way to build anticipation without spoiling details.

  4. Whether “The Groovy Murders” of 1967 were an inspiration? I hope not. Linda was only 18 but she and Groovy were on meth. Speed kills.

  5. This is a bit of a random point, but can people be fans of this show who “just watch the show?” I watch an episode, sit back and go…”hmmm, okay, that was pretty good.” Then I proceed to read all of the amazing reviews, commentary, podcasts etc. and by the time I get to the end of that process I say, “that was the most amazing thing ever, this is brilliant! Brilliant!” But I feel like if I didn’t do that “after show” process, I would enjoy the show about 80 percent less than I do now. People often compare Mad Men to a novel, and I think that point is almost literally true because visually, you can’t take it all in. You have to go into print to gather, sort and understand all of small, sometimes borderline imperceptible things happening.

    I know this is a redundant point, especially for us Basketcases, but after watching the season premiere and feeling, “meh” about it to now ending the week thinking it’s one of the most complex, thought provoking episodes ever put out by Mad Men…well, it’s interesting how that shift happens.

  6. My Peeps-

    Couldn’t have said it better, my feelings exactly…and have felt this from “Smoke Gets…”-on.

    I think this is why the show isn’t accessible, readily. For those who aren’t willing to do the extra work!

    Worth it, though.

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