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.
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.
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.
“What Would Don Draper Do?“: A flowchart.
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.
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