Basket of News, Jan. 4-10, 2014

 Posted by on January 10, 2014 at 9:00 am  Media-Web-News
Jan 102014

The audience for the Downton Abbey premiere on PBS was almost exactly the same size as that for the series finale of Breaking Bad.

The New Yorker has a column on “Downton Abbey and Cats” (which in fact is not about cats). (via Marly Kurtzer)

Mad Men and Downton Abbey meet when Jon Hamm narrates “Tough Justice with Michelle Dockery.” (via Polly Draper)

Stan Lee will appear on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

THR has your Complete Guide to TV Pilots 2014.

Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead took home People’s Choice Awards.

Breaking Bad, Homeland, and Game of Thrones are among the Directors Guild of America’s TV Award nominees. [Indeed, the Homeland nomination is for Mad Men alumna Lesli Linka Glatter – K]

Aaron Paul reveals he and Breaking Bad co-star Bryan Cranston want to make cameos in the upcoming spin-off, Better Call Saul.

Dyna Moe has more Mad Men art from Season 5 and 6.

Teyonah Parris (Dawn Chambers) talks about returning to Mad Men and imagining her character’s backstory.

Charlie Hofheimer (Abe Drexler) discusses the technical difficulties of shooting the scene where Peggy stabs his character.

Rich Sommer returned to his board games Tumblr.

Basket of News is compiled by Deborah and Karl — and Basketcases like you.


  11 Responses to “Basket of News, Jan. 4-10, 2014”

  1. That “Funny or Die” clip is marvelous, especially with Jon Hamm narrating.

  2. Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes is being interviewed by Terry Gross today on NPR’s “Fresh Air” , 3 PM ET.

  3. Interview posted from Vulture with AMC execs who explain why Mad Men’s 7th season was extended over two years

  4. This morning, 11 January 2014, at the TV Critics Association presentation, AMC announce the Mad Men Season 7, Part 1 premiere date and time.

    This will be 13 April at 10 PM E/P and 9 PM C Time.

    • Great news!

      At the AFI luncheon yesterday Christina Hendricks said that they are done shooting the first 5 episodes of season 7.

    • Guess this means that Ep 1 will not be another two-hour extravaganza.

      • The AMC press release is silent on the length of Season 7 Episode 1 on 13 April.

        However, since it does not start until 10 PM E/P and 9 PM C Time, it sure seems a safe bet that this will be a one-hour and not a double episode.

        AMC does have more than 6 Sunday at 10 PM slots available before the premiere of a show in this slot. Therefore AMC does not need to double-up as was necessary for Season 6 when they only had 12 Sundays show 13 episodes.

  5. I would like to know why there are no commentaries on season 6 dvds. Any word on that from Lionsgate?

    • Many who have purchased the Mad Men Season 6 sets are annoyed by the lack of commentaries.

      So far there has been no official explanation from LionsGate. Matt Weiner or AMC.

  6. Hey Karl,

    This mashup of Don Draper and Fairytale Theater is hilarious

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