The Season 7 premiere of Mad Men had its lowest premiere ratings since 2008. Sounds bad, right? But looking at the premiere numbers for past seasons, particularly the large jump between Seasons 4 and 5, one might hypothesize that the two-hour “event” premieres in Seasons 5 and 6 might have had inflated numbers relative to a standard one-hour premiere. Indeed, the two-hour premiere of Season 5 — the show’s highest-rated premiere– scored a cumulative 4.4 million viewers for the 9 and 11 p.m. showings. The one-hour Season 7 premiere–which at shorter length could manage two repeats–scored… 4.4 million cumulative viewers. Obviously, the amount of overlap from repeat viewers is unknown, but that’s sort of the point. Throw in the increasing trend of delayed, on-demand viewing, and it seems like people are comparing apples and oranges.
And speaking of crazy Mad Men theories…Ali Arikan has a doozy about how the show will end. This may be the must-read for the week.
Vincent Kartheiser talked to Rolling Stone about the beginning of the end.
John Slattery‘s feature-length directorial debut, God’s Pocket — starring the late, great Philip Seymour Hoffman — has dropped its first trailer. [It also features Christina Hendricks as Hoffman’s wife -D]
Matt, Jon and Elisabeth talk about the Don/Peggy relationship with USA Today.
Rich Sommer talks to Today about Harry Crane and setting people’s jaws on edge.
TIME interviewed Allison Mann, Mad Men’s head of research, and Erin Levy, writer and supervising producer, about getting the period details right.
BuzzFeed finds out Theresa Rivers does a lot of research and has a lot of thoughts about hair on the show.
Janie Bryant tells The Telegraph about how she became a costume designer….and her first job in NYC.
The HuffPost thinks Mad Men should be paying more attention to Joan. [This is a truism -K]
Christina Hendricks talks to Health about her DIY approach to life.
Kerry Washington talks about the Scandal season finale and teases the next one.
Danai Gurira teases Season 5 of The Walking Dead at Access Hollywood.
Robert Kirkman thinks Negan will eventually transfer from the graphic novel to TWD — but won’t be played by Jon Hamm.
Bryan Cranston‘s LBJ is bringing Washington’s movers and shakers to Broadway.
Don-O-Mite! The NSFW Blaxploitation version of Mad Men. (via SuziQue)
Abigail Spencer gets hit with a Mad Men reference on Suits. (h/t Nicolas)
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