Basket of News, Sept. 20-26, 2014

 Posted by on September 26, 2014 at 9:00 am  Media-Web-News
Sep 262014

AMC is making a seven-figure pitch to advertisers who want to be part of the final episode of Mad Men next year. (via Polly Draper)

AMC is also looking for people (mostly Los Angelinos) to appear in a documentary promo for Mad Men.

The Season 5 premiere of Downton Abbey drew an average audience of 8.4 million for Britain’s ITV Sunday night, marking the show’s lowest season debut since its first-season launch in 2010 with 7.7 million viewers.

It looks like Season 2 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will get off to a quick start.

Lucy Lawless talks to THR about Marvel’s S.H.I.E.L.D. of  secrecy, working with Clark Gregg and her Parks and Recreation future.

The Walking Dead has added a new mystery character…but you may recognize him.

Danai Gurira talks to AMC about what it’s like to have her own action figure and describes her strategies for releasing aggression.

Norman Reedus is interviewed and photographed by GQ.

Jon Hamm is part of a new White House campaign against campus sexual assault. (via Polly Draper)

Elisabeth Moss is set to join Robert Redford and Cate Blanchett in Truth, the film about the scandal that erupted after Dan Rather reported on 60 Minutes II that George W. Bush had gotten preferential treatment that put him in the Texas Air National Guard to avoid the Vietnam War draft. (via Polly Draper)

Christina Hendricks pays tribute to Vivienne Westwood, who was recently named one of THR’s top 25 red-carpet designers.

Kiernan Shipka makes People magazine’s Best Dressed List for 2014.

CarterMatt notices encouraging ratings trends for Hell On Wheels.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has photos from the set of Masters of Sex.

The WSJ looks at the new teaser clip for Better Call Saul.

Aaron Paul has signed on to star alongside Fifty Shades of Grey‘s Jamie Dornan in Miramax’s supernatural thriller The 9th Life of Louis Drax.

Kudos, Channel 4 and AMC announced a new co-production deal for the bold and ambitious drama series Humans.

The Three Stages of Spoilers.

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


  8 Responses to “Basket of News, Sept. 20-26, 2014”

  1. See here for an AMC blog post on the upcoming Better Call Saul:

    Photo features a bunch of “James M. McGill” matchbooks – a blue-collar alternative to the usual business card? This suggests the series will start before “Jimmy” became Saul Goodman because (as he explained to his fellow “potato eater” client):

    ” the homeboys prefer a pipe-hitting member of the Tribe”

  2. It’s good to see our girl Lizzy Moss get into a film with such heavy hitters as Blanchett and Redford. Seems it’s based on a memoir by Producer Mary Mapes, who reported that 60 Minutes had hired a senior document analyst who examined “slacker memos” purported to have been written by young Bush’s CO – but were almost certainly written using MS Word using default settings (a Selectric does not type superscripts).

    Ken Burns excellent documentary on the Roosevelts recounts the diplomatic and personal decision TR Sr. made to legally pay for a soldier to stand in his place for the Union (TR Jr.’s mother was a ‘true Southern Belle’ who had relatives fighting of the Confederates).

    At least two generations of subsequent Roosevelts dodged bullets in combat – TR Jr’s youngest son was killed instantly in a WWI dogfight.

    Contrast with Presidents Clinton, G. W. Bush, and Obama, none of whom saw active service. Clinton and Bush were subject to the draft – Obama was not.

    Not so long ago the mere lack of active service might have ruined a presidential candidates chances (though this seemed not to have harmed Wilson and FDR).

    These days, the hunger for scandal often centers on the trivial – this time it took down career journalists such as Mapes and Dan Rather.

    • Actually, TR Jr died of a heart attack 26 days after landing with his troops at Utah Beach.

      • My comment above needs correction, from confusing TR Jr with TR III also known as Jr and miscounting the days between June 6 and Jul 12.

        President Roosevelt’s youngest son Quentin was killed in a dogfight as jahnghalt reports. The eldest son T.R. III died of a heart attack 36 days after Normandy invasion.

  3. The Mayor of St. Louis responds to an article in the Wall Street Journal that called the St. Louis Cardinals the most hate-worthy team in this year’s baseball playoffs by apologizing for all the things St. Louis has produced, including Jon Hamm [yeah, it was a real slow news day].

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