Basket of News, Nov. 22-28, 2014

 Posted by on November 28, 2014 at 9:00 am  Media-Web-News
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Matthew Weiner received the 2014 International Emmy Founders Award, as presented with introductions by Christina Hendricks and John Slattery. Earlier in the day, Matt lauded his cast, mused about Mad Men and pondered the future. Variety printed his comments about the show’s international appeal (via Polly Draper). (here’s the full list of winners for the 2014 International Emmys.)

AMC gave the main cast of Mad Men Vespas as a lovely parting gift. (via Polly Draper)

Digital Spy has pics of Jon Hamm in the Black Mirror Christmas special.

Vincent Kartheiser–and his normal hair–are featured with Olivia Thirlby in the trailer for Red Knot, which opens Dec. 5th.

Robert Kirkman’s Cinemax drama pilot Outcast is rounding out its core cast.

Teyonah Parris talked to EURweb about Dawn’s role on Mad Men.

Bryan Batt sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the Superdome for Monday Night Football. Sadly, no link.

The Walking Dead producer Gale Anne Hurd talked to IGN about what to expect from what is being touted as a hugely significant midseason finale, as well as on some of the character shifts, decisions, and mistakes from the last several episodes.

Norman Reedus previewed The Walking Dead midseason finale at THR. He also spoke to Yahoo TV about using a walker’s skull as a weapon.

Melissa McBride (Carol) teases the midseason finale at Zap2It.

Reedus and McBride, incidentally, have written and sung the theme song for a Carol/Daryl spinoff.

Josh McDermitt (Eugene) talks to AMC about embracing his mullet and keeping his character’s secret.

Chad L. Coleman (Tyreese) took Entertainment Weekly’s Pop Culture Personality Test.  Chad has also joined the cast of Syfy’s The Expanse.

Seth Gilliam talks to Entertainment Weekly about Father Gabriel.

Hell on Wheels showrunner John Wirth talks about what to expect in Season 5 and his favorite scenes from the series’ first four seasons.

Anson Mount tells Entertainment Weekly a story about receiving advice from Jon Hamm (with a cameo from Aaron Paul).

The Crawley family will embark on a holiday to another castle in the upcoming two-hour Christmas special of Downton Abbey, set in the early fall of 1924.

Director David Dobkin (The Judge, Wedding Crashers, The Change-Up, Shanghai Knights) had joined AMC’s martial arts drama Badlands (working title) as series director and an executive producer.

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


  6 Responses to “Basket of News, Nov. 22-28, 2014”

  1. Spoiler alert – the Downton Abbey article has spoilers for those in the US, where season 5 hasn’t aired yet.

  2. Unemployed Jon Hamm at the Gotham Awards last night….

    And who better to close out the night but Jon Hamm:

    “Honestly, the first thing I wondered about why I’m here, giving the last award of the night, is (a) Why? Why am I here? And I can think of so many things. One, somebody backed out. It’s raining. It’s cold. It’s the holidays. I get it. I’m around. I’m unemployed.” He looked around to take in everyone in the room that he knew. “Famke Janssen, I was on a plane with you, in 2002, next to you and your French bulldog.” — she shouted out “Boston terrier!” — “Boston terrier. Thank you for that,” Hamm went on. “It was tiny and it smelled bad. Harvey Weinstein, I’ve sat in restaurants that you’ve owned. Tilda Swinton and I fought fiercely for the independence of Scotland. We had blue face paint on. Bennett Miller, I know your cousin, Jordan Rubin. I mean, I love this crowd. And then I really realized, looking this way, oh yes, I get it. It took me this long to get it. It’s the Got-Hamm awards. Guys … I would have come anyway.”

  3. Yeah, but a quick YouTube search found ANOTHER clip of Bryan Batt singing the SSB:

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