Basket of News, Jan. 24-30, 2015

 Posted by on January 30, 2015 at 9:00 am  Media-Web-News
Jan 302015

Is Downton Abbey ending after Season 6?  Rumors run rampant.

Jon Hamm and John Slattery have joined the expanding cast of Netflix’s miniseries revival of Wet Hot American Summer. (via Polly Draper)

Matthew Weiner is a member of the Berlin Film Festival’s international jury.

Wired published a guide to binge-watching Mad Men.  The UK’s Telegraph claims Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, and The Walking Dead are among the most binge-watched shows.

Vulture asks: “Can You Like Mad Men If You Think Don Draper Is a Bad Dude?”

Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer talks to THR about Matthew Weiner and the end of Mad Men.

Breaking Bad was honored with the Producers Guild of America’s prestigious Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television in the Drama category for the second year in a row.

Also, Edward Norton presented The Walking Dead‘s Gale Anne Hurd with the David O. Selznick Award, which recognizes a producer’s outstanding body of work and in the past has been given to Steven Spielberg, Clint Eastwood, and Billy Wilder.  Hurd will be interviewed as part of the Loyola Marymount University School of Film and Television series called “The Hollywood Masters.”

Josh McDermitt tells the HuffPost the rest of TWD Season 5 is “just gonna get a little darker and a little crazier.”

Tyler James Williams has been cast in a proposed spinoff of CBS’ Criminal Minds.

Better Call Saul‘s Bob Odenkirk gets a meaty profile from Vulture.  Odenkirk was also interviewed by Rainn Wilson for Yahoo TV.  He told USA Today he wanted Saul out of the office, and Entertainment Tonight that Breaking Bad fans will notice some inside references.

MTV lists 11 Better Call Saul non-spoilers that viewers need to know before the premiere.

Esquire, the New York Observer, Mashable have love for Saul; says Better Call Saul is not Breaking Bad but that “doesn’t mean it’s bad. In fact, it’s very, very good. It’s just, well, different.”

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


  14 Responses to “Basket of News, Jan. 24-30, 2015”

  1. Will we have an open thread and will someone be reviewing Better Call Saul? I fear they will never be able to live up to the high expectations, but I’m rooting for Odenkirk and company.

    • An open thread is a great idea! Yes, I plan to review it, unless another writer volunteers.

      • From Wikipedia Entry:

        (based on screeners I suppose)


        Better Call Saul received positive reviews. On the review aggregator website Metacritic, the first season has a score of 74 out of 100 based on 12 reviews, indicating “generally favorable reviews”.

        In his review of the two-episode premiere, Hank Stuever of The Washington Post graded it a “B+” and wrote the series “is right in line with the tone and style of the original, now-classic series”, and that it “raises more questions in two hours than it will readily answer”.

        Stephen Marche of Esquire wrote that the first few episodes were better than Breaking Bad.

        Kirsten Acuna of Business Insider declared the initial episodes “everything you could possibly want from a spinoff television series”.

  2. Walter White reappeared in a Super Bowl ad titled Say My Name (extended cut linked below):

  3. After Mad Men: Kiernan Shipka would like to do comedy, starting with being on “Veep”

    • At the Vulture link, Harper Lee fans can find a current story about her coming book and an older story reposted from July 2014.

  4. What is red nose day with Jon Hamm. Directed by Judd Apatow — Red Nose Day fundraiser comes to NBC in May.

  5. RED NOSE DAY is a major fundraiser on TV in the UK featuring comedy, often skits based on non-comedy TV series.

  6. On Mad Men, Conrad Hilton chided Don Draper for not getting to the office early and for not having a Bible or photo of his family on his desk. Glad he didn’t live to see these alleged antics of his namesake …

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