Matthew Weiner talks to THR (in print and video) about the early Mad Men auditions.
Don Draper’s gray suit and fedora are headed to the Smithsonian. The L.A. Times details some of the exhibitions, panel conversations and screenings planned at major cultural institutions in New York, Los Angeles and Washington in the run-up to the show’s final seven episodes; Vulture has others. [I would so watch “Required Viewing: Mad Men’s Movie Influences,” with Weiner-selected titles such as Les Bonnes Femmes and The Apartment. -K] (via Polly Draper)
Christina Hendricks discusses Joan’s evolution in a video for Entertainment Weekly. She tells InStyle about what she took from Joan’s apartment, and she talks to Styleite about Joan’s strut and relationship with Roger.
Vanity Fair has some video with Jessica Pare about Megan’s rise, exclusive from AMC.
It seems that Janie Bryant did not win a Costume Designer’s Guild Award, but she, Matt Weiner, Kiernan Shipka and January Jones all looked sharp.
Esquire speculates about the end of Mad Men. (via Polly Draper)
Howard Johnson’s in New York celebrated a visit from former manager Dale Vanderwort. [I hope Jon Hamm saw this; he loved that name in the commentary to “Far Away Places.” -K]
Better Call Saul is now confirmed as the number one series premiere in cable history among adults 18-49 and adults 25-54 in live+3 ratings.
In a chat with THR, Better Call Saul writer Thomas Schnauz reveals what the show has in store for Nacho, and weighs in on Jimmy’s next move, and speculates about more flashbacks and flash forwards.
Bob Odenkirk, along with Conan O’Brien and Greg Daniels, talks to THR about his time on the writing staff of Saturday Night Live. He also talks to British GQ about Jimmy and Saul, and to Ben Stiller about his comedy career and the show.
THR has Better Call Saul Easter eggs for Breaking Bad fans.
Ross Marquand talks to Entertainment Weekly about Aaron.
Andrew Lincoln tells Entertainment Weekly that “Them” reminds him of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road.
Robert Kirkman sees tough times ahead for Maggie and Daryl.
Danai Gurira talks to TheStar.com about how her role in TWD relates to her other work.
TIME explained why Cook’s assistant Daisy was so upset on Downton Abbey.
Julian Fellowes talks to the Jewish Daily Forward about how his background influenced Downton Abbey. [There’s a spoiler alert in that piece, but it’s not clear whether it’s an actual spoiler for US viewers. Caveat emptor. -K]
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