Basket of News, Feb. 28-Mar. 6, 2015

 Posted by on March 6, 2015 at 9:00 am  Media-Web-News
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Maggie Smith has said that the next season of Downton Abbey will be her last.

Matthew Weiner does an hour on Media Mayhem with Alison Hope Weiner for TheLip TV.  A nice mix of his classic riffs and new nuggets (including a bit of a bombshell at the end about Season 6):

Matt also does an hour at the Berlinale. (Both via Mark)

Mr. Weiner also wrote blurbs for the ten films he picked for the Film Independent LACMA screening series.

Jon Hamm talks to Marie Claire about first starting out as an actor with friends Paul Rudd and Adam Scott.

John Slattery reveals his favorite Mad Men scenes.

The HuffPost UK suggests that Don Draper is a 21st Century Hero.

Flavorwire asks: How Much Do Mad Men’s Enigmatic Posters Really Reveal? (via Polly Draper)

Tovah Feldshuh talks to THR about being the Queen of Alexandria. She also talks Deanna with Entertainment Weekly.

Andrew Lincoln teases THR that Rick’s group will encounter “some intriguing people” as the series pushes into its Alexandria storyline. 

Greg Nicotero talks to Entertainment Weekly about directing the last Sunday’s episode.

The Wolves are the newest villains in The Walking Dead?

Norman Reedus visited Conan and discussed Daryl’s sexuality.

Alexandra Breckenridge talks to the Daily Beast about Jessie Anderson, a character straight out of The Walking Dead comics and a potential love interest for Rick Grimes.

Anthrax’s Scott Ian turned up as a walker. Uproxx also has a collection of TWD Easter Eggs.

One of the towns featured in TWD S3 is up for sale on eBay.

Michael McKean talks to YahooTV, THR, Variety, IGN, and HitFix about Chuck’s ailment, Better Call Saul‘s writing, star Bob Odenkirk, and showrunners Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould.

Better Call Saul scribe Bradley Paul talks to THR about what’s next for Mike, what the Chuck trick means, and the best advice he’s gotten from Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould.

Peter Gould compares and contrasts Better Call Saul with Breaking Bad.

Gold Derby reveals its Emmy nomination predictions for Best Drama.

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


  16 Responses to “Basket of News, Feb. 28-Mar. 6, 2015”

  1. The Maggie Smith story was immediately damage-controlled to indicate that she’s likely staying on the show for as long as it runs:

    • Yeah, I sent that to Karl, but I slammed him with so much stuff and he’s been doing the News for YEARS. This may well be his first mistake.

      • I saw the second link, but thought it was another version of the original. Serves me right.

  2. I just watched the Matt Weiner interview with Media Mayhem. Maybe I’m missing something obvious but I keep wondering what was meant by “a bit of a bombshell at the end about Season 6”. I’m not sure I caught anything that made me think that but, as I said, I may be missing the obvious! Can anyone elucidate?

    • I just finished watching it and am wondering the same thing. Maybe that he thought In Care Of might have been the series finale? I have no idea.

      • That’s the comment to which I was referring. Sounds like there was some drama with Lionsgate or AMC that didn’t go public (unlike pror occasions).

        • I wondered if it was the whole split season problem? That possibly he was pissed enough about it to walk away?

          He never reveals much. Maybe after it’s all over he’ll explain why he almost ended it at season 6. It’s kind of left to our imagination…

        • I wonder if the behind-the-scenes drama MW alluded to, had anything to do with the absence of commentary tracks on the S-6 DVD/Blu Ray set?

          Maybe after the final 7 episodes have aired and once a likely to a be offered deluxe volume of the entire series (similar to the BB ‘barrel” collection) is released on home video, he’ll be able to share the full details about whatever was going on.

          When S-6 first aired, it left me pretty cold, though with several more recent viewings of it, I’ve warmed to it somewhat. If any MM season could’ve really used a lot of commentary tracks, S-6 was it. I wonder what the chances are of including the commentaries for S-6, in a deluxe collection, should something like that actually be offered?

  3. Netflix just started streaming “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” which is a Tina Fey/Robert Carlock creation and very, very funny in that 30 Rock kind of way. There is a wonderful reoccurring role in episodes 11, 12, and 13 of the first season by a Mad Men cast member — that is really worth a look and portends what this actor’s future is likely to be!

    Here is also a spoiler free review if you haven’t heard about this new Netflix comedy that was too “weird” too be broadcast on NBC, even though NBC partnered to create it with Fey and Carlock:

  4. In honor of the finale, the New York Public Library is featuring its Mad Men reading list, a collection of 25 titles read by characters throughout the series.

  5. Janie Bryant, Mad Men’s Costume Designer, Reflects on Dressing the Beloved Characters

  6. Jon Hamm turns 44 tomorrow, and here is a “gif” tribute of how he turns from Don Draper to Goofball in no time!

  7. In the New York Post brief:

    Slattery is stated as saying the last seven episodes are “his favorites from the series” – which is a nice way to promote the series to casual viewers. He said the conference room scenes were his favorite because, “They weren’t necessarily the most fun to shoot, but those days were fun to be there because everybody showed up to work.”

    It’s easy to forget that the players, although they “know what happens’, they see the finished 44-minutes the same as the rest of us.

    I’d imagine that added scenes (to the table-read script) would be unusual (right?) – so the surprises would be the scenes that were heavily cut or excised in whole.

    In other “news” Weiner recently said (of the final half-season) that the jump-ahead would necessarily be limited by young Shipka’s age and appearance – in itself a trivial pronouncement – but which implies that she will appear in some of the last episodes. Of course, her absence would be a scandal.

  8. 12 Don Draper Memes That Will Make You Long For ‘Mad Men’

  9. If you are lucky enough to be in New York from March 14 to June 14:

    Matthew Weiner’s Mad Men

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