Basket of News, Apr. 4-10, 2015

 Posted by on April 10, 2015 at 9:00 am  Media-Web-News
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Gothamist unpacks the cultural references in Mad Men‘s midseason premiere.

Scott Hornbacher spoke with THR about his last time directing Mad Men, Severance‘s distinctive dream sequence and how he hopes longtime viewers will feel about the beginning of the end.  Scott also talked to Variety about the episode.

Matthew Weiner talked to Vanity Fair about the 70s, Peggy Lee, and a big change in Don Draper.  And he talks to Vulture about Severance, starting with the return of Rachel Menken.

Maggie Siff talks to the HuffPost about Rachel Menken haunting Don Draper.  She also talked Rachel more generally with AMC.

Who was the model who opened “Severance”? Vogue names the other guest stars from the midseason premiere.

Elisabeth Moss (who has joined Instagram) talks to the HuffPost about feminist characters, and to Vulture about Peggy and her date.

Devon Gummersall talked to YahooTV about his date with Peggy, and to Vanity Fair about the parts he didn’t get on Mad Men.  he also hit up Slate and Vulture.

Aaron Staton talked to USA Today about about Severance and why Ken Cosgrove puts his writerly ambitions on hold.  He also talked to Esquire and THR about Ken’s new role, and to YahooTV about Ken’s literary side.  Aaron also gave Vulture a more positive take on Ken’s fate than Matt Weiner did.

John Slattery talked to Vulture and the Wall Street Journal about the big change in Roger’s look, and more.

McCann-Erickson makes the best of Mad Men‘s slings and arrows.

NPR tries to comprehensively categorize the show’s music; Vulture essayed the use of Peggy Lee’s “Is That All There Is?” in Severance.

Christina Hendricks talks to People about how Mad Men changed her life, while The Atlantic essayed Joan’s magnificent coiffure.

Slate charted Pete Campbell’s receding hairline.

HitFix ranks Peggy’s wardrobe.

Janie Bryant talked to Forbes about working with Matt Weiner, as well as Tom & Lorenzo, and her fave costumes.

Business Insider looks at Mad Men‘s track record for secrecy.

Rich Sommer did a Microsoft podcast.

Stan Freberg, a humorist whose sprawling imagination fueled a multifaceted career that included pretty much inventing the idea of using satire in commercials, died on Tuesday in Santa Monica, Calif. He was 88.  Hollis gave us a link to his greatest hits, and here’s his Mad Men moment.

Mad Chick passed along TimeOut‘s “Top ten NYC Mad Men moments that still ring true today.”

Bob Odenkirk teased the Better Call Saul finale…and then did a post-mortem or two.

Alan Sepinwall talked to Better Call Saul co-creator Peter Gould about how much of Slippin’ Jimmy we should expect next year, how the season evolved from his original plans, why Mike’s not ready to meet Gus Fring just yet, and more.  Peter Gould also talked to THR about future Breaking Bad connections, and to Variety about the implications of Mike.

Rhea Seehorn talks to Esquire about the nail salon scenes and the unanswered questions about Kim Wexler.

Uproxx compares Jimmy to The Simpsons‘ Lionel Hutz.

The Walking Dead‘s Norman Reedus and his crossbow made an SNL cameo. Reedus surprised students at New York’s St. John’s University on April Fool’s Day.

Melissa McBride talked to Forbes after the Season 5 finale aired about Carol’s journey.

When Homeland returns, Claire Danes’s Carrie Mathison will no longer work at the C.I.A.  Maureen Dowd talked to her real-life counterparts.

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt‘s Lauren Adams talks to Gothamist about joining The Cult Of Jon Hamm.

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


  14 Responses to “Basket of News, Apr. 4-10, 2015”

  1. BoK does such a great job with Cultural references on MAD MEN. The NY Times published their take on many of them as well:

  2. As brilliant as Stan Freberg was in his use of sound, audio is only half the fun. Here’s a link to watch some of his legendary TV commercials …

    Some in advertising, frown on the use of humor in ads, but Freberg knew how to really make it work. His payment arrangement with clients usually contained a provision that guaranteed him more money, when his spots moved goods off of the shelves.

  3. I still think the greatest NYC Mad Men moment was in season 5, “Far Away Places,” when Stan says “There’s no place to pee in this city.” So very true.

  4. Who was the model who opened “Severance”?

    I don’t know, but they worked their movie magic and made her look authentically period for models.

  5. Jonathan Banks wants to rename the NFL franchise in Washington D C with the awful name (click “Hollis for Keith Olbermann video)

  6. Here’s an interview at Collider with Matt Weiner. It’s the first I’ve come across where he talks a bit about why there were no commentaries on the season 6 DVDs.

  7. Finally! Some word from MW on the lack of commentary tracks on MM S-6 home video discs.

    Sez Matt: I did not do commentary on season six, and part of it was about the fact that I was doing it every year and the studio just assumed that I was gonna do it and that my ego was driving it and that it was a huge added bonus. These DVDs, as far as I know, they act like it’s a disaster for them and I know that it’s not, business-wise. So at certain point I was like, ‘If there’s no value in this, I don’t wanna do it. It’s a huge, huge job for me. I can draw all the actors into it, we all do it for free. No one participates in the profits from these things. Why are we doing it?’ profits from these things. Why are we doing it?’

    C’mon, man!

    The commentaries ARE “a huge added bonus!” They’ve always added another dimension to experiencing the show. They are valued and appreciated by the loyal consumers of your product.

    If the customer comments on Amazon’s page for the S-6 home video set are any indication, you’d have to say that not including commentary tracks that season was a boneheaded move. And remember, these comments aren’t from some schmoes in the Peanut Gallery, randomly throwing rocks. The comments represent sentiments of people who actually laid out cash for the home video sets, who had come to expect a certain level of overall product quality – that just wasn’t there – in terms of the skimpy “extras” and the lack of commentaries that season.

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