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.
Who was the model who opened “Severance”? Vogue names the other guest stars from the midseason premiere.
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.
McCann-Erickson makes the best of Mad Men‘s slings and arrows.
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.”
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.
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.
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