Matthew Weiner spoke about the Mad Men season finale at the New York Public Library. While we await a later sitdown with Roberta, you can read a summary on the NYPL event at The Hollywood Reporter, or watch it at Gothamist.
Jon Hamm talked about the finale with the New York Times.
John Slattery talked to AMC about Roger’s transformation and what the future holds for Roger and Don.
Kiernan Shipka reflected on the end of the show — and looked to future projects — at Deadline.
“Person to Person” drew about 3.3 million viewers live and on the same day, making it the third-most-watched Mad Men episode ever by that metric.
Gothamist rounded up the cultural references in “Person to Person.”
Roger Greenaway, who wrote “I’d Like to Buy the World a Coke,” told TIME he had no idea it was even being used. (And it wasn’t product placement, for the record.) The New York Times profiled Bill Backer, who was responsible for the iconic Coca-Cola ad.
NME picked the show’s ten most powerful musical moments (before the finale).
The New Yorker’s Emily Nussbaum examined Don’s epiphany.
SFist did a backgrounder on the Esalen Institute. The institute did not let Mad Men film there, but its president, Gordon Wheeler, is quoted in a Monterey Journal story on the nearby filming of “Person to Person.”
Hanna Rosin wrote about the sex scenes and the sexual revolution in Mad Men.
January Jones, John Slattery, Christina Hendricks, Kiernan Shipka, Kevin Rahm, Christopher Stanley and Jay R. Ferguson all discussed which cast members with whom they would have liked more scenes. The Mad Men cast also talked about where they would be for the end of the series that made their careers. (via Mad Chick) THR also covered the cast’s finale party. The cast also discussed their favorite scenes at AMC.
Bryan Batt shared behind-the scenes photos at Esquire.
Vox pondered whether Don Draper and Pete Campbell committed different versions of the same sin.
Sen. Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY) used the end of Mad Men to help pitch paid family leave.
Mad Men propmistress Ellen Freund talked to Variety about her challenging job. (via Polly Draper)
At Slate, a Harvard Business School professor analyzed Don Draper like a HBS case study. (via magenta)
The Atlantic’s web site published Ken Cosgrove’s short story “Tapping a Maple on a Cold Vermont Morning.” (via Polly Draper)
The Walking Dead Insiders’ Club picked the most shocking moments of Season 5.
Norman Reedus speculates about Season 6 of The Walking Dead.
Fear the Walking Dead showrunner Dave Erickson talked with THR about why Fear isn’t really a prequel, rumors of Jenner’s return and if any of the flagship’s stars — past or present — will crossover, and more. Erickson also broke it down to TVLine.
Better Call Saul‘s Jonathan Banks stopped by the Los Angeles Times’ studio recently to talk about the Breaking Bad spinoff and, in particular, the stellar episode, “Five-O,” in which we learn the events that brought Banks’ tough guy character, Mike Ehrmantraut, to Albuquerque all those years ago.
[BTW, this is my final week gathering the Basket of News. I’ve enjoyed this gig, but real life is causing me to trim back some of my online commitments. I will try to stop by to comment, and perhaps write a few things here in the future. I have given Deborah notes on how I did my part, so that my successor can do it even better. I thank the Lipps so very much for the opportunity and the community. And I thank all of you in the community, particularly those of you who contributed news — Polly Draper, Mad Chick, Smiler G and Hollis in particular, but everyone who shared their information and love of quality television with me here at the Basket. –Karl]
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