Basket of News: May 29, 2015

 Posted by on May 29, 2015 at 9:00 am  Media-Web-News
May 292015

The Mad Men series finale was its most-watched episode.

The Federalist reconsiders the politics of Mad Men.

The Mad Men finale caused a huge spike in visitors to the Esalen website.

An interesting, fairly negative analysis of Mad Men and Movement Feminism, while The Mary Sue takes the exact opposite stance.

Mad Men doesn’t help sell tobacco.

Elisabeth Moss on the end of Mad Men and her run on Broadway. interviews Stephanie Drake (Meredith).

Mad Men‘s Emmy ads.

Speculation on the new trailer for Fear the Walking Dead.

Interview with Tyler James Williams (Walking Dead‘s Noah); and here too.

Casting news, and more casting news for Masters of Sex.

The Downton Abbey cast has been banned from taking souvenirs from the set.

Apparently, this is extremely rare footage of Better Call Saul‘s Bob Odenkirk.

Speaking of Odenkirk, you’ve always wanted a side-by-side comparison of him on Better Call Saul and Breaking Bad, haven’t you?

The LA Times profiles Rupert Friend of Homeland.

AMC Press release, take it away!

 NEW YORK, NY – May 28, 2015 – AMC’s Western drama “Hell on Wheels” will return for the first half of its fifth and final season on Saturday, July 18 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT. Seven new episodes will air this summer, with the final seven episodes of the series following in 2016.

So, another “split season” (ugh). We’ll be recapping!


  13 Responses to “Basket of News: May 29, 2015”

  1. Elisabeth Moss took home Peggy’s red thermos! That just made my day.

  2. I would love to have some of those Emmy ads as posters.

  3. This is a must read — At a panel event at the Writer’s Guild of America, called Inside The Writer’s Room at Mad Men,” Matt Weiner provides more details about Mad Men’s finale episode. I hope the session appears on YouTube.

    Matt Weiner on ‘Mad Men’ Finale: ‘I Had a Ton of Doubts

  4. Here are three different articles with more information about the Writer’s Guild of America panel, and each includes a photo of the list of every story that Matt Weiner wanted to feature on the finale of Mad Men, including Sal and Dr. Faye!!! Given the list, the finale could have been several hours long!

  5. Apparently in addition to doing a panel with the writers, Matt Weiner did another panel with directors:

  6. You can find the reimagined pitch here:

    I’ve started one for Meredith but am still collecting scenes.

  7. For the record: I saw the premier of Aquarius, but didn’t notice Megan anywhere.

  8. For Breaking Bad fans: Neflix is showing Season 1 of “Metastasis, ” a Gilligan-approved Colombian version of Breaking Bad. It’s a very close copy in Spanish, with English subtitles.

    Fascinating to see the same story told with different actors and adapted for a different culture. The hero is named Walter Blanco and his wife is Cielo. Instead of the RV, he cooks in a renovated school bus, and so on.

  9. I am reading “The Fifties” by David Halberstam (published in 1993). Matt Weiner must have read it at some point. Chapter 33 (I think) covers advertising in the 50s up, down and sideways, and this whole chapter describes the advertising scene in New York at that time. I saw Sterling Cooper and its contemporaries on every page.

    Also, the chapter on popular books quotes the opening paragraph of Peyton Place, “Indian Summer:”

    “She comes and she goes as she pleases.”

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