Basket of News, October 16, 2015

 Posted by on October 16, 2015 at 7:40 am  Media-Web-News
Oct 162015

What are the deeper cultural lessons of television like Mad Men?

The Hollywood Reporter offers its annual list of the most powerful showrunners in Hollywood, with numerous Basket favorites, including Alex Gansa (Homeland) and Vince Gilligan (Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul) making the cut.

Basketwriter Polly Draper shares news about the season 7 DVD/Blu release of Mad Men, including commentary news.

Joel Murray (Fred Rumsen of Mad Men) is touring live with Who’s Line Is It Anyway?

Arabic street artists snuck “Homeland is racist” onto the show.

Actors, Jon Hamm and Lizzy Caplan, including provide the world’s most awkward quotes about filming sex scenes.

For Walking Dead fans, there’s Norman Reedus news this week. First, he has a secret desire. Next, he’s interviewed and photographed by Details magazine.

The Hollywood Reporter interviews TWD creator Robert Kirkman about the season six premiere. Meanwhile, Walking Dead Executive Producer Gale Anne Hurd reveals her desire to introduce a particularly popular comic book villain to the show.

Dania Gurira (Michonne) of The Walking Dead has written a play, currently Off-Broadway, called Eclipsed, about Liberia. Oscar-winnerLupita Nyong’o, of Twelve Years a Slave, stars.

TWD star Andrew Lincoln (Rick Grimes) objected to a character being killed off in the season premiere, because the actor was talented.

Original TWD show creator Frank Darabont is still fighting AMC for his share of the profits.

In the press release department:

NEW YORK, NY – October 9, 2015 – With its season one ending last Sunday, “Fear the Walking Dead” now stands as the highest-rated initial season of any series in cable history across total viewers and all key demos in live+3 ratings, which include three days of time shifted viewing. In its first season of six episodes, “Fear the Walking Dead” averaged 11.2 million viewers, 7.3 million adults 18-49 and 7.2 million adults 25-54 in live+3, with the season one finale on October 4th delivering 10.1 million viewers, 6.5 million adults 18-49 and 6.6 million adults 25-54 in live+3.

And if you like that sort of thing, here’s an analysis of AMC’s ratings (primarily the Walking Dead season premiere).

Former Hell on Wheels co-star Common is among the artists speaking out to end gun violence in Chicago.

Here’s a review recommending Battle Creek for Vince Gilligan fans.


  4 Responses to “Basket of News, October 16, 2015”

  1. I thought I submitted something to you by email recently! But now I can’t remember what it was. 🙂

    Wish that Season 7 DVD was being release on all one DVD, instead of “Part 1” and “Part 2.”

    • You did, and I don’t remember what it was either. I think it was something interesting that wasn’t a news item, or it was something I already had, or SOMETHING.

      This is a hard job. 🙁

      • No problem Deborah (and yes, I’m sure doing this is time-consuming! I may be able to find it in my sent folder – I’ll look. If I can find it, I’ll re-send 🙂

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