Basket of News, Dec. 13-19, 2014

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Dec 192014

Christina Hendricks has signed on to star opposite Luke Wilson in the Showtime comedy pilot Roadies from Cameron Crowe and J.J. Abrams. (via Polly Draper)

Jon Hamm shows how it would feel to block people in real life.

THR is compiling everything it knows about Cobalt, the companion show to The Walking Dead.

Is TWD‘s Rick Grimes too far gone?

The New York Times‘ Mike Hale names his Best TV Shows of 2014.

The Best TV Characters Of 2014, according to MTV.

All TV ratings being equal, ad buyers now prefer scripted over unscripted, and pop culture prestige increasingly drives branding.

James Bond’s women: Frozen in time? [I’m reminded of Wooderson. -K]

A CarterMatt poll deems Hell on Wheels the year’s most underrated TV show.

Yahoo! TV has “a first look at some of the characters you’ll be getting to know” on Better Call Saul.

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


Basket of News, Dec. 6-12, 2014

 Posted by on December 12, 2014 at 9:00 am  Media-Web-News  5 Responses »
Dec 122014

The SAG Awards and Golden Globes nominations were announced (via Polly Draper).  SAG favors Boardwalk Empire, Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones, House of Cards, and HomelandMad Men and The Walking Dead were generally snubbed (TWD gets a SAG nod for stunts), and Homeland was snubbed by the Globes, who gave much love to Fargo. The Writers Guild Awards gave two nominations to Mad Men.

Indiewire notes that Mad Men continues to soar beneath the radar of awards season, and names “The Strategy” the best TV episode of the year.

Alan Sepinwall and Matt Zoller Seitz both listed their Top 10 TV shows of 2014.  Uproxx also revealed their top picks. [Mad Men is still getting nods from top critics. -K]

Mad Men, Game of Thrones, and The Americans were among AFI’s Top 10 TV shows of the year.

Emily Kinney dropped a video for “Rockstar” from her upcoming EP, and Beth is the subject of an online petition.

Fansided asks whether Rick Grimes is becoming Shane Walsh.

Norman Reedus suggests to TV Guide what Daryl thinks about Rick.

The Hollywood Reporter has a sneak peek at Vincent Kartheiser in Red Knot.

Aaron Paul and Krysten Ritter had a backstage reunion at Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Better Call Saul released two new teasers.

Hell On Wheels prop masters Ken Wills and Justin Onofriechuk, as well as costume designer Carol Case, talked to AMC about their roles with the show.

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


Basket of News, Nov. 29-Dec. 5, 2014

Dec 5, 2014

The Walking Dead mid-season finale delivered 14.8 million viewers and 9.6 million adults 18-49, up 23% and 24%, respectively, over last season’s corresponding episode.  TWD has beaten Sunday Night Football five times this season. AMC apologized for spoiling The Walking Dead’s midseason finale on Facebook. Emily Kinney talked about Beth and the midseason finale with […]

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Basket of News, Nov. 22-28, 2014

Nov 28, 2014

Matthew Weiner received the 2014 International Emmy Founders Award, as presented with introductions by Christina Hendricks and John Slattery. Earlier in the day, Matt lauded his cast, mused about Mad Men and pondered the future. Variety printed his comments about the show’s international appeal (via Polly Draper). (here’s the full list of winners for the […]

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Basket of News, Nov. 15-21, 2014

Nov 21, 2014

John Hamm photobombs January Jones and Kiernan Shipka. More normal pics of the event at AMC. One of those shows January taking a selfie with Kiernan, which January posted to Instagram. Jon Hamm is also set to reprise his brief role as an inept National Parks employee on Parks and Recreation. (via Polly Draper) The […]

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Basket of News, Nov. 8-14, 2014

Nov 14, 2014

Hell On Wheels will be returning for a fifth and final season. Like it has done with Mad Men and Breaking Bad, AMC will split the final season into two halves, with seven episodes airing in 2015 and seven in 2016. [Deadline also notes some curious aspects of the decision to end the show. -K] […]

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Basket of News, Nov. 1-7, 2014

Nov 7, 2014

Downton Abbey is returning for a sixth season. Live With Kelly and Michael‘s Halloween episode featured a Mad Men-themed sketch. Lauren Cohan and Steven Yeun also showed up on Live With Kelly and Michael‘s Halloween special to warn of the zombie apocalypse. Jon Hamm displays his love of internet cats on @midnight. Amy Poehler tells Seth […]

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Basket of News, Oct. 25-31, 2014

Oct 31, 2014

Jessica Paré and boyfriend John Kastner are expecting their first child together. Matthew Weiner, picking up his “Outstanding Television Writer” award from the Austin Film Festival, took time out to honor Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone as a major formative influence on his work.  He also talks about Serling at length in this vintage interview […]

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Basket of News, Oct. 18-24, 2014

Oct 24, 2014

A Florida mom petitioned to stop Toys R Us from selling Breaking Bad action figures.  The chain complied.  Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston tweeted about the kerfuffle. As Mad Men was inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame, Matthew Weiner and Kiernan Shipka talked to Vulture about the final season (and whether they […]

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Basket of News, Oct. 11-17, 2014

Oct 17, 2014

The Walking Dead Season 5 premiere delivered the highest ratings in series history. even beating the NFL among the key demo. The Walking Dead‘s executive producers Robert Kirkman and Scott M. Gimple tease Season 5.  Gimple and Robert Kirkman dissected the premiere with THR.  Gimple also talks about the premiere’s mystery villain, and is named one of The Hollywood Reporter‘s […]

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Basket of News, Oct. 4-10, 2014

Basket of News, Oct. 4-10, 2014

Oct 10, 2014

Bryan Batt wed Tom Cianfichi on Sept. 28 in New Orleans; Christina Hendricks attended the ceremony. The Walking Dead, which starts Season 5 this Sunday, has already been renewed for Season 6. Lauren Cohan shamelessly flirted with Craig Ferguson. She also did a GQ photo shoot, and talks to Entertainment Weekly about Maggie. Norman Reedus […]

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Basket of News, Sept. 27-Oct. 3, 2014

Oct 3, 2014

The Homeland Season 4 premiere gets thumbs-up from THR. Remember Homeland will be recapped here at the Basket! The Walking Dead‘s Season 5 premiere gets kudos at Variety. TWD‘s Scott Gimple, Melissa McBride, Michael Cudlitz, Andrew J. West, Emily Kinney, and Norman Reedus all talk to Entertainment Weekly ahead of the S5 debut. Andrew Lincoln talks […]

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Basket of News, Sept. 20-26, 2014

Sep 26, 2014

AMC is making a seven-figure pitch to advertisers who want to be part of the final episode of Mad Men next year. (via Polly Draper) AMC is also looking for people (mostly Los Angelinos) to appear in a documentary promo for Mad Men. The Season 5 premiere of Downton Abbey drew an average audience of 8.4 million […]

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