Basket of News, Jan. 17-23, 2015

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The Walking Dead has released two new midseason trailers. This is “Another Day”:

The second is titled “Surviving Together.”

Norman Reedus talks about Daryl’s current state of mind with TV Guide.  He’s also among the celebrity cameos in Sleater-Kinney’s new video for “No Cities to Love.”

Matthew Weiner revealed he has Jon Hamm to thank for helping him cast Zach Galifianakis in Are You Here.

John Slattery has joined the cast of Netflix’s revival of Wet Hot American Summer.

Christina Hendricks appeared on the TCA panel for Comedy Central’s upcoming raunchy period comedy, Another Period.

Elisabeth Moss stars in Queen of the Earth, which will premiere at next month’s Berlin International Film Festival.

SundanceTV’s The Writers’ Room quizzes: “Which Mad Men Character Are You?” [The show hasn’t been in the MM writers’ room…but they premiered with Breaking Bad. -K]

AMC chief Charlie Collier name checks Jon Hamm during this THR survey on network bigs.

Joel Murray features in Bloodsucking Bastards, which will open the Slamdance Film Festival.

Patrick Fischler (Jimmy Barrett) will have a recurring role during Season 4 of ABC’s Once Upon a Time.

I began watching Better Call Saul! as a skeptic, [but] the first three episodes have mostly made me a believer… — Alan Sepinwall

Bob Odenkirk told Variety that a challenge of Better Call Saul was making Saul “genuinely likable.”  Michael McKean talked to Variety about playing Saul/Jimmy’s older brother.  And  Variety also listed seven things viewers need to know about Better Call Saul.

Common talked to The Wall Street Journal about some of the challenging things on set of Hell on Wheels.

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


Basket of News, Jan. 10-16, 2015

 Posted by on January 16, 2015 at 9:00 am  Media-Web-News  6 Responses »
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Mad Men will return for its final seven episodes on Sunday, April 5.

Matthew Weiner and stars Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Christina Hendricks, Vincent Kartheiser and John Slattery took to the stage at the TCA confab  to reminisce about their time together on the show. (via Polly Draper)  Alan Sepinwall live-blogged the panel, though Daniel Fienberg has a little more from Mr. Weiner.

Mad Men was nominated for an ACE Eddie Award by the American Cinema Editors in the category of Best Edited One-Hour Series For Commercial Television.

Time Zones” received a nomination for an Art Directors Guild Excellence in Production Design Award.

Janie Bryant gets a Costume Designers Guild award nomination in the Outstanding Period/Fantasy Television Series category.

Christina Hendricks is the new face of Clairol’s Nice ‘N Easy.

January Jones and Ethan Hawke co-star in Good Kill, which has a trailer online.

Downton Abbey‘s Allen Leech talks to the Wall Street Journal about his character’s arc, the show’s surprising season premiere, and some behind-the-scenes hijinks.

Arthur is taking on Downton Abbey with an episode inspired by the period Brit drama called Fountain Abbey.

AMC released a new teaser trailer for The Walking Dead Season 5B.

The Walking Dead received two nominations from the Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild for the “TV and New Media Series Contemporary Make-Up” category and the “TV and New Media Series Special Make-Up Effects” category.

Better Call Saul now has an extended trailer online.  Showrunners Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould are excited about the upcoming premiere.

The New York Times and Variety visit Better Call Saul‘s Albuquerque set.

The Washington Post gives the premiere of Better Call Saul a B+ in a slightly spoilery preview. lists the best TV soundtracks, including a number of Basket favorites.

AMC released a first image from Humans, their joint venture wth Channel 4 and Kudos starring William Hurt.

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


Basket of News, Jan. 3-9, 2015

Jan 9, 2015

Downton Abbey returned for its fifth-season debut Sunday on par with its premiere numbers a year ago. Downton Abbey showrunner Julian Fellowes joined The Hollywood Reporter for a (spoiler-free) reflection on what he and his Downton team have accomplished over the season. Alan Sepinwall, the HuffPost, The Independent and the BBC are among those (like […]

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Basket of News, Dec. 27, 2014-Jan. 2, 2015

Basket of News, Dec. 27, 2014-Jan. 2, 2015

Jan 2, 2015

Happy New Year! I don’t know about you, but I wore a fine cut of meat like a big ol’ Texas belt buckle. Jon Hamm is one of the featured sources in a New York Times piece on Black Mirror, social media, and the post-Mad Men TV environment. BuzzFeed‘s list of the most badass women […]

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Basket of News, Dec. 20-26, 2014

Dec 26, 2014

Jon Hamm won the People Magazine Award for TV Performance of the Year (Actor), which he accepted from Elisabeth Moss: …and he talked to People afterward. Jon also talked to The Guardian about the Black Mirror Christmas special; He tells The Independent there has been nothing like it since The Twilight Zone.  Both Slate and TV Overmind […]

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Basket of News, Dec. 13-19, 2014

Dec 19, 2014

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 […]

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Basket of News, Dec. 6-12, 2014

Dec 12, 2014

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 Homeland.  Mad 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. […]

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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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