Basket of News, Sept. 6-12, 2014

Sep 12, 2014

The Walking Dead dropped a full trailer for Season 5: Andrew Lincoln, Danai Gurira, Norman Reedus, Lauren Cohan and Steven Yeun all talked about their TWD characters with Entertainment Weekly. Robert Kirkman tells Entertainment Weekly he knows how The Walking Dead comic will end. Jon Hamm was a presenter at the Stand Up to Cancer [...]

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Peggy Olson All Wrapped Up

Peggy Olson All Wrapped Up

Sep 9, 2014

[Here's another reprint of a lost article. It garnered lively discussion last spring.] When Peggy Olson wants to dress up, she wraps herself up in a bow. Well, not “dress up” exactly. I think it’s specifically when she wants to please a man, or be sexy or beautiful. She doesn’t wear bows to church or [...]

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Masters of Sex: Story of My Life

Masters of Sex: Story of My Life

Sep 8, 2014

There are times that Masters of Sex doesn’t work, and times it frustrates its fans. But then it comes around with an episode like Story of My Life and all of that is erased in an instant, the way a baby’s dazzling smile somehow makes parents forget a recent crying jag. When it’s good, it’s [...]

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Hell on Wheels 4.06: Bear Man

Hell on Wheels 4.06: Bear Man

Sep 7, 2014

Hell on Wheels Episode 4.06, Bear Man, screamed “tonight on a very special Hell on Wheels.” Sorry. There was good stuff in the episode, and we can discuss, but a lot of it was…perplexing.

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Basket of News, Aug. 30-Sept. 5, 2014

Sep 5, 2014

Christina Hendricks talking to Variety about the end of Mad Men? Yes, please: And here’s the trailer for Downton Abbey, Series 5: Jon Hamm has been doing overseas press for Million Dollar Arm, but he also talks about Mad Men, life after Don Draper, and A Young Doctor’s Notebook along the way with HeraldScotland, Ireland’s [...]

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Masters of Sex: Mirror, Mirror

Masters of Sex: Mirror, Mirror

Sep 2, 2014

If the Masters of Sex episode Mirror, Mirror proves anything, it’s that the show is committed to the structural experimentation we saw last week, with Asterion, albeit this time with considerably more success. At one point in Mirror, Mirror, Virginia, watching a pair of study subjects have intercourse, notes the symmetry between men and women: [...]

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Hell on Wheels 4.05: Life's a Mystery

Hell on Wheels 4.05: Life’s a Mystery

Sep 1, 2014

Hell on Wheels Episode 4.05, Life’s a Mystery, is the first episode in quite some time that endeavors to be more than an episode of a good television show. Which is to say, the show has broad themes: About the American Dream, about transcending the past, about being an outsider; but it doesn’t often do [...]

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Holiday Blog Note

Aug 31, 2014

You will get your Hell on Wheels and Masters of Sex reviews, I promise, but one or both will be a little late.

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Basket of News, Aug. 23-29, 2014

Aug 29, 2014

So, the Emmys. Congrats to Breaking Bad and its cast; condolences to Mad Men and…well, just about everyone else. The impeccably groomed Jon Hamm was serenaded by Weird Al Yankovic and part of some uncomfortable humor. And here they all are, dressed to the nines at the AMC afterparty. [I thought Jay R. Ferguson shaved off [...]

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Fan Art Thursday: Zack Wallenfang

Fan Art Thursday: Zack Wallenfang

Aug 28, 2014

We haven’t had Fan Art Thursday in a while, but here’s a delightful artist who I discovered when Robert Morse (Bert Cooper) fell in love with the above portrait of himself. Check out the entire blog, which includes portraits of Pete Campbell, Roger Sterling, and Joan Harris.

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Jon Hamm's Finest Moment

Jon Hamm’s Finest Moment

Aug 27, 2014

As we discussed yesterday, Jon Hamm is the Susan Lucci of the Primetime Emmys. So here’s our topic for discussion: If there’s one Don Draper moment that is beyond compare, what do you think it is? What episode and scene would you ask an Emmy voter to sit down and watch?

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Post-Emmy Open Thread

Aug 26, 2014

We the sisters completely forgot to put up an open thread last night. Feel free to vent your post-mortem Mad Men shut-out rage here. As well as congratulations to Breaking Bad, of course. And whatever else is on your mind.

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Masters of Sex: Asterion

Masters of Sex: Asterion

Aug 25, 2014

Halfway through Season 2, Masters of Sex decides “to hell with this,” and leaps forward two and a half years in the episode Asterion. I’m not saying it’s inexplicable—that’s the wrong word, because I can think it through and come up with explanations. Yet it was altogether strange. The decision here is not to be [...]

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