Basket of News, August 21, 2015

Aug 21, 2015

Photos and talk about the last season of Downton Abbey. Mad Men‘s Matthew Weiner and Homeland‘s Alex Gansa talk about being great showrunners. Matt and Alec Berg also talk about their Emmy-nominated writing. Here’s a great interview with Matt Weiner talking about his collaboration with Jon Hamm. The Daily Beast interviews Kiernan Shipka (thanks Polly […]

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Mad Men Haiku!

Mad Men Haiku!

Aug 20, 2015

Works on Saturday Only wants best for Peggy Needs to smoke a joint      

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Inside a Hippie Commune (Photo Essay)

Inside a Hippie Commune (Photo Essay)

Aug 18, 2015

In Mad Men episode 7.04, The Monolith, Roger and Mona visit their daughter, now calling herself Marigold, at a commune in upstate New York. I was reminded of that by this fascinating photo essay of a commune that existed in Hawaii from 1969 to 1977. There’s plenty of differences, of course. The easy and undemanding […]

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Masters of Sex: Two Scents

Masters of Sex: Two Scents

Aug 17, 2015

Masters of Sex episode 3.06, Two Scents, is all about subliminals. This feeds into an idea that I brought up in conversation recently, that Virginia Johnson may have purred “We killed Freud” in a recent episode, but this season has been all about Freud. The through-line for the season is how the sins of the […]

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Hell on Wheels Episode 5.05: Elixir of Life

Hell on Wheels Episode 5.05: Elixir of Life

Aug 16, 2015

The snake oil salesman promises an elixir of life, and then commits murder. Thor Gunderson, whom Bohannon still calls “The Swede”, promises eternal life while stockpiling rifles. Elixir of pennyroyal is an abortifacient, which Louise ultimately eschews in favor of a more invasive technique. The symbolism all seems rather heavy-handed in Hell on Wheels episode […]

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Basket of News, August 14, 2015

Aug 14, 2015

The TCA (Television Critics Association) announced their winners. That Mad Men didn’t win show of the year (that went to Empire) might give us pause in our Emmy hopes. Here’s a round-up of winners that we blog here at the Basket: Best New Program: Better Call Saul Outstanding Achievement in Drama: Mad Men Individual Achievement […]

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Mad Men Haiku!

Mad Men Haiku!

Aug 13, 2015

Peter Campbell’s desk Regrets hook-up with Harry No more creme de menthe When Harry Met Hildy

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It will shock you how much you want this book.

It will shock you how much you want this book.

Aug 12, 2015

You guys! We’ve hinted at this to-die-for Mad Men news here and there, but now it’s all official-like, and we are so excited about this we could plotz. Available now for pre-order, with a release date of November 10th, is Mad Men Carousel: The Complete Critical Companion by Matt Zoller Seitz. With a whole lot […]

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The Sexual and Political Conservatism of True Detective Season 2

The Sexual and Political Conservatism of True Detective Season 2

Aug 12, 2015

From the beginning of True Detective Season 2, I have been bothered by its sexual politics. Lots and lots of fiction has a tendency to use sexual fetishism as a kind of shorthand for “evil”. Bad characters are voyeurs or exhibitionists or are into porn or (especially) BDSM. Good characters make sweet, sweet love. In […]

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Masters of Sex: Matters of Gravity

Masters of Sex: Matters of Gravity

Aug 11, 2015

Early in Masters of Sex episode 3.05, Matters of Gravity, Obnoxious Washington University Guy talked about his son needing to get his wife pregnant in order to be eligible for a draft deferment. At this point, I hit pause and Professor Spouse proceeded to research deferments during the Vietnam War. In 1965, as the war […]

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Hell on Wheels: White Justice and Struck

Hell on Wheels: White Justice and Struck

Aug 9, 2015

It took until the fourth episode of Hell on Wheels Season 5, Struck, for me to feel that the season has really gotten going. Not that the season hasn’t been good so far–it has. But it hasn’t made me sit up and take notice. Hell on Wheels is intriguing, it’s got great characters, and it’s […]

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The Glory in the Flower: On Innocence Lost in True Detective's "Black Maps and Motel Rooms"

The Glory in the Flower: On Innocence Lost in True Detective’s “Black Maps and Motel Rooms”

Aug 9, 2015

“Nevermind” by Leonard Cohen (2014; these are the new lyrics excerpted in Black Maps and Motel Rooms) I could not kill the way you kill, I could not hate, I tried, I failed. You turned me in, at least you tried. You side with them whom you despise. Memory plays a key role in True […]

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Basket of News, August 7, 2015

Aug 7, 2015

It’s a light news week. Remember, people, we depend on you dropping items you find in comments or emailing me at deborah (at) lippsisters (dot) com. For years, we’ve been reporting on January Jones’s involvement with Oceana. This time, she reunites with Jon Hamm and Kiernan Shipka at an Oceana fundraising party. Polly Draper provides […]

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