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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Hell on Wheels 4.04: Reckoning

Hell on Wheels 4.04: Reckoning

Aug 24, 2014

So. That happened. Hell on Wheels Episode 4.04, Reckoning, was about what happened. It was a plot-builder, laying down groundwork for future episodes. None of the character work we saw (and we saw some good stuff) was meant to stand on its own; all of it was there to lead us to future episodes. This [...]

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Basket of News, Aug. 16-22, 2014

Aug 22, 2014

Jon Hamm interviews Elisabeth Moss for Gotham, where they talk about future projects (via Polly Draper): JH: I have a really good project I’ve been developing. It’s about a secretary in the 1960s and how she grows and does this whole evolution. I think it would be fun for you to look at. EM: I [...]

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SPOILER ALERT!

SPOILER ALERT!

Aug 19, 2014

It’s an understatement to say that “spoilers” are anathema for today’s film and television audiences. Until the advent of social media, the threat of inadvertently or deliberately revealing an important story element or plot twist was posed primarily through word-of-mouth (at water coolers which no longer exist) or by imprudent media critics. The term mainly [...]

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Masters of Sex: Blackbird

Masters of Sex: Blackbird

Aug 18, 2014

Masters of Sex is very interested in things that aren’t sex. In particular, in things that are associated with sex, that get all tangled up with sex, but have nothing to do with the physicality of sex or with pleasure in its purest sense. The previous two episodes, Dirty Jobs and then Giants, seemed very [...]

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Hell on Wheels 4.03: Chicken Hill

Hell on Wheels 4.03: Chicken Hill

Aug 17, 2014

Let’s recap Hell on Wheels Season 4 so far: Episode 1, snoozefest. Episode 2, interesting, exciting, with a really great, really weird pivotal scene. Episode 3, Chicken Hill: excellent, straight-ahead television. So far, so good. I’m inclined to completely forgive the season premiere.

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Basket of News, Aug. 9-15, 2014

Aug 15, 2014

Matthew Weiner appeared on CBS This Morning to talk about the end of Mad Men, as well as Are You Here: Jon Hamm talks to Matt Lauer about the St. Louis Cardinals, A Young Doctor’s Notebook, Mad Men… and surreptitiously photographing Lauer (h/t Polly Draper and Jahn Ghalt): Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, [...]

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Christmas 1969

Christmas 1969

Aug 13, 2014

Saw this photo and immediately thought it might be something we see before the show wraps.

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Hell on Wheels Episode 4.02: Escape from the Garden

Hell on Wheels Episode 4.02: Escape from the Garden

Aug 9, 2014

You sound like an unreconstructed Southerner, but we’ll remedy all that. Now that’s more like it! Hell on Wheels came on flabby with a slow season opener that left me doubting if it could continue to deliver strong stories with compelling characters. One week later, Escape From the Garden, another Neil LaButte episode, leaves no [...]

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Basket of News, Aug 2-8, 2014

Aug 8, 2014

Vincent Kartheiser quietly married Alexis Bledel earlier this summer. Congrats! Elisabeth Moss may be the female lead in Season 2 of HBO’s True Detective.  Ms. M talks about The One I Love, the last day of Mad Men, and more at HuffPost Live.  Elisabeth has also joined the casts of Queen of Earth, and Meadowland. [...]

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HELLO?

HELLO?

Aug 6, 2014

Call me when you fix the damn phone! – Pete Campbell As Deb mentions in her recap, communication is a problem in A Day’s Work. People stumble into assumptions, can’t find the people they need to see, can’t tell whether anyone is hearing them, or can’t communicate at all.

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Masters of Sex: Expectations and Disappointments

Masters of Sex: Expectations and Disappointments

Aug 5, 2014

This episode “Dirty Jobs” seemed to have a lot to do with illusions and people trying to fit into them.  Betty isn’t used to being called “Mrs. Moretti,” and she tells Bill, “It makes me feel like I’m pretending to be somebody I’m not.” “Things aren’t always what they seem, are they,” Bill says to [...]

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