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Posted Friday 11/09/18 at 10:34PM EST
Matthew Weiner's #MeToo episode of The Romanoffs was depressing and unnecessary
Last week's episode was clearly in response to former Mad Men writer Kater Gordon's sexual harassment allegation against Weiner. As Matt Zoller Seitz explains, "It’s depressing to watch The Romanoffs obliquely address the Gordon–Weiner situation after having watched Mad Men deal in similar material over the course of seven seasons in much richer and more imaginative ways, weaving psychology, sociology, history, and pop-culture into the mix, creating a series of dramatically charged confrontations that never resolved themselves in a simplistic way. The worst part of it is that The Romanoffs seems spineless in comparison, retreating into 'we can never really know what happened' hand-waving, and encouraging us to sympathize with the poor man who only wants to be 'the key that unlocks the mystery of talent,' in another parent’s words — and a man whose life was nearly 'ruined' by scurrilous talk, unbeknownst to him." ALSO: “Bright and High Circle" doesn't seem compelled to imagine what it’s like to be on the receiving end of unwanted advances.
Posted Friday 11/09/18 at 10:34PM EST
Jon Hamm has had the fifth-best post-Mad Men career
Source: The Ringer
The Ringer ranks the careers of Mad Men stars since the AMC series ended in 2015, and Hamm is behind Kiernan Shipka, Jared Harris, Elisabeth Moss and Alison Brie.
Posted Friday 11/02/18 at 10:48PM EDT
Matthew Weiner fails in his attempt to tackle #MeToo on The Romanoffs
It was hard to ignore that this week's episode, dealing with a sexual misconduct allegation, was co-written by Weiner, who was last year accused of sexually harassing Mad Men writer Kater Gordon.
Posted Wednesday 10/03/18 at 9:05PM EDT
Ex-Mad Men writer Kater Gordon responds to Matthew Weiner saying he didn't recall her allegation of sexual harassment
"My memory is intact," she tweeted in response to Weiner's recent comments to Vanity Fair. "Matthew’s abuse of workplace power dynamics was rampant, and the comments he made should not be viewed as an isolated occurrence."
Posted Monday 10/01/18 at 1:07PM EDT
Matthew Weiner says he doesn't remember allegedly sexually harassing former Mad Men writer Kater Gordon
Source: Vanity Fair
"I really don't remember saying that," Weiner tells Vanity Fair's Joy Press in a profile in advance of his new Amazon series The Romanoffs. "I'm not hedging to say it’s not impossible that I said that, but I really don’t remember saying it." Days later when asked about his comment, Weiner said: “I can’t see a scenario where I would say that,” adding: “I never felt that way and I never acted that way towards Kater.” Asked to respond to Weiner's comment, Gordon said via email: “That was not an isolated incident, but it was the most affecting.” In the article, Weiner also said he would reach out to former colleagues to see if their memories squared with his, and to apologize if necessary. Yet Weiner appeared to contradict himself by saying he hasn't spoken to Gordon since she made her allegation last year. ALSO: Does it make sense that Weiner created a show about workplace power structures while allegedly perpetuating some of those imbalances in the workplace?
Posted Wednesday 6/06/18 at 6:44PM EDT
Jon Hamm: Mad Men's Don Draper would've been "excoriated" in the #MeToo era
Source: New York Daily News
“He would’ve been excoriated, I think, probably,” Hamm told the New York Daily News. "His behavior in many ways is deplorable, and in other ways is admirable,” Hamm added. “And it’s even both of those things with the same characters. He was both terrible and great to Pete. He was both terrible and great to Roger. He was both terrible and great to Peggy. He was both terrible and great to Betty. He’s a complicated guy, and I’ve said this before about him in many capacities, he’s damaged goods.”
Posted Friday 5/18/18 at 11:54PM EDT
Presenting the 12 best series finales of TV's current golden age
Source: The Washington Post
Breaking Bad, Six Feet Under and The Sopranos rank No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 in closing out their respective series.
# TOPICS: Series Finales, Breaking Bad, The Good Wife, Halt and Catch Fire, The Leftovers, Mad Men, Nurse Jackie, The Office (US), Parks and Recreation, The Shield, Six Feet Under, The Sopranos, Twin Peaks: The Return, Lists
Posted Friday 5/04/18 at 1:46AM EDT
Mad Men producer shows off his Emmys and Golden Globes in real estate listing for his midcentury modern home
Source: Curbed Los Angeles
Mad Men executive producer and director Scott Hornbacher's "post and beam" 1957-built Pasadena house looks like the kind of home somebody who worked on the 1960s-set drama would own.
Posted Monday 4/16/18 at 11:31PM EDT
SNL's Colin Jost has a bearded past
Source: Entertainment Weekly
John Mulaney's throwback photo of the Saturday Night Live cast and writers a decade ago posing as the cast of Mad Men is causing a stir for revealing the "Weekend Update" co-anchor sporting a "JostBeard" back when he was just a writer. ALSO: Mulaney's Mad Men photo, annotated.
Posted Friday 4/06/18 at 4:27AM EDT
Mad Men props up for auction include Don Draper's 1964 Chrysler convertible
A total of 213 listings have been posted on the online auction site ScreenBids, such as Don's purple heart and Peggy Olson's office couch.
Posted Monday 3/12/18 at 5:49PM EDT
Mad Men's Vincent Kartheiser joins Fox's legal drama pilot from Empire's Danny Strong
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Kartheiser will pay an "intrepid, scrappy and endearing investigator" for a law firm devoted to those who are wrongfully convicted. The role brings Kartheiser, who starred on The WB's Angel, back to broadcat television.
Posted Monday 3/05/18 at 2:51PM EST
Why ABC shouldn't be too worried about the worst-ever Oscar ratings
Sure, the Oscar ratings freefall looks bad, particularly with early numbers predicting that viewership will fall below 30 million for the first time ever. But ABC should come out of this year's ceremony okay. "While ratings for Sunday night’s show will prompt a flurry of negative headlines, odds are they won’t make a huge difference to ABC’s bottom line," says Josef Adalian. "Consider: Even though the 2017 Academy Awards scored the second-smallest audience ever, the Alphabet network was able to charge about 10 percent more for ad time on this year’s show, according to reports in multiple TV-industry trades." As Adalian notes, ratings are down across television, so the lower Oscar ratings are part of a broad trend. "Why are advertisers paying more for fewer eyeballs?" asks Adalian. "Simple: With TV ratings down across the board — even the Super Bowl stumbled this year — it’s harder than ever to reach really big audiences all at once." He also points out that the Oscars are still a great way for ABC to promote its TV shows. "Even if only one or two of the new shows hyped last night get a boost from the Oscars advertising, it’ll be a big win for ABC," he says.
- UPDATE: 90th Oscars was the least-watched with 26.5 million viewers
- Should Tiffany Haddish and Maya Rudolph host next year's Oscars?
- Female presenter pairings were a meaningful highlight of the night
- What a difference a year makes: President Trump was barely name-checked last night
- Did Jimmy Kimmel's jet ski bit work?
- No one really tried to win that jet ski
- Police arrest man for allegedly stealing Frances McDormand's Oscar statue -- and posting a video!
- Chloe Kim invites McDormand snowboarding after Oscars shout-out
- Anna Faris on Mom co-star Allison Janney's victory: “Allison won!!! And I got to hold it!!!! It’s heavy as sh*t!!!”
- Mad Men cast reunited at an Oscar party
- Lake Havasu Visitor Center invites jet ski winner Mark Bridges on an all-expenses paid trip
- The Lonely Island released an Oscars-themed music video "claiming" it was supposed to be shown last night
- The Godfather actor Carmine Caridi -- the only person before Harvey Weinstein to be booted from the Academy -- was "flabbergasted" to hear his name: "I'm not mad at Jimmy. He did exonerate me in a way, by comparing the penalties"
# TOPICS: 90th Academy Awards, ABC, Mad Men, Allison Janney, Anna Faris, Carmine Caridi, Jimmy Kimmel, Mark Bridges, Maya Rudolph, Tiffany Haddish, Award Shows, The Lonely Island, Ratings, Trump Presidency
Posted Thursday 1/18/18 at 9:48PM EST
Sesame Street’s HBO evolution includes cutting down on pop-culture parodies
Source: The New Yorker
“Because fewer adults actually pay attention to Sesame Street these days, the series has turned down the dial on pop-culture parodies, such as one spoofing Mad Men, from 2009, with an advertising executive thanking his staff for making him happy," says Troy Patterson.
Posted Tuesday 1/16/18 at 1:35PM EST
January Jones is reportedly dating The Bachelor's Nick Viall
Source: Page Six
Back in November, the former Mad Men star and Bachelor superfan recounted to James Corden how she turned down Viall’s offer to go on Lip Sync Battle with him. After the appearance, Viall reached out to her again, according to Page Six. and they’ve been dating ever since. They even celebrated her 40th birthday together earlier this month.
Posted Friday 1/12/18 at 5:54AM EST
Revisiting Mad Men in the #MeToo era
Source: The Boston Globe
“Of all the new and old TV shows that have addressed inequality and sexual misconduct in the workplace, along with that great co-conspirator, toxic masculinity, Mad Men is the best,” says Matthew Gilbert. “The drama took on all kinds of big themes in its seven seasons — identity and personal history, advertising and human nature — but none so much as the bane and insidiousness of sexism. It showed us a more naked version of the gender bigotry that has continued to undermine work culture a half-century later.” He adds: “It’s darkly ironic, of course, that Mad Men revolves so consistently and intelligently around these issues, and yet its creator, Matthew Weiner, has been accused by former Mad Men writer Kater Gordon of sexually harassing her.”