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Posted Friday 5/18/18 at 11:54PM EDT
Presenting the 12 best series finales of TV's current golden age
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
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
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
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
“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
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
“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.”
Posted Friday 1/05/18 at 6:37PM EST
Mad Men’s Kiernan Shipka cast as the new Sabrina the Teenage Witch on Netflix
The 18-year-old actress will take on the role of Sabrina Spellman in the untitled series based on The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina comic books from Riverdale creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. Netflix describes the new, darker Sabrina as “an empowered young woman, half-human, half-witch, (who) is just beginning her dark education as a sorceress, even as she tries to maintain a normal life as a sophomore at Baxter High. Intelligent, compassionate and brave to the point of recklessness, Sabrina is all that stands between us and the forces of darkness that threaten our world.”
Posted Monday 11/20/17 at 1:56PM EST
Why is TV so obsessed with Charles Manson?
Manson, who died last night at age 83, is still relevant on TV and in pop-culture 48 years after his notorious killings. CBS made two Helter Skelter movies about Manson — one in 1976 starring Steve Railsback and one in 2004 starring Jeremy Davies. In recent years, Manson has been a subject in TV series like Aquarius, American Horror Story: Cult and even Mad Men. In March, when ABC News scheduled a Charles Manson special, Michael Starr tried to find out why Manson was “homicide’s go-to guy" on television. Starr asked former Manson actor Railsback, who sent a good luck note to Davies. “They’ve done so many things on him so many times, and I’m going, ‘Why is that?’” said Railsback. “I don’t know what it is.” ALSO: Hollywood and pop-culture often used Manson as “a hackneyed shortcut to outrage.”
Posted Sunday 11/19/17 at 6:12AM EST
Matthew Weiner admitted to being a “demanding boss,” but denied ex-writer’s sexual harassment allegation in an interview with Jenji Kohan
The Orange Is the New Black creator interviewed the Mad Men creator hours after her sister-in-law, former Mad Men consulting producer Marti Noxon, called him an “emotional terrorist” and backed Kater Gordon’s sexual harassment allegation against him. Weiner once again denied Gordon’s accusation, but added: “I will say this, I have hired dozens of women over the years and dozens of people, and I am a demanding boss. Especially in the early years, it was very hard to do it. I had a lot of stress — and you know this — it’s very lonely…I got better at it for sure.”
Posted Friday 11/17/17 at 1:22PM EST
Marti Noxon backs Matthew Weiner's sexual harassment accuser, calls him an “emotional terrorist” behind the scenes of Mad Men
Noxon, the prominent producer who served as a consulting producer on Mad Men, is corroborating ex-writer Kater Gordon’s sexual harassment allegation. "I believe her," Noxon wrote in a series of tweets this morning. "I was at work with her the day after what she described transpired. I remember clearly how shaken and subdued Kater was — and continued to be from that day on. Responding to her statement, Matt claimed he would never make that kind of comment to a colleague. But anyone with an even cursory knowledge of the show Mad Men could imagine that very line coming from the mouth of Pete Campbell." Noxon compared Weiner to an ”emotional terrorist, who badger, seduce and even tantrum in an attempt to get his needs met… Everyone at Mad Men, regardless of gender or position, was affected by this atmosphere."
Posted Friday 11/17/17 at 7:14AM EST
Matthew Weiner’s book tour has had three cancelations in the past week, but his talk tonight with Jenji Kohan is still on
The Mad Men creator’s book tour promoting Heather, The Totality has become marred by the sexual harassment allegation from his former writer Kater Gordon. Over the past week, appearances have been canceled or a host has pulled out in reaction to the accusation. Still, Orange is the New Black creator Kohan is set to interview Weiner tonight at Chevalier's bookstore in Los Angeles, and a bookstore employee tells The Hollywood Reporter it is scheduled to proceed as planned. ALSO: Jenna Fischer’s new book, released Tuesday, features a Weiner endorsement prominently displayed on the cover.
Posted Thursday 11/16/17 at 12:56AM EST
Matthew Weiner denied Mad Men sexual harassment allegation while promoting his new book in the San Francisco Bay Area
Weiner’s speaking engagement in Marin County on Tuesday night carried on as planned, five days after former writer Kater Gordon accused him of sexual harassment. Promoting his new novel, Heather, The Totality, Weiner first had to answer a question about the controversy. “It’s a baseless accusation,” Weiner said. “Sexual harassment is a very serious issue and the focus of my work and career during (the production of) 92 hours of Mad Men. People who know me know it’s a very important issue to me, and that I’m not like that — it’s not me.” Weiner added: "This is an incredible moment (in history). I take it very seriously — it’s a conversation that needed to be had.”