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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.”
Posted Thursday 11/09/17 at 8:15PM EST
Until recently Mad Men’s Matthew Weiner was working with Harvey Weinstein and Roy Price on his new Amazon show The Romanoffs
As Matt Wilstein points out, the “craziest part” of the sexual harassment allegation against Weiner from writer Kater Gordon is that his upcoming show The Romanoffs was, until recently, produced by Harvey Weinstein via The Weinstein Company and was greenlighted by former Amazon Studios chief Roy Price. Weinstein and Price were, of course, taken down by sexual harassment accusations.
Posted Thursday 11/09/17 at 6:08PM EST
Mad Men writer who won an Emmy with creator Matthew Weiner is accusing him of sexual harassment
Kater Gordon, who won an Emmy with Weiner in 2009 for co-writing the episode "Meditations In An Emergency," alleges in an interview with The Information that Weiner said she owed it to him to let him see her naked one night while they were working late. Gordon says she tried to brush off the comments, as she thought that confronting him would be a “lose-lose situation” that would “end her career.” “I knew immediately when he crossed the boundary that it was wrong,” Gordon tells The Information. “But I didn’t know then what my options were." A year after her Emmy win, Gordon was let go from Mad Men. Asked to comment, a spokesperson for Weiner issued the following statement. “Mr. Weiner spent eight to ten hours a day writing dialogue aloud with Miss Gordon, who started on Mad Men as his writers assistant. He does not remember saying this comment nor does it reflect a comment he would say to any colleague.” ALSO: Gawker asked in 2009: "Why Did Matthew Weiner Fire Mad Men's Kater Gordon?"
Posted Tuesday 10/31/17 at 2:03PM EDT
Diane Lane boards Matthew Weiner’s The Romanoffs
The Amazon series from the Mad Men creator will mark a rare TV role for Lane, who has primarily worked in movies.
Posted Monday 10/16/17 at 9:51PM EDT
In the end, Halt and Catch Fire was more Six Feet Under than Mad Men
Sean O’Neal says both Halt and Catch Fire and Six Feet Under “were portraits of perpetually uncertain, unsatisfied people, always believing that their next big, life-changing leap will finally be the thing to make them feel whole. Both shows were about how their search for that fulfillment causes them to shut out and repeatedly hurt the ones they love. And both were dramas that overcame their somewhat-gimmicky premises—a family who lives in a funeral home; a mysterious yuppie helping geeks build a computer—to find their greatest resonance in small, quietly devastating, human interactions.”
Posted Tuesday 10/10/17 at 10:15PM EDT
Amazon “reviewing” Mad Men creator’s series and Robert De Niro-Julianne Moore series over Weinstein ties
Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner’s The Romanoffs and David O’Russell’s untitled Amazon drama starring De Niro and Moore are both produced and co-financed by The Weinstein Company, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Amazon says “we are reviewing our options.” The Hollywood Reporter reports that “several Amazon Studios executives — male and female, from various departments — expressed concern about the company's involvement on the two expensive and high-profile Weinstein Co. series amid a relentless series of revelations about Harvey Weinstein's conduct toward women.”
Posted Wednesday 10/04/17 at 10:47PM EDT
In the “writer’s medium” of television, directors are slowly getting their due
Sure, filmmakers like David Lynch and Martin Scorsese have tried their hand at television. But, says Tim Goodman, “the bigger movement has been the burgeoning creative reputations of a phalanx of outstanding TV directors who were making names for themselves previously on The Sopranos, The Wire, Mad Men and Breaking Bad and any number of outlets. They are a big part of the reason the medium has toned down its ‘the writer is god’ sensibilities. In the subsequent years, there's been no end to the beautiful incarnations we've seen across the board, but particularly on cable and streaming services. The number of outstanding directors — calling them ‘film’ or ‘TV’ directors seems like a ridiculous clarification these days — has increased exponentially.”