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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 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 Saturday 11/11/17 at 3:34AM EST
Louis CK’s “these stories are true” statement contains "several deliberate lies"
"Nestled into CK's admission of fact—'these stories are true'—are several deliberate lies," says Christina Cauterucci. The statement the comedian released Friday represented the “lowest possible bar,” which seemed to appease some reading his statement, she adds. “We have become so accustomed to powerful men calling accusers liars, money-grubbers, and too ugly to assault that a simple admission of truth strikes us as alarmingly mature,” she says. But Cauterucci says if you parsed Louis CK’s statement, you would see that his “phrasing is cunning and specific: Perhaps he did ask each woman if he could take out his penis before he showed it to them, but he doesn’t say they said yes, because many didn’t.” She adds: “What makes this statement even worse is CK’s carefully crafted reputation as a self-aware, self-deprecating guy who’s given a lot of thought to gender dynamics and exploitation.” And to top it all off, she adds, “C.K. never says he’s sorry in his statement. The closest he comes to apologizing is 'I have been remorseful of my actions.' His decision to blanket over his history of abuse with explanations and justifications instead of offering a straightforward apology probably means he’s looking for a way back into the good graces of his audience.”
- Why FX cutting all ties with Louis CK is a big deal: “CK’s firing marks the effective end of one of the young century’s most consequential TV careers, one that endlessly made grist of sexual anxieties and peccadilloes about which it’d seem impossible to laugh, now.
- Louis CK shouldn’t be praised for making “one not-totally-god-awful PR move,” then covering "his a** legally by implying a level of consent from his victims"
- What do we want in an apology?: “Is a good apology enough if it only comes on the heels of mounting and irrefutable evidence against you?”
- Louis CK’s sexual harassment problem actually makes his work make more sense
- A sex therapist explains why men force women to watch them masturbate
- Confessions of a former Louis CK fan, who admired him 85% and loathed him 15%
- Louis CK and, allegedly, Matthew Weiner didn’t just sexually harass women — they silenced them
- Standup comedian and Conan writer Laurie Kilmartin: “The moment a female comic steps offstage, her power dissipates. She is a woman, again. A famous comic can masturbate in front of her and his powerful manager can tell her to stop complaining about it.”
- Questioner who tried to get Jon Stewart to speak about the Louis CK rumors last year responds to The New York Times bombshell
- Many critics considered Louis CK one of the greatest living comedians — so what happens now?
- Tear down the “Boys’ Club” that protected Louis CK: He was able to thrive amid the sexual harassment rumors because his "behavior didn’t hurt the system," says Guy Branum, host of TruTV’s Talk Show the Game Show. “It maintained the system. It alienated women from careers in comedy and allowed everyone to continue to live in a world where they could believe that the table, the Official Council of American Funny, was a place only straight men were worthy of reaching."
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 Friday 10/13/17 at 11:28PM EDT
More Harvey Weinstein fallout: Amazon drops Robert De Niro-Julianne Moore drama, takes over Mad Men creator’s The Romanoffs
David O. Russell’s untitled, Weinstein Company-produced $160 million drama was to be De Niro’s first regular TV series. Instead, it will be scuttled. Meanwhile, Matthew Weiner’s The Romanoffs will move from being produced by The Weinstein Company to being entirely produced by Amazon. ALSO: De Niro, Moore and Russell release a statement supporting Amazon's decision.
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 Friday 10/06/17 at 4:37PM EDT
Amazon is struggling to gain a TV foothold: It’s “a bit of a gong show,” says David E. Kelley
Despite acclaimed series like Transparent, Amazon is “struggling to define a new strategy,” according to The Wall Street Journal. The newspaper quotes Kelley, whose HBO series Big Little Lies Amazon wasn’t even interested in bidding on, as describing the studio as "a bit of a gong show." And The Shield creator Shawn Ryan, whose Amazon show Mad Dogs was canceled, described the company as being entirely in "chaos” and not “artist friendly.” There is also the allegation that the top executives at Amazon Studios are using their positions to get work for their significant others. Still, Amazon has recently signed top TV talent, including Mad Men’s Matthew Weiner, The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman and Gilmore Girls’ Any Sherman-Palladino.
Posted Friday 9/15/17 at 3:31PM EDT
Matthew Weiner’s The Romanoffs taps Corey Stoll and Andrew Rannells
The two actors are joining the Amazon anthology from the Mad Men creator after finishing their other shows, The Strain for Stoll and Girls for Rannells.
Posted Tuesday 8/29/17 at 2:56PM EDT
Matthew Weiner is bringing back some of his Mad Men team for Amazon’s The Romanoffs
Writers, producers, production designers and hair and makeup team are all reuniting with Weiner for his next TV series.