Don Draper's future wife is a vampire!
And with that, we end the fourth season of Mad Men, the best season in my estimation since the first - although I'm sure I said the same thing after the end of season three, also. I've got a longer, spoiler-heavy preamble than usual this week, so those who haven't seen the episode yet may want to head elsewhere for a little bit.
We regret to inform you of the loss of this week's Mad Men chatjam. We did everything we could to save it -- we even pretended to fly to North Carolina, but to no avail. But we will return next week, make no mistake. We're going to push ourselves, and it will be exhilarating. (Only two episodes left, folks!)
See you all next Monday.
Sitting in the middle of a long row at the MFA'S packed Remis Theater for a spotlight event with Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner (as part of the Ruth and Carl J. Shapiro Celebrity Lectures) reminded me of the first foreign film I saw at a theater. Everyone around me smelled good and was triple my age. And anything slightly amusing was worthy of laughter (in the case of the foreign film, it was nudity; in this case, it was emotion and discomfort.
Step right up, folks, and get in on our live discussion of recent developments in the world of television! With the fall season premiering this week, we thought we'd try something a bit different - instead of limiting our discussion exclusively to Mad Men, we're opening it up to happenings on any show. Stop by and let us know your thoughts on the premiere of Boardwalk Empire, or last week's It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, or this week's debuts (including Lone Star, Running Wilde, S#*! My Dad Says, Hawaii Five-0, Detroit 1-8-7) and returns (such as Community, How I Met Your Mother, Glee, Modern Family, House, The Office, and 30 Rock.)
Or, we'll just talk about old episodes of The West Wing. We're easygoing.
Is Dr. Faye Miller (left) an important enough member of the cast to warrant the "dig up a photo from a previous role" treatment?
Gather round, all. It's time to discuss ...
Two random notes on last night's Mad Men. Above and center is Danny Strong, the guy who played the young SCDP job applicant who was so pivotal to last night's episode, back when he was on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Surely there has been another Whedon-verse actor on Mad Men at some point besides just him and Vincent Kartheiser, no? Nobody is coming to mind, though it should be noted that former Buffy writer Marti Noxon also wrote for this show.
Due to various factors, we will not be live-discussing last evening's Mad Men, but if you have some trenchant observation about the episode you wish to share, by all means do so in the comments. We will return next week at our regularly-scheduled day and time.
Last night's Mad Men - possibly the best of the new season so far? Maybe it's just me, but I tend to enjoy episodes with heavy Pete/Peggy content. On the downside, not very much Roger for the second straight week, possibly because John Slattery directed this one. Anyway, grab yourself a pear and come by this space at 12:30 today to discuss the episode with our panel; you're probably spacing out on your conference call anyway.
Are we going to live-chat last night's Mad Men? Does Howdy Doody have a wooden dick? No recap here for the spoiler-averse, but we will be around to discuss the episode around 12:30. In the meantime, feel free to watch a Godzilla movie or knock that bird's nest down from the ceiling. Suggested topic for discussion: which real-world events (if any) will impact the SCDP gang's lives now that we're in 1965?
So last night's Mad Men . . . hoo boy. That was something, all right. Not going to do a full recap in this space for the benefit of those who've yet to see it, but for those who did watch last night, feel free to take a moment out of your lunch break to discuss it with us. We'll be back here in this space starting around 12:30; we promise we won't make anyone wear a Santa suit. Just don't pour cereal all over the place.
Join us here at 12:30 pm for our first "Mad Men Monday" live post-show discussion of our favorite remaining show on television (RIP Lost; we loved you so... especially Hurley and Claire. But not Kate). It will be just like our Lost chat-jams, except now we'll do them after instead of while the show airs.
Jon Hamm as Don Draper
"Who is Don Draper?"
So season four of AMC's Mad Men
begins, with a one-legged reporter probing the creative mind behind the new Sterling
Cooper Draper Pryce. As viewers know, mysterious ad man Draper (played by Jon
Hamm) - with his gruff, Midwestern demeanor and cache of deep, dark secrets -
is not fond of talking about himself, and, let's be honest, even he might not
know the answer to that particular question.
While keeping a tight lip on all things Mad Men Season Four-related when talking to Diane Sawyer via Skype, Matthew Weiner let a bomb slip: given the choice between demure blonde Betty and redhead bombshell Joan, he opted for ...Trudy.
Trudy, as in Mrs. Pete Campbell, as in actress Alison Brie (who also doubles as Annie Edison on another TV triumph, Community).
The late-night wars may
be on summer break until September's debut of The Conan O'Brien Show, but this morning's
Emmy nominations announcement gave Conan a mini W. O'Brien's short-lived
incarnation of The Tonight Show picked up a nod in the best variety, music
or comedy category, while The Jay Leno Show (and Letterman's and
Kimmel's) were left out.
Over the weekend, in addition to ripping Martha Coakley, Saturday Night Live also welcomed the new Senator from Massachusetts by casting Jon Hamm (a/k/a Mad Men's Don Draper) as him in a sketch that played on his well-documented heartthrob past. Hamm, who recently shot The Town with Ben Affleck right in our neighborhood (seriously -- he was in the same buidling as the Phoenix's offices) gets the Massachusetts accent down pretty well.