September 22, 2008 |
FreshmEn television cable series showed up their more established broadcast brethren at the 60th annual Emmy Awards on Sunday, underscoring cable's expanding role as the home of critically acclaimed programming. Amid a ceremony intent on casting back nostalgically -- with salutes to classic programs such as "Laugh-In," "M A S H" and "Dragnet" -- were constant reminders of the growing prestige of basic cable networks, once the purveyors of reruns. "Mad Men," AMC's stylish, moody period drama about 1960s Madison Avenue, beat out popular shows like "Lost," "House" and "Boston Legal" for best dramatic series -- the first basic cable show ever to win in that category.
July 15, 2007 |
IF you want to feel good about being alive on the planet in 2007, watch the premiere of "Mad Men" on AMC Thursday at 10 p.m. For one thing, "Mad Men" is yet another great original series from a cable station previously not known for such (see also "Army Wives" on Lifetime). But more important, it is a dark, often sexy, often comedic reminder of how far we've come, at least socially, as a nation.
July 15, 2007 |
FOR AMC's "Mad Men," the network's wry summer drama about life, love and identity in a midcentury-era Madison Avenue advertising agency, the actors appear smooth-shaven and dress in skinny neckties and cordovan shoes. Their characters drink early and often. The actresses, trussed in tight dresses, wear pointy "bullet bras" and painful screw-on earrings. Their characters care less about careers than making a good catch and moving to Connecticut.
October 10, 2007 |
"Mad Men's" Vincent Kartheiser, 28, is a total clown and a deep thinker, often in the same minute. During our chat, the Minnesota native, who's lived in Hollywood for the last 10 years, told ridiculous fibs involving a secret affair with Mel Gibson (wait till US magazine reads that!), Justin Timberlake rocking it at clubs with a peg leg (don't ask) and showing up to the "Mad Men" auditions in drag (nope, more like a suit). Kartheiser also talked about his "Mad Men" (AMC, Thursdays at 10 p.m.
July 10, 2008 |
The Television Critics Assn. Press Tour, the semiannual gathering of television journalists from around the country, began at the Beverly Hilton on Tuesday. We offer these dispatches. When "Mad Men" begins its second season on July 27, it jumps two years in time to 1962. But as for what will unfold in the rest of the season, even series creator Matthew Weiner is waiting to see. "We'll see how the election goes, what the mood is right now," Weiner told a standing-room-only crowd of reporters Wednesday on Day 2 of the Television Critics Assn.
October 14, 2007 |
"There's something to be said for making an effort. Buttoning your buttons and tying your tie and matching your belt to your shoes," says Jon Hamm, as he sips a glass of Rittenhouse rye on the rocks. He shrugs. "Hey, women do it every day, right?" Hamm -- who is either the next George Clooney or the reincarnation of Gary Cooper, depending on whom you ask -- should know. He plays the cryptic but dapper Don Draper on the AMC series "Mad Men."