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Review: Californication - The Apartment

by Danny Gallagher, posted Nov 16th 2009 4:45AM
Californication
(S0308) "For someone who loves women so much, you sure don't understand them very well." - Jackie to Hank

Hank makes for an interesting character because there is never one single, solitary way of looking at him. Some people see this alcoholic horndog as a success while others look at his cavalier exterior and think of him as an utter failure. He's certainly one of the most complex characters on television for a guy who has one thing on his mind, two depending on how much booze is in the house.

So naturally all of his bad decisions and mistakes will come back to haunt him, and this week, he got hit with them all at once in a bizarre clusterf#$% of sheer craziness. It's as if a tornado of tail just leveled Hank's house and life in the process.

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The Mad Men-Twilight Zone connection - VIDEOS

by Allison Waldman, posted Aug 25th 2008 3:04PM
Twilight ZoneRecently, when I interviewed Matt Weiner, the creator of AMC's Mad Men, we talked about the movies, books and television shows that influenced the inception of the show. The 1960 Oscar-winning best picture The Apartment was one, so were the sitcoms Dobie Gillis and The Dick Van Dyke Show.

Of all the television shows he mentioned, though, there was one that was the most influential. "You can't have the '60s without The Twilight Zone. It is a mind opening experience for a generation," said Matt. "It was not just science fiction, it dealt with social issues. It's filled with the texture of real life. Just the idea of having a show every week where you don't know who is going to be in it and what it's going to be about, to have this acceptance of the fact that we don't know everything about the world. That in itself was something."

Going through The Twilight Zone episode guide, there are quite a few shows in which you can see where Mad Men could find inspiration. Here's four that reminded me of Don and Betty and Pete and Sterling Cooper:

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What's On Tonight: Naruto, The Apartment, Suze Orman

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 9th 2008 4:03PM
  • PrimevalNBC has The Olympics all night.
  • ESPN has Little League Baseball all night.
  • At 8, Disney has a new Disney Games 2008, followed by a new Suite Life of Zack & Cody.
  • TCM has The Apartment at 8.
  • At 9, FOX has a new America's Most Wanted.
  • CBS has two new episodes of 48 Hours Mystery starting at 9.
  • BBC America has the series premiere of Primeval at 9.
  • CNBC has a new Suze Orman Show at 9.
  • LIfetime has the movie True Confessions of a Hollywood Starlet at 9.
  • Sci-Fi has the movie Monster Ark at 9.
  • Cartoon Network has two new episodes of Naruto at 9.
  • At 10:30, HBO Comedy has a One Night Stand featuring Bill Hicks.
  • Also at 10:30: ESPN2 has tennis, a semifinal from the Countrywide Classic.
Check your local TV listings for more.

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Matt Weiner of Mad Men: The TV Squad Interview

by Allison Waldman, posted Aug 8th 2008 4:23PM
Matt Weiner Mad MenWhen Matt Weiner was a successful sitcom writer -- CBS's Becker -- he had this idea for another kind of show. He couldn't figure out how to pitch it, so he wrote a sample script. The Sopranos' creator David Chase read it and hired him. After copping a couple of Emmys for his work on that HBO drama, Weiner finally got his spec script sold. Now, Mad Men has earned 16 Emmy nominations and Matt Weiner is working on the second season of the show.

Recently, for TV Week, I interviewed Matt about the Emmy nominations. Here are some other thoughts he shared with me about Mad Men:

TVS: What's the show all about to you?

Matt Weiner: A lot of the episodes are about "who am I." A lot of the shows are about what's embarrassing. A lot of it's about denial, about how we juggle our work and our private lives. A lot of the issues that came up in the early 1960s are really hitting us right now.

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