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Marge Simpson Finds Herself Getting Seduced in 'Mad Men' Spoof (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 28th 2011 2:30AM
'The Simpsons' - 'The Man in the Blue Flannel Pants'In a spoof of 'Mad Men' so sharp, you'll swear it's 2008, Homer Simpson took a job as an account man for the nuclear power plant on 'The Simpsons' (Sun., 8PM ET on FOX). While it was a charming enough episode, there were no stand-out moments of clever satire or unexpected twists.

That said, we did enjoy the scene where Marge went to confront the man who held the job before Homer. Clearly a Roger Sterling type, we loved how during her conversation, she found herself suddenly sitting on his bed, and then standing outside the shower while he washed up. That's the 'Mad Men' seduction that washes over women so fast they don't even know what happened until it's too late.

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Mary Steenburgen to Visit '30 Rock,' Elisabeth Moss Eyeing BBC Miniseries Lead and More Casting News

by Laura Prudom, posted Nov 3rd 2011 9:15AM
Mary SteenburgenWe're still not sure when NBC's '30 Rock' will return to our screens (fingers crossed for early midseason), but when it comes back, expect an extra injection of hilarity from Mary Steenburgen.

According to EW, Steenburgen will guest-star as Charlotte, the "highly spirited and attractive" mother of Elizabeth Banks' character, Avery.

In her multi-episode arc, expect to see WASP-ish Charlotte going head to head with Jack (Alec Baldwin).

Hit the jump for more casting news.

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Watch 'Mad Men' Star Kiernan Shipka Play Psychologist to Child Stars (VIDEO)

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 20th 2011 1:20PM
Kiernan Shipka Funny or DieWe love Kiernan Shipka. We also enjoy Funny or Die videos. When the two meet? Genius.

In this new video, Shipka decides to play psychologist to child stars because of all she's learned from Sally Draper's sessions on 'Mad Men.' Can she help 'Modern Family' scene-stealer Nolan Gould stop making witty asides? Will she be able to help 'Toddlers and Tiaras' breakout star Eden Wood see her real face?

Find out in the video below! Plus, look out of a surprisingly funny self-deprecating appearance from 'Boy Meets World' star Danielle Fishel.

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'NCIS' Casts Melinda McGraw as Gibbs' Ex-Wife

by Catherine Lawson, posted Sep 29th 2011 6:55AM
Melinda McGrawSenior Special Agent Jethro Gibbs' penchant for marrying redheads has long been a source of humor on 'NCIS,' and this season we'll finally get to meet one of his ex-wives, the oft-mentioned Diane.

According to TVGuide.com, 'Mad Men' alum -- and redhead -- Melinda McGraw will guest star as Diane on an episode called 'Devil's Triangle,' airing in early November.

She'll be joined by Joe Spano, who plays her character's other ex-husband (and Gibbs' best friend), FBI Special Agent Tobias Fornell.

"Imagine being the ex-wife of both Gibbs and FBI Agent Fornell," says 'NCIS' executive producer Gary Glasberg.

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Emmy Shocker: A Broadcast With Suspense and Surprising Wins

by Maureen Ryan, posted Sep 19th 2011 12:45AM
Many Emmy pundits create lists of "should win" and "will win" picks every year.

This year, it felt like many of the "should wins" did win. It made for -- and I can't believe I'm saying this -- a rather delightful Emmy broadcast.

Sunday's Emmy broadcast rewarded so many truly deserving and excited winners from shows like 'Justified,' 'Friday Night Lights,' 'Game of Thrones' and 'Downton Abbey' that it's hard to find much to complain about.

There were a few repeat winners this year, but there was also a lot of fresh blood and well-deserved recognition. When I think back on the broadcast, I won't think about the occasional dead spots, I'll think about Melissa McCarthy's surprise win, Margo Martindale's tears for her 'Justified' Emmy and Kyle Chandler's stunned speech after he won for his great work on 'Friday Night Lights.'

This Emmy broadcast gave some lovely recognition to people who truly deserved it, and Jane Lynch wasn't a bad host, either. All in all, what's usually a three-hour slogfest passed by relatively quickly and mostly painlessly this time around (the most painful part was that In Memoriam section, but more on that later).

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'Mad Men' Emmy Winning Streak Continues

by Maureen Ryan, posted Sep 18th 2011 11:35PM
'Mad Men' had to watch other dramas take home the acting, directing and writing awards Sunday night, but it still won big at the Emmys.

For the fourth year in a row, the AMC drama took home the Best Drama Emmy, and winning didn't appear to have gotten old for the show's ecstatic cast and producers.

Mad Men cast

Surrounded by dozens of producers, writers and cast members from the show, creator Matthew Weiner said, "Oh my goodness. I did not think that was going to happen."

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Emmys Opening Musical Number: Did Jane Lynch or Jimmy Fallon Do It Better? (VIDEO)

by Jean Bentley, posted Sep 18th 2011 9:05PM
Jane Lynch Emmys openerJane Lynch kicked off the 2011 Emmy Awards with a musical number filled with celebrity cameos (Leonard Nimoy!), which, coincidentally, is how Jimmy Fallon kicked off the 2010 ceremony.

So, how did the two compare?

Well, Fallon went big with a 'Glee' tribute and Bruce Springsteen cover, while Lynch took the solo route with an original number about the magic of television and how everyone on TV lives in the same building.

Both recruited a ton of celebs to help out, but Fallon had the stars sing along with him while Lynch dropped into different show sets. Both included a requisite 'Dancing With the Stars' dig, though.

Who nabbed the bigger stars?

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Kathie Lee and Hoda Make Their 2011 Emmy Picks (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Sep 16th 2011 4:45PM
Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford on the Emmys on 'Today'The 2011 Emmy Awards air Sunday, and Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb took a look at the field Friday on 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM on NBC) with People Magazine's style and beauty editor Pamela Edwards Christiani. They went through the major categories and picked a few favorites from 'Mad Men,' 'The Good Wife,' and 'The Office.'

Christiani picked Jon Hamm over Steve Buscemi, Kyle Chandler, Michael C. Hall, Hugh Laurie, and Timothy Olyphant for lead actor in a drama. "It's his year. I don't know if you paid attention to 'Mad Men' last season, his character was so intense. The downward spiral -- Don Draper brought it to us this year." She also likes Julianna Margulies for 'The Good Wife,' citing the show's critical acclaim and fan popularity.

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EXCLUSIVE: 'Mad Men' Star John Slattery Coming to 'The Simpsons'

by Maggie Furlong, posted Aug 30th 2011 8:00PM
John Slatter, 'Mad Men'Not everyone in Hollywood really knows each other, but it's pretty darn close. Take, for example, my day on the set of NBC's new sitcom 'Free Agents.' Knowing that they're shooting at the same studios where 'Mad Men' shoots was one thing, but the 'Mad Men' ties don't stop there.

I caught up with star Hank Azaria who plays Alex on 'Free Agents' (previews Wed., Sept. 14, 10:30PM ET), a PR exec whose unlucky-in-love personal life starts to bleed into his work life. We talked a lot about the show -- more to come closer to premiere -- but he also had a few tidbits to share about some of the 'Mad Men' cast.

In a brief moment of 'Simpsons' conversation, Azaria talked about guest stars for the show's upcoming season (premieres Sun., Sept. 25, 8PM ET on Fox). "We're actually recording our 23rd season now, and it's hard to remember anything, because we don't memorize anything, and we've done so many. I just assume every major recording and movie star and television star has been through there -- and they pretty much have -- but I run into John Slattery a lot, and I know he did a voice this year."

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Emmy Nominee Randee Heller Talks 'Mad Men,' Her Awards Competition & More

by Maggie Furlong, posted Aug 23rd 2011 3:00PM
The offices of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce got a little shake-up last season on 'Mad Men' with the help of a sassy secretary who -- shocker! -- Don and the guys had zero interest in sleeping with.

Ida Blankenship, Bert Cooper's veteran desk jockey who was talked about but never seen, was given the reassignment of a lifetime: front and center working Don Draper's desk. Then (spoiler alert for those who haven't seen Season 4!) her lifetime ended right there in the office.

Not that Blankenship wasn't ever a looker or worthy of an office tryst -- Roger Sterling even referred to her as the Queen of Perversions when reminiscing about his long-past fling with her -- but in her final months on the job, she was much more valued for the comic relief she offered.



That delivery was courtesy of Randee Heller, veteran stage and screen actress who, before Blankenship, was probably best known as Billy Crystal's lesbian roommate on 'Soap' and Danielson's mom in the first two 'Karate Kid' movies.

Now on the heels of her first Emmy nomination, planning for her first ever awards show, Heller looks back on her time as Blankenship fondly ... even if she didn't get to keep any of her wardrobe.

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Be Careful Around January Jones, Former Bobby Draper Warns Child Actors

by Chris Harnick, posted Aug 23rd 2011 11:30AM
January Jones, Jared GilmoreJanuary Jones has made a career out of playing some rather chilly characters -- Betty on 'Mad Men' and Emma Frost in 'X-Men: First Class' -- but does life imitate art? Well, maybe.

Jared Gilmore, who played the Emmy-nominated actress' son Bobby on 'Mad Men,' had some words of advice for the next young actor who takes his place.

"Be careful around January [Jones]," he told TV Guide Magazine. "She's not as approachable as the others. She's really serious about what she does. Everyone else is so nice."

Uh oh -- when a little boy is scared to talk to you, you might want to re-examine your public persona.

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The Highball-o-Meter: Grading 'The Hour' and Other 'Mad Men' Lookalikes

by Maureen Ryan, posted Aug 17th 2011 3:45PM
Mad MenBetween BBC America's British import 'The Hour' (premieres Wed., Aug. 17 at 10PM ET), NBC's 'The Playboy Club' and ABC's 'Pan Am,' several dramas in coming weeks attempt to ride the coattails of awards darling 'Mad Men.'

The important question: Are any of them worthy of comparisons to the iconic AMC drama? I've seen them all, and here are my assessments:

'MAD MEN'
Season 5 went in to production Aug. 8; the show isn't rumored to return on AMC until March 2012
The Year/The Setting: First season began in 1960, most recent season took place in 1965.
The Handsome Man at the Center of It All: Don Draper (Jon Hamm).
The Ambitious Young Woman: Copy writer Peggy Olsen (Elisabeth Moss).
The Witty Other Guy: Roger Sterling (John Slattery)
The General Vibe: Existential angst and dry humor filtered through a haze of cigarette smoke.
Liquor consumption level: Fairly epic.
Highball-o-meter: Four out of four. We really have to wait until next year for this show to return? Sigh.

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'Mad,' 'Bad' and 'Walking' Into the Headlines: An AMC Timeline

by Maureen Ryan, posted Aug 4th 2011 2:00PM
It feels as though AMC's scripted fare has been part of the TV landscape forever, but it's worth noting that Don Draper and 'Mad Men' only arrived on our TV screens four years ago.

As Don well knows, hitting the big time can create its own set of problems. As AMC has dealt with the challenges that success brings, it has endured a roller-coaster ride of conflict and controversy, especially in recent months.

Here's the short version of AMC's recent history, a companion piece to our interview with network President Charlie Collier.

June 25, 2006: The miniseries 'Broken Trail' debuts and garners a very impressive 9.7 million viewers for the channel.

July 19, 2007: 'Mad Men' debuts, goes on to win dozens of awards and reside at or near the top of most critics' yearly Top 10 lists.

Jan. 20, 2008: 'Breaking Bad' debuts, and after an uneven strike-shortened first season, eventually joins 'Mad Men' as one of the most critically acclaimed shows on TV.

Early 2009: In a ritual that would be repeated two years later, negotiations between 'Mad Men' creator Matthew Weiner and AMC become public and acrimonious, but he eventually signs on to do Seasons 3 and 4 of the show.

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AMC President Charlie Collier Addresses the 'Breaking Bad' & 'Walking Dead' Controversies

by Maureen Ryan, posted Aug 4th 2011 1:50PM
The Walking Dead The AMC network has followed a trajectory not unlike that of Don Draper, the ad man at the center of 'Mad Men.'

AMC's first two dramas, 'Mad Men' and 'Breaking Bad,' have been showered with acclaim, and the network had a huge hit last fall with the zombie chronicle 'The Walking Dead.' But just as Don Draper's image took a hit in the fourth season of 'Mad Men,' AMC has been enduring its own share of troubles during the past year. A timeline of AMC's ups and downs is here, but suffice to say, controversies over of 'Breaking Bad,' 'Mad Men,' 'The Walking Dead' and 'The Killing' make for a change from a few years of glowing coverage of the network's rapid ascent.

Charlie Collier, AMC's president, has a theory on why some of these things are happening this year. In a Thursday interview, he said it's partly due to the fact that the network has "a higher profile" these days. As he noted, AMC has "been in the business a relatively finite amount of time."

Having a higher profile sometimes makes you a bigger target, a fact that Don Draper and 'Breaking Bad's' Walt White know well. AMC is learning that too. As Collier said. "It's very difficult to live at a time where soundbites are perceived to be facts."

In the interest of not just providing soundbites, I asked Collier an array of questions about challenges facing the network -- and some of those big-picture challenges preceded its recent troubles. In the interview below, Collier addressed the ongoing negotiations over 'Breaking Bad's' final season or seasons, talked about 'The Walking Dead' situation and discussed what the network's goals are in the long term.

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'Breaking Bad' in Crisis as Talks Stall Between Producers and AMC

by Catherine Lawson, posted Aug 2nd 2011 5:45AM
'Breaking Bad' Season 4It's been a drama-filled summer off-screen at cable network AMC and now comes news that 'Breaking Bad' is the latest series to run into trouble.

According to 'The Los Angeles Times,' renewal talks for Season 5 of the critically acclaimed drama have reached an impasse after AMC wanted to cut the number of epsiodes from 13 to six or eight.

Last week Sony studios reportedly started shopping the series around, sending feelers out to at least three other cable networks about taking 'Breaking Bad' should an agreement with AMC fall through.

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