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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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'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.

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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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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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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:

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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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'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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AMC Sets 'Mad Men' Sunday Morning Reruns

by Chris Harnick, posted Jul 12th 2011 2:30PM
Mad MenSo you never watched 'Mad Men'? Well, here's your chance to start! Since the show is on hiatus until 2012, AMC is re-airing the series from the beginning.

Starting Sun., July 31, the network will air encores at 6AM. Yes, that's 3 hours of slick, 1960s drama at the crack of dawn every Sunday. It might be a little too early for scotch (even for Don Draper), so we recommend getting to know the gang at Sterling Cooper with a bowl of cereal.

Or, you know, just going with it when your well-meaning daughter pours liquor on your pancakes instead of maple syrup.

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'Mad Men' Star Jon Hamm Signs New Contract, Banana Republic Launches 'MM' Clothing Range

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jun 22nd 2011 6:15AM
Jon Hamm'Mad Men' fans struggling through the dry spell between Seasons 4 and 5 can rest easy in the knowledge that Don Draper will be on the show until the end.

And, for those fans looking to maintain the 'Mad Men' mood through the long wait, Banana Republic has announced that in August it will launch a range of clothing and accessories inspired by the '60s-set drama.

Deadline.com reports that in the wake of 'Mad Men' creator Matthew Weiner's new three-year deal, star Jon Hamm has renegotiated his contract with Lionsgate-AMC.

He was previously committed to a further two seasons, but that's now been upped to three in exchange for a whopping pay-day -- estimated to be an eight-figure sum -- which makes him one of the highest-paid actors in a cable series.

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Critics' Choice Television Awards 2011 Winners List

by Chris Harnick, posted Jun 20th 2011 5:00PM
Mad Men, Jon HammThe first annual Critics' Choice Television Awards honored many Emmy favorites, but gave some love to the underdogs during its June 20 ceremony.

Actors and actresses from 'The Good Wife,' 'Mad Men' and 'Cougar Town' were amongst the winners at the inaugural awards ceremony.

The show, which was hosted by 'So You Think You Can Dance''s Cat Deeley, was streamed live on VH1.com, and will air on ReelzChannel Wed., June 22 at 8PM.

Check out a full list of winners below.

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Top 10 Musical Episodes: 'Buffy,' 'Scrubs,' 'The Simpsons' and More!

by Jane Boursaw, posted Apr 26th 2010 7:00PM
Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Once More With Feeling
If 'Glee' has you yearning for more song-and-dance routines on TV, hold onto your (top) hats! From April 29 to May 5, Fox is turning several of its shows into musicals, including 'Bones,' 'House,' 'The Simpsons,' even 'Fringe.' On May 2, 'Family Guy' will celebrate its 150th episode with an extended episode featuring new and familiar musical numbers. Suffice to say the shows should be a blast, for both us and the actors.

Of course, TV aficionados know this is nothing new. Shows like 'Ally McBeal,' 'Eli Stone,' and 'SpongeBob SquarePants' have featured musical numbers regularly, and I'd be remiss if I didn't mention 'Viva Laughlin' and 'Cop Rock' (even though the latter was declared by TV Guide to be one of the worst shows ever, ouch!). In fact, we can trace the trend back to classic episodes like Bugs Bunny's 'The Rabbit of Seville' and 'What's Opera, Doc?'

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'Mad Men,' 'Rubicon' Get Summer Premiere Dates

by Chris Harnick, posted Apr 20th 2010 12:00PM
Mad MenMark your calendars and break out the martini shaker, because season 4 of AMC's critically acclaimed 'Mad Men' will debut Sun., July 25 at 10PM.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, look for last season's cliffhanger plots -- the Draper's splitting up and the disbanding of Sterling Cooper -- to be addressed immediately, making the premiere a game-changing episode.

Meanwhile, AMC also announced that its latest drama, 'Rubicon,' a conspiracy-driven show about a New York City-based government intelligence agency, will premiere Sun., Aug. 8 at 10PM. The series stars James Badge Dale and Miranda Richardson.

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'Mad Men' May End in 2012

by Gary Susman, posted Apr 19th 2010 12:45PM
'Mad Men' and 'Lost' have a lot in common. Both are critically acclaimed shows with small but fiercely devoted followings. Both feature square-jawed men and feisty dames, many of them with unresolved daddy issues, trying to understand life on a mysterious island characterized by brutal power struggles. Both shows center on thick plumes of smoke.

Now there's one more similarity: Both shows' creators decided about three seasons into their runs to end their series after six seasons. According to The Weekly Blend blog, 'Mad Men''s Matthew Weiner announced last week at the National Association of Broadcasters' convention in Las Vegas that he could not envision writing the show beyond a sixth season.

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TV 101: My Strange Hate For The Word-Of-Mouthers

by Jay Black, posted Apr 14th 2010 11:02AM
That's what all married men look like. Get it, because he's blue? Shut up.'Treme' premiered this week, but I was traveling and couldn't watch it. My plan had been to use HBO Go, but apparently "high speed internet" in Nacogdoches, TX really is just a system of tubes in the ground. The only site I could reliably connect to was a wholesale belt-buckle emporium.

Not seeing the show isn't a worry; 2010 might not have flying cars, but damned if we don't have a plethora of options for watching a show we missed. I'll eventually find it online, on demand, or on one of the approximately 419 identical HBOs that all have different names for some reason.

The only real worry I have is that if I wait too long to watch 'Treme', it'll be 'Friday Night Lights', 'The Wire' or 'Arrested Development' all over again. I'm scared that the word-of-mouthers will find out I'm not watching and they'll start annoying the living hell out of me.

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