The "smoke stick" is actually a so-called "e-cigarette" -- a battery-powered device that lets you inhale nicotine while puffing out a cloud of (supposedly) harmless water vapor.
On 'Late Show' (weeknights, 11:35PM ET on CBS), Heigl demonstrated the smoke stick for David Letterman, and Dave was so impressed, he tried the "e-cigarette" out for himself. And he liked it!
But these five Mad Men parodies that our friends at URLesque have compiled are pretty clever. Some are better than others (I still think the Sesame Street one could be better). Here are my two favorites (these might be mildly NSFW).
So how are you celebrating the season finale of Mad Men tonight? I'm doing it the same way I do it every single Sunday night at 10, with a Mad Men party! Of course, my party consists of me and an alcoholic beverage, but still!
There are a lot of people who having parties tonight, including the cool ladies over at Basket of Kisses, who are throwing a bash at Phoenix Park in New York City. Noir Bar at the Charles Hotel in Cambridge, MA is having a season finale party, too, with retro drinks and snacks and even a lookalike contest with prizes. I bet there are a lot of bars in your local area that are having parties as well, so I'd check if you feel like dressing up and going out instead of being plopped on your couch tonight.
Mad Men is that rare show that is damn near perfect. Of course, I say "near" perfect though I can't figure out what fault the show has. Everything, from the acting to the writing to the direction to the set design to the music to the costumes - is so well done. Heck, even the secondary characters are drawn in a way you hardly ever see on a television drama.
OK, it is perfect.
Rich Sommer plays Harry Crane, the Sterling Cooper ad exec with the glasses and bow tie. The character is so well written and Sommer plays him so well. You know guys like Harry, whether it's 1960 or 2008. He's the nice, married guy with glasses, but he's not so nice that he isn't above joining in on the sexist talk with his buddies and drinking too much.
Rich was nice enough to talk to me via e-mail while he was filming the second season of the show, which debuts this Sunday (new day) at 10pm on AMC.
I'm not sure why anyone, at this point, hasn't seen the first episode of AMC's Mad Men yet (anyone who wants to see it, that is). The entire first season is up on iTunes, AMC reran the show after the first run, and the DVDs have been out for a couple of weeks now, so there have been a lot of different ways for newbies and fans alike to get caught up on the show if they're interested enough. And now there's another way: AMC has made the first episode available for free on its site.
If you become hooked on the show after watching this first episode (of course you will!), check out AMC on July 20. They're going to have a marathon of the entire first season starting at noon. The second season starts the following Sunday, July 27, on it's new night, Sunday at 10pm.
(After you watch chapter 1 after the jump, click here for chapters 2 and 3.)
"Direct Marketing. I thought of that. Turns out it already existed, but I arrived at it independently." - Pete Campbell
I think it's quite interesting that the most subversive, edgy show of the year is one set in the Leave It To Beaver days of 1960. Who would have thought that? You can have your Weeds and your Dexter and your Rescue Me. I'll take Mad Men, and I'll take Manhattan.
So Disney says that they're not going to have anyone smoking in their future movies. I guess that means we won't see Toy Story 4: Smoke 'Em If You Got 'Em. But it got me thinking: will we see a ban of cigarette smoking on TV too?
Of course, you don't see much smoking on TV shows nowadays. Cigarette commercials were banned years ago, and you never see someone smoking on a talk show (I watched an old Tomorrow Show with Tom Snyder online the other day and everyone was smoking) or a sitcom (unless it's a "very special episode" about the dangers of smoking, and those are probably herbal cigarettes). Once in a while you'll see a cigar or a random cigarette on a drama (Matt Albie smoked on Studio 60).
But could they ban smoking on TV altogether?
(S01E01) I think it's really appropriate that the Emmy Award nominations were announced on the same day this show premiered, because if there's any justice in this TV land, we'll be hearing a lot about Mad Men at this time next year.
The television landscape is filled with a lot of shows that are just the same as other shows on other networks. Even when we say "there's nothing else like this on TV right now," it's usually not true. There's usually something a bit (or a lot) like the show we're talking about. Mad Men is one show we can truly say is rather original. Of course, it's original by being retro. It's New York City, 1960. The world of Madison Avenue advertising men. And it is men, as most of the women are in the secretarial pool or gum chewing telephone operators.
But the women have power too, in ways the men don't see.
Genndy Tartakovsky, the mind behind cartoons such as Dexter's Lab, Samurai Jack and Star Wars: Clone Wars has created this animated commercial for Nicorette. If you have trouble seeing the movie, right click on the link and "Save Target As." The animation has Tartakovsky's signature style, or I guess you could call it the "Cartoon Network" style. Either way, you have to appreciate the scientific accuracy of the ad: every one of us has tiny little screaming blobs inside our brain that get angry when we stop smoking. I've named all of mine after presidents.
The spot was created through The Orphanage, a video effects company that has also worked on the films Superman Returns and Sin City, among others.
[via Cartoon Brew]
But Ofcom, the British version of the FCC, doesn't care about that bit of cultural history. They've asked the Boomerang channel to delete scenes that depict characters smoking from two T&J cartoons. The cartoons in question are "Texas Tom," where Tom rolls a cig to impress a girl, and "Tennis Chumps," where Tom's tennis opponent smokes a cigar. Ofcom felt that, despite the knowledge that people smoked a lot more back then, it might give kids watching it the wrong idea. Boomerang complied with the order.
Here's the kicker: Ofcom made the request after receiving one complaint. One. Out of 60 million people. Makes the FCC look sensible in comparison, doesn't it?
(S01E10) Well, kids, this is the finally episode of Strangers with Candy, season one. I hope everyone enjoyed this little trip down memory lane and that you found these reviews to be equal parts informative and arousing. This episode brings everything full circle and Jerri ends up back in prison again by the end, though she informs us she'll be out in time to start school once the summer is over.
At the beginning of the episode, Jerri is elated to learn she's getting a D in history, which means she'll actually be able to pass and move on to her sophomore year. Unfortunately, she befriends a stoner who gets Jerri hooked on pot and she begins to neglect her homework. She also makes a bong out of clay in art class, which Jelineck correctly points out is missing a carb hole. Jelineck tries to persuade his students not to smoke marijuana, telling them he once tried it but that "the only thing it fixed was my life."
Looks like Keith Olbermann was serious when he made stop smoking the #1 news story on his Countdown the other day. He has launched a regular segment on the show titled "I Quit," which will offer tips and support to people who are trying to quit smoking. And NBC - regardless of what MSNBC chief Rich Kaplan might have thought the night the segment aired - is actually promoting it. Here's the press release.
[via TV Barn]
Did you happen to catch the end of Countdown the other night? Keith Olbermann spent the last several minutes of the broadcast revealing that he had a cancer scare too, in his mouth, from years of smoking cigars and pipes (I think that's why Olbermann has been out quite a bit lately - it thankfully turned out to be benign). He went into detail about what happened - in a serious tone - clearly upset about the death of Peter Jennings from lung cancer, and wanted to warn viewers on the dangers of smoking. It was rare television: personal, riveting, and unpredictable.
But according to the NY Daily News, is didn't go over so well with MSNBC boss Rich Kaplan. He reportedly raced down to the studio and chewed out Olbermann after the show was over, saying that Olbermann was "out of control." I watched the broadcast, and I give Olbermann credit for his honesty.
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