Remember “Basket of Kisses”? Revisit Peggy’s First Big Idea During This Sunday’s Encores

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Binge on something other than Thanksgiving leftovers this weekend when Mad Men encores resume this Sunday at 6AM/5c. This weekend’s trio of episodes feature some of Mad Men‘s classic scenes: Peggy gets her start as a creative when she delivers her “basket of kisses” idea (Season 1, Episode 6 “Babylon”); Don gets payback on Roger for flirting with Betty  (Season 1, Episode 7 “Red in the Face”); and the team presents “Mark Your Man” to Belle Jolie, complete with Don’s passionate defense, “You are giving every girl who wears your lipstick the gift of total ownership” (Season 1, Episode 8 “The Hobo Code”). Just diving into the encores this week and need a refresher? Check out the Mad Men Episode Guide for full recaps, season overviews, cast interviews, trivia quizzes, photos and more.

Mad Men encores air Sundays at 6AM/5c.

Hell on Wheels Q&A – Showrunner John Wirth Answers Fan Questions

how3-john-wirth-325In this interview comprised of questions from Hell on Wheels fans, showrunner John Wirth talks about what to expect in Season 5 and his favorite scenes from the series’ first four seasons.

Q: In Season 1, the focus was Cullen‘s search for vengeance for his family. Now it’s the search for his family. Did you go back and study Season 1 when planning Season 4? Also, how do you balance Cullen’s desire for family with his addiction to the railroad? — Speech Girl

A: In life, we sometimes go in circles when we don’t necessarily want to. It is a common theme that runs through the series. Cullen’s search for his family now is more about healing himself and becoming a whole person, as opposed to just trying to get the anger and anguish out. We’ve seen his attachment to the railroad in the past. In the finale this season, he ends up quitting, but then joining the [Central Pacific] railroad in order to find his family. What Huntington said is a good question for Cullen: How badly do you want to find your family?

Q: A script can possibly and suddenly evolve into a storyline you had not previously pondered. Has this been the case with Season 4 of Hell on Wheels, or did you have a clear understanding from beginning to end as to how this current season would play out? — Cathy P.

A: The writers have a lot of lead time before we begin production, so we have a pretty good road map before we get started. This season, a couple of things surprised me. The death of Sidney Snow [in Episode 411] and the decision to amputate his leg to try to save him was something that came up. We didn’t plan on that. The hanging of Ruth [in Episode 412] was also not something we planned on early in the season. We thought Sidney might shoot Cullen. As we started to move through the season, we knew Ezra would be killed, and it emerged that Ruth would be Sidney’s killer — then we decided where to go from there with her character.

Q: Do you know what will happen to each character by season’s end, or do you allow the characters a chance to develop with the storyline as the season progresses? – Marie
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Talking Dead Airs This Sunday 10/9c With Guests Robert Kirkman, Keegan-Michael Key and a Surprise Cast Member

the-walking-dead-kirkman-325This Sunday at 10/9c, AMC’s live The Walking Dead after show Talking Dead airs at 10/9c — immediately following The Walking Dead Midseason Finale, “Coda.” Joining host Chris Hardwick this week will be The Walking Dead‘s Executive Producer/Writer, Robert Kirkman, comedian Keegan-Michael Key and a surprise The Walking Dead cast member. They’ll be taking questions live during the broadcast, so go to TalkingDead.com and submit a video question. Then, during the episode, go to talkingdead.com/playdead on your phone, tablet or computer to answer real-time questions posed during the show. The results will be broadcast and discussed on the show in real time!

Come back to TalkingDead.com the next day to check out exclusive video and photos from the episode.

Talking Dead airs this Sunday at 10/9c immediately following The Walking Dead Midseason Finale at 9/8c on AMC.

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Video – Talking Dead Episode 507 Highlights and Bonus Scene Featuring Christian Serratos (Rosita) and Sonequa Martin-Green (Sasha)

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Want more Talking Dead? Watch these exclusive video highlights and a bonus scene featuring Chris Hardwick and his guests, Christian Serratos (Rosita), Sonequa Martin-Green (Sasha) and Paul F. Tompkins.

Bonus Scene: Talking Dead: Episode 507
Sonequa discusses Sasha’s mindset after the loss of Bob; Christian talks about how the show has helped her grow as a person; while Paul F. Tompkins jokes about the difficulty of keeping friends during the apocalypse.
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Highlights: Episode 507: Talking Dead: Sasha’s Guilt
Sonequa Martin-Green, Christian Serratos and Paul F. Tompkins discuss Sasha’s guilt at not killing Bob (Episode 503).
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An all-new episode of Talking Dead airs this Sunday at 10/9c immediately following The Walking Dead on AMC.

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Hell on Wheels Q&A – Rick Clark (Music Supervisor)

HOW-S4-Rick-Clark-Music-Supervisor-325Rick Clark, Music Supervisor on AMC’s Hell on Wheels, talks about selecting music for Season 4 and featuring a Bob Dylan song in the season finale.

Q: This is your first season as Music Supervisor for Hell on Wheels. What interested you most about working on the series?

A: I really enjoy well-conceived, well-written westerns. Hell on Wheels, in my book, is one of the best. The writing on the show is extraordinary, as is the acting. All around, it’s a top-notch show with rich, detailed characters and powerful moral dilemmas.

Q: The Season 4 finale features a just-released alternate take of a Bob Dylan classic, “I Shall Be Released.” How did you come to select that song as an appropriate one to use in the episode’s closing moments?

A: John Wirth, the showrunner, called me up with an idea for putting a piece of music in at the very last scene. He suggested the song, but performed by a different artist. I liked the song, but that particular version didn’t communicate what I felt was most effective for the scene. What it all comes down to is what works for what’s at hand. I don’t care what the song is or who it is – all I want to do is feel something. I just want to support the power of the moment. There’s an emotional nakedness to Dylan’s performance of this song, and when I put it up against the picture, it worked.

So, I called the guys at Dylan’s office and we arrived at this recording that, at that point, had been previously unreleased. I listened to it and immediately thought it was a perfect fit. A lot of people would have gone for a grand, big finish for the final scene, but to me, Dylan’s more personal feeling performance left enough air in the scene to allow Anson [Mount]’s acting to really breathe. They complemented each other. The final look on Cullen’s face, combined with this beautiful song, is pretty powerful.

Q: Talk a little bit about the process for arranging for the rights to use a song in an episode. Were there any unique challenges with arranging for the use of “I Shall Be Released (Take 2)”?
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Hell on Wheels Q&A – Jake Weber (John Campbell)

HOWS4_Campbell-325Jake Weber, who plays John Campbell on AMC’s Hell on Wheels, talks about his love for playing bad guys and his fight scene with Colm Meaney (Durant).

Q: What was it like to join the cast of a show that was entering its fourth season? Did anyone in particular make you feel at home on set?

A: I’ve known Anson [Mount] for about 10 years. He gave me a heads up that it would be a terrific group of people, a terrific writing staff, and a well-organized machine that I was joining. That proved to be the case. It was seamless. I felt welcomed and encouraged.

Q: How does feeling comfortable on set help when acting with your castmates?

A: It’s always nice to like the people you’re acting with. That always helps. I think Anson provides great leadership and makes it clear that no misbehavior or prima donna-like antics will be indulged.

Q: What appealed to you most about the role of John Campbell? Was there anything in particular about the character that stood out to you?
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Survive the Season With The Walking Dead

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You survived the year, so celebrate another holiday season with The Walking Dead. Beat the holiday horde and load your home with all the trimmings you need by visiting the The Walking Dead official store. From ornaments to commemorate your favorite characters to frightening holiday lights and sinister stockings, you’ll be sure to find gifts for everyone in your clan.

Click here to visit The Walking Dead Official Store.

The Full Series Encore Continues This Sunday Morning With More Season 1 Episodes

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During this weekend’s trio of encores, Mad Men fans should expect the unexpected. This week’s episodes, resuming Sunday at 6AM/5c, contain some of the series’ most surprising moments: Don audaciously kisses a client, Rachel Menken (Season 1, Episode 3 “Marriage of Figaro”), Betty clips a piece of her pristine blonde locks (Season 1, Episode 4 “New Amsterdam”), and the first moment we get a hint at Don’s real identity — when Adam Whitman drops by Sterling Cooper unannounced (Season 1, Episode 5 “5G”). Think you can you keep the events of each episode in order? Test your knowledge of the episodes with the Episode 103Episode 104 and Episode 105 Ultimate Fan Games. Want a more comprehensive refresher? Check out the Mad Men Episode Guide for full recaps, season overviews, cast interviews, trivia quizzes, photos and more.

Mad Men encores air Sundays at 6AM/5c.

Talking Dead Airs This Sunday 10/9c With Guests Sonequa Martin-Green (Sasha), Christian Serratos (Rosita) and Paul F. Tompkins

TD-413-Sonequa-Martin-Green-325This Sunday at 10/9c, AMC’s live The Walking Dead after show Talking Dead airs at 10/9c — immediately after The Walking Dead Episode 507, “Crossed.” Joining host Chris Hardwick this week will be The Walking Dead‘s Sonequa Martin-Green (Sasha) and Christian Serratos (Rosita); and comedian Paul F. Tompkins. They’ll be taking questions live during the broadcast, so go to TalkingDead.com now to submit your queries. Then, during the episode, go to talkingdead.com/playdead on your phone, tablet or computer to answer real-time questions posed during the show. The results will be broadcast and discussed on the show in real time!

Come back to TalkingDead.com the next day to check out exclusive video and photos from the episode.

Talking Dead airs this Sunday at 10/9c immediately following The Walking Dead at 9/8c on AMC.

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The Walking Dead Q&A – Melissa McBride (Carol)

the-walking-dead-episode-506-carol-mcbride-325-1Melissa McBride, who plays Carol on AMC’s The Walking Dead, talks about filming her action-packed Season 5 scenes and how Carol has changed since Season 1.

Q: Tell us more about the scene in the Season 5 premiere where you’re walking among zombies who are covered in flames, gun in your hand, after you’ve just caused the Terminus explosion. How bad-ass did you feel?

A: [Laughs.] Well, it was frightening because she could have been mistaken for a walker. She’s thinking, “I’m going to do the best I can here and hopefully make it out alive,” but there was a very good chance that anything could happen. It was awesome shooting all of that – the sequences of going into Terminus, the explosion, walking with walkers on fire, the fight with Mary, the reunion – just all of it. There wasn’t any part of “me” or Carol feeling bad-ass. It was about not knowing any different. This is what she had to do. It’s where we are.

Q: Did you have to go through any training for your fight with Mary in Terminus?

A: Mary and I did tumble around on the floor quite a bit, but the stunt double went into those candle holders. They didn’t want to take any chance of us landing wrong or catching on fire. They are very well-trained and did such an amazing job. We just picked up from where they landed on the floor.

Q: In Episode 506, Carol talks about all these identities of herself that have “burned away.” Have you ever experienced something like that, changing so much that the person you were no longer exists?
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