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AFI has honored AMC’s Breaking Bad and Mad Men as two of its Television Programs of the Year for 2013. This marks the fifth time Breaking Bad has been selected as a Program of the Year by the American Film Institute and the sixth selection for Mad Men. The awards were created as a way to preserve and honor America’s cultural legacy in the moving image arts. Also recognized in the Television Programs of the Year category were FX’s The Americans, HBO’s Game of Thrones and Veep, CBS’s The Good Wife, Netflix’s House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black, Showtime’s Masters of Sex, and ABC’s Scandal.
The AFI will celebrate the honorees at a luncheon on Fri., Jan. 10.
The Writers Guild of America has announced the TV nominees for the 2014 Writer’s Guild Awards and Mad Men was honored with a nomination in the Drama Series category. The nomination is one of five garnered by AMC this year.
Mad Men writers Lisa Albert, Semi Chellas, Jason Grote, Jonathan Igla, Andre Jacquemetton, Maria Jacquemetton, Janet Leahy, Erin Levy, Michael Saltzman, Tom Smuts, Matthew Weiner and Carly Wray will face stiff competition for the Drama Series award: The writers of AMC’s Breaking Bad, CBS’s The Good Wife, Netflix’s House of Cards and Showtime’s Homeland are also in the running for the award.
The winners will be announced during a ceremony on Sat., Feb. 1 at the JW Marriott Los Angeles.
This week, the Toronto Star discusses the mood on the Mad Men final season set with Christina Hendricks, while Elisabeth Moss is one of GQ‘s “Babes of the Year.” Plus, The Hollywood Reporter chooses “The Wheel” as one of its favorite Thanksgiving episodes. Read on for more:
• Christina Hendricks tells the Toronto Star, “Every time a new script arrives we just fall on it and tear it apart looking for clues as to where our characters are going to wind up.”
• The Hollywood Reporter cites Season 1’s “The Wheel” as one of TV’s best Thanksgiving episodes.
• GQ dubs Elisabeth Moss one of its “Babes of the Year,” recognizing her for “Foreign Accent of the Year” (from Sundance’s Top of the Lake miniseries).
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. was a spy television series that aired on NBC from September 1964 to January 1968. Described by the New York Times as a “smooth, bland brew of contemporary sleuthing that stirs in a heady serving of James Bondish fantasy, gadgetry and voluptuous girls,” the show helped launch the careers of its stars, Robert Vaughn and David McCallum.
The show followed the adventures of Napoleon Solo (Vaughn) and Illya Kuryakin (McCallum), agents in an international organization called U.N.C.L.E. (United Network Command for Law and Enforcement). The series was originally conceived as a solo vehicle for Vaughn, but when audiences responded positively to McCallum’s role as a Russian agent in the series pilot, he was soon promoted to co-star status. Some considered it a bold move to pair up an American with a Russian agent at the height of the Cold War.
Poor initial ratings prompted MGM, which produced the series, to tweak the writing and shift the air date from Monday to Tuesday nights. MGM also sent the handsome stars on a nationwide tour to promote the series. It worked: “The reaction to their visits has been clamorous,” wrote the Associated Press. “Industry sources credit these tours with playing a large part in achieving a renewal of U.N.C.L.E. for next season.” By January of 1965, 20 million fans were tuning in every week.
This week, ShortList talks Mad Men with Jon Hamm, while Ellen DeGeneres imagines what Mad Men would be like without cigarettes. Plus, Kiernan Shipka discusses playing a Disney mermaid. Read on for more:
• Jon Hamm tells ShortList that Mad Men’s vaunted secrecy when it comes to scripts and plotlines makes the show “very retroactive” because “we live in a culture right now where everything is available, always.”
• In honor of the Great American Smokeout, Ellen takes a look at what Mad Men would be like without the smoking.
• A.V. Club continues its reviews of Mad Men’s Season 1 episodes, awarding an A- to “Marriage of Figaro.”
Show friends and loved ones that you care this holiday season by giving them the gift of Mad Men. Introduce the uninitiated to Don Draper and the staff at Sterling Cooper & Partners with DVDs, Blu-rays or downloadable and streaming episodes before the final season begins in 2014. Already up-to-speed? Then cultivate your Maddiction with these top five Mad Men items.
2. The Fashion File: Advice, Tips, and Inspiration from the Costume Designer of Mad Men
Emmy Award-winning costume designer Janie Bryant offers a peek into the Mad Men dressing room as well as tips on finding your own style.
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4. Mad Men: A Musical Companion
Two discs full of pop, soul, jazz, and rock ‘n’ roll that served as the soundtrack to ’60s America.
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5. Mad Men After Hours: Music for the Original Series by David Carbonara
Mad Men After Hours includes the show’s main title theme, “A Beautiful Mine,” as well as other original tunes like “Elevator Gossip,” “These Modern Times,” and “Betty Walks Alone.”
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This week, The Guardian chats with Jon Hamm about Mad Men’s imminent end, while USA Today calls January Jones one of Love Actually’s breakout stars. Plus, Kiernan Shipka is featured in the trailer for a new Flowers in the Attic adaptation. Read on for more:
• The Guardian conducts an in-depth interview with Jon Hamm, who talks about Mad Men’s end: “I am feeling pretty zen about it just now, but probably next year I will be crying my eyes out.”
• Kiernan Shipka is featured in the trailer for Flowers in the Attic (at Entertainment Weekly‘s website).
• Jon Hamm talks to The Sydney Morning Herald about why a Mad Men movie would likely not work.
This holiday season, you can settle around the fireplace with Mad Men Christmas: Music from and Inspired by the Hit TV Series on AMC. The 12-track release, available on CD exclusively at Target stores nationwide (and in Canada wherever you buy your music), features several iconic 1960s Christmas tracks and one previously unreleased remix of “Zou Bisou Bisou” as performed by Megan Draper (Jessica Paré) in the Season 5 premiere.
Mad Men Christmas opens with the Mad Men theme song “A Beautiful Mine” by RJD2, followed by Jessica Paré in an exclusive remix of the French pop tune “Zou Bisou Bisou” (Scotch + Sofa remix) by IAMX. The album continues with many of the era’s best-loved Christmas songs, including Dean Martin’s “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” Rosemary Clooney’s “White Christmas,” Tony Bennett’s “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” Otis Redding’s “Merry Christmas Baby” and Vince Guaraldi’s “Christmas Time Is Here,” to name a few.
• Asked by Entertainment Weekly about Season 7, Elisabeth Moss shares, “I’m very happy with where it is. I can say that.”
• Matthew Weiner talks to Time about John F. Kennedy’s legacy and how the events of his presidency were portrayed on Mad Men.
• Rotten Tomatoes has a primer for viewers new to Mad Men, advising, “go for the clothes, stay for the characters.”
Starting this Sun., Nov. 17 at 7AM/6c, you can relive some of your favorite Mad Men moments with encores of the Emmy-winning fourth season. Things kick off with the season premiere, “Public Relations” (Peggy goes behind Don’s back on a publicity stunt), and “Christmas Comes but Once a Year” (the office throws a party for Lee Garner Jr.). Tune in every following Sunday at 6AM/5c for back-to-back episodes from the rest of the season such as “The Suitcase” (Don and Peggy pull an all-nighter) and “Tomorrowland” (Don proposes to Megan).