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Ashton Kutcher leads 'Forbes' list of top-earning TV actors

It looks like CBS is treating its actors pretty well, cha-ching-wise.

Two and a Half Men’s Ashton Kutcher and Jon Cryer take the No. 1 and No. 2 spots in Forbes’ annual list of highest-paid male TV actors with a respective $26 million and $19 million in annual earnings between June 2013 and June 2014. This will be the third year in a row that Kutcher, whose tech cred recently landed him a gig as a product engineer with Lenovo, has landed the top spot. Cryer, meanwhile,  is building upon Two and a Half Men’s monies with a huge book advance for an upcoming memoir that one hopes will be gossipy enough to warrant such a payout.

CBS continues its turnout of highly paid actors with Mark Harmon, who also ties for second place with $19 million, thanks to the syndication juggernaut that is NCIS and its respective spin-offs. Fresh off his Tony win for Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Neil Patrick Harris made a cool $18 million thanks to the final season of How I Met Your Mother. And even though Grey’s Anatomy is running into season 11, Patrick Dempsey still musters an incredible paycheck at $16 million, with endorsement deals with Porsche and Simmons Beautyrest mattresses. READ FULL STORY

Jon Hamm poses for a selfie with his wax figure doppelganger

Have you seen the new pictures of Jon Hamm staring at his nearly identical suited, silently brooding doppelganger?

What could be mistaken as stills from an upcoming episode of Mad Man — Don is having some existential crisis! — are actually pics from the unveiling of Hamm’s wax figure at New York’s Madame Tussauds on Friday.

The first thing the 43-year-old actor reportedly did when he saw the figure? Took a selfie, according to The Associated Press.

Both Hamms were dressed in sharply tailored grey suits. “This is happenstance, but it is kind of crazy how kind of identical we decided to dress. I’m referring to him as a human being as if he dressed himself,” the real Hamm said. READ FULL STORY

Jon Hamm mocks '90s dating show appearance on 'Late Late Show' -- VIDEO

Once upon a time, Jon Hamm competed on a dating show — and lost. But although it happened back in 1995, the internet only found out about the incident recently. So when Craig Ferguson interviewed the Mad Men star on The Late Late Show Tuesday, he naturally used the opportunity to find out more about young Hamm’s foray into dating shows.

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Jon Hamm (and his hair) promise fabulous time on '90s dating show -- VIDEO

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Long before Jon Hamm played the always-smooth Don Draper onscreen, he was trying to woo ladies on dating shows as a 25-year-old waiter. And there’s video to prove it.

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Time's 'Mad Men' cover story: What we learned

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The story of Mad Men is as much about the transformation of its characters as the changes that took place in 1960s America — not to mention the storytelling revolution of modern television. As the iconic AMC drama prepares to enter its seventh and final season, Time TV critic James Poniewozik examined the broad significance of Mad Men for the magazine’s latest cover story. Here’s his take on why we’re mad about the show.

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It’s easy to envy a guy like Don Draper (Jon Hamm) — on the surface, at least. But the tailored suits and beautiful apartment and gorgeous women are just selling points in the broken ad man’s personal marketing campaign.

“I’m always surprised when people are like, ‘I want to be just like Don Draper,'” Hamm tells Poniewozik. “You want to be a miserable drunk? You want to be like the guy on the poster, maybe, but not the actual guy. The outside looks great, the inside is rotten. That’s advertising. Put some Vaseline on that food, make it shine and look good. Can’t eat it, but it looks good.”

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Overthinking the inscrutable 'Mad Men' season 7 photos -- THEORIES

Matthew Weiner has once again shrouded the new season of Mad Men in Soviet-level secrecy, disallowing cast members from saying anything more specific about their roles on the show beyond “I am still on Mad Men” and “Please redact my previous statement.”

But as the show prepares to unveil Season 7A, the veil has lifted ever-so-slightly. Last week, AMC released a preview, which showed Don disembarking from an airplane, very slowly and mournfully. “Jesus, maybe it’s a metaphor!” we all thought. “Or maybe it’s an homage to Marcel Duchamp’s Nude Descending a Staircase, No. 2,” some of us thought. “Don is the Yellow King!” screamed your friend who proved that True Detective and Mad Men were set in the same universe, and had the GIFs to prove it.

However, new photos from the season have just been released, which strongly imply that “airplanes” aren’t just the subtext of the season: They might actually be the text. The photos show various Mad Men cast members hanging out in various stages of the air travel process, experiencing a variety of emotions running the gamut from “abstract befuddlement” to “meanderous ambivalence” to “existential perambulation.” But they’re all doing it while air-traveling! Let’s take a look, shall we?

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Jon Hamm photobombs tourists on 'Tonight Show' -- VIDEO

Watch your back, George Clooney: You’re not the only star who smolders and loves a good practical joke.

On Monday, Jon Hamm followed up his recent Saturday Night Live cameo by participating in a new Tonight Show bit. As Jimmy Fallon explained, the show had had asked tourists to pose on the “Top of the Rock” — the roof of the building where Fallon tapes — for pictures that would be used to promote Rockefeller Center. Naturally, people agreed — but when it came time to say “cheese,” Hamm appeared behind them, striking the perfect pose to ruin enhance the shot.

Watch below, and ponder whether you’d ever forgive yourself if you were that close to Don Draper and didn’t even know it:

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'Saturday Night Live' best host poll: Lena Dunham makes naked ploy for laughs -- VOTE

Lena Dunham’s Saturday Night Live had something for everyone — even her 94-year-old grandmother. There was pixilated nudity, Bible stories, Jon Hamm and Liam Neeson cameos, an obnoxious GPS that didn’t like Dunham’s singing voice, and Liza Minnelli impressions. At the end, Dunham said she wanted to french-kiss the audience, a Benigni-esque declaration of emotion that I don’t doubt for a moment. (After all, her granny was practically a third-base coach back in the day.)

The Girls star wasn’t fazed in the slightest by hosting the show, which isn’t much of a surprise — Dunham doesn’t seem like a shrinking violet. Even skits that didn’t completely work belonged to her. That is, she came with a plan, and/or the writers recognized and appreciated her voice and sense of humor and made an effort to use them. Hit or miss, I so prefer this type of Saturday Night Live sketch to the ones that have little or nothing to do with the host.

Since Dunham’s fame is still rather polarizing, it will be interesting to see how she fares in our best-host poll. Jimmy Fallon might be invincible, but his biggest challenger is shaping up to be a surprise. Jim Parsons debuted in second place with a shaky 22.9 percent of the vote, but it’s Josh Hutcherson, who finished a close third, who is becoming Fallon’s biggest threat. His support nearly doubled, and there seems to be a bloc of voters determined to win him the prize. Melissa McCarthy, who still might rally to chase Fallon, finished a strong fourth, but she’s in danger now of following Drake off the elimination plank. READ FULL STORY

What I'm Watching Now: Jon Hamm and Daniel Radcliffe in 'A Young Doctor's Notebook'

If you’ve already bingewatched every single critically acclaimed show out there, and you’re wondering what to watch next, TV critic Melissa Maerz has a few suggestions. Her column, “What I’m Watching Now,” is devoted to the best underhyped series on television (or Amazon, or Netflix, or whatever iDevice you’re using), whether they’re just premiering or have been lingering on your friends’ season pass queues for years.

Now that we’re well into back-to-school season, it feels like a good time to brush up on the great works of literature the proper way: by watching TV.

And since there are surprisingly few adaptations of the classics this fall — Chuck Lorre isn’t gonna adapt Beowulf for the small screen anytime soon — it’s also a good time to rediscover the arts and culture network Ovation, which premieres its surprisingly funny and gory black comedy A Young Doctor’s Notebook tonight at 10 p.m. ET. (The first season is only four episodes long, and you can find the right channel to watch them on here.) Or if scholarly knowledge doesn’t motivate you, what about the tawdry thrill of seeing Don Draper shoot morphine with Harry Potter?
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Amy Poehler and Jon Hamm's Emmy losers party: See the invite here

The silver lining to being rejected by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences? Simple: You get an automatic invite to the official Losers Lounge party, sponsored by nine-time Emmy loser Amy Poehler and 11-time loser Jon Hamm.

“We figured that the winners get celebrated enough so we thought it was about time that the losers get celebrated,” Hamm told E! News a few days before this year’s Emmys telecast.
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