Secret identities and a whole lot of scandal — that about sums up television’s big premieres and finales this week. From whatever (ahem, or whomever) Don Draper/Dick Whitman is doing on Mad Men, to the deepening mystery behind the origin of the clones on Orphan Black, and however the heck Olivia is getting out of her latest jam on Scandal, there’s plenty of must-watch-live TV this week. But there are lots of reasons to get off the couch, too. Here are our picks over the next seven days:
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Mad Men has made a name for itself by airing maddeningly vague previews of the coming week’s episode. (Oh, right — it also won the hearts and minds of American TV critics — and the Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series four years in a row.) To promote its new episode at 8 p.m. on Sunday, Fox’s The Simpsons is getting all Mad at you by offering up a tease that will leave you none the wiser for having seen it. Check it out.
Fine, we won’t leave you totally in the dark. In the episode, which is a sequel to season 16’s “Future-Drama” and is set 30 years in the future, Homer gets a new clone every time he dies, Lisa’s husband is a zombie version of Millhouse, and Bart clashes with his ex-wife, Jenda (voiced by Amy Poehler), who is romantically entangled with a crab-like alien. READ FULL STORY
With Mad Men about to start its final season — or at least, the first half of its final season — fans are already worrying about finding a replacement for Don Draper and co. Thanks to Seth Meyers, they might have found that replacement. Well, not really.
Tuesday on Late Night, Meyers introduced a new Mad Men parody: Bad Me. Like the original series, it’s also about a 1960’s advertising firm — but instead of featuring the likes of Don Draper, it features Meyers himself. And if that doesn’t get you hooked, the advertising firm’s first client is Sunkist Grapefruits.
It’ll all make sense when you watch the clip below:
As Beyoncé sings: “Pretty Hurts.”
No one may know that better than Mad Men star Christina Hendricks, who is no stranger to everyone — seriously, pretty much everyone — thinking she’s quite attractive (and, you know, a very talented actress). But all that glitters isn’t gold: Hendricks stopped by Conan last night, where Conan O’Brien asked her what it’s like to experience men getting all “silly and dopey” when they see her. Turns out, it can be a bit of a hazard.
Watch our Late Night Highlight video below: READ FULL STORY
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.
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.”
Most casts show up at PaleyFest prepared to tease at least a few upcoming plot points.
But most casts aren’t governed by Matt Weiner.
The notoriously tight-lipped but charismatic stars of Mad Men bravely took the stage Friday night to dodge moderator Michael Schneider’s questions. Let’s just put it this way — you could glean more information from one of the show’s infamous Next Week on Mad Men teases.
Here are five tidbits we learned from Weiner, Jon Hamm (Don Draper), Christina Hendricks (Joan Harris), Elisabeth Moss (Peggy Olson), Jessica Paré (Megan Draper), Vincent Kartheiser (Pete Cambell), Kiernan Shipka (Sally Draper), and Robert Morse (Bertram Cooper).
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?
Elisabeth Moss is having quite the year: She won a Golden Globe for her performance in the mini-series Top of the Lake, she’s co-starring in the final season of Mad Men beginning this spring, and now, she’s on the cover of this week’s New York magazine.
Moss comes off as a Cool Girl in the New York profile, talking about how normal she is — she watches a lot of TV! she has two cats! she loves iPhone games! — and also touching on some less-normal topics, like her ties with Scientology and her relationship with Fred Armisen. We rounded up the highlights below:
Mad Men‘s 14-year-old Kiernan Shipka enjoys playing darker roles, and she’s found another one as captive Cathy in Lifetime’s adaptation of Flowers in the Attic, which costars Heather Graham as mother Corrine, Mason Dye as, let’s call him dependent brother Christopher, and Ellen Burstyn as evil grandmother Olivia. “Working with someone as amazing as Ellen, you’re completely pulled into the scene,” Shipka says. “There’s a couple really intense scenes with Ellen and I where I totally, the whole time, forgot about everything but that moment because it was so intense…. I’ve done plenty of different scenes with different actors in general where they’re like, ‘Ah, I was so mean to you!’ But it’s all in good fun.”
While Shipka watched the 1987 version of Flowers in the Attic on Netflix the night before she read for the part and will tell you The Shining is the scariest film she’s ever seen, she will happily lighten up when asked to reveal her first celebrity crush, the TV show she always quotes (Arrested Development!), what she’s watching now (Parks and Recreation! Veep!), and the movies she’s seen the most times (confirming what her mother correctly guessed after the interview, this is the first time we’ve gotten Air Bud as an answer).
Watch her take the EW Pop Culture Personality Test below. Flowers in the Attic premieres Jan. 18 at 8 p.m. ET on Lifetime. READ FULL STORY
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