“I don’t know that those two things — I don’t think that’s a gender issue. I’m not saying that there’s an inequality of pay, I don’t know that to be — I have a lot of women on my staff and they’re competitively paid, I can tell you that. In terms of my career, if Jenji [Kohan] wants to go through what I went through to get that … they didn’t invite me over to the smoking room and sit down and say ‘well Matthew, how much do you think you’re worth?’ There was like a year and a half of being dragged around in the press and I don’t even like to talk about it, and I certainly don’t like to talk about pay. It’s one of these things, like you’re a baseball player, and I guess your salary is public, but I don’t own a baseball team. I’m a player! There’s no player making as much as the person owning the team and no one talks about that … Jenji’s entitled to every dollar but you have to fight for it, male or female. No one gives you anything … I’m not informed on it but I think there’s a lot more — I shouldn’t speak to it, I really shouldn’t. I can just tell you that as an employer, I’ve been on top of this and I’ve never let anybody try and squeeze people out of it. January Jones had a baby on our show. Believe me, no one wanted to pay maternity leave on a 13-episode thing, and we did.”
In an interview with Huffington Post Live, Matthew Weiner, the mastermind behind “Mad Men” and “The Sopranos,” had some choice words regarding the gender pay gap (or, in his mind, the lack thereof). His thoughts are in response to “Orange Is The New Black” creator Jenji Kohan’s comment in The Hollywood Reporter that she doesn’t feel she’s getting paid as much as male show runners do. Kohan, who is good friends with Weiner, pointed to his paycheck as an example of how sexist Hollywood can be. I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised at his response, but the fact that Weiner writes misogyny into his work doesn’t mean the plot lines of his shows necessarily reflect his beliefs about women. Keep reading »
It’s that time again! Awards season is upon us, and what better way to remind us that we’re still irrelevant for not having watched “Breaking Bad” than by continuing to nominate it for things, am I right? Anyway…
Tons of great TV shows are up for awards this year, including some of The Frisky’s personal favorites, “Orange Is The New Black,” “Modern Family,” “American Horror Story: Coven,” “Game of Thrones” & more. To give us a sneak peek at what’s to come, the cute kids who acted out the Oscar Best Picture nominees are back to
make us want to steal them give the same treatment to this year’s EMMY nominated TV shows, including “Game Of Thrones,” “True Detective,” “House Of Cards,” “Mad Men,” “Downton Abbey,” and (surprise, surpass) “Breaking Bad.” Check out the video above for your daily dose of smiles, and don’t forget to tune in to The EMMY Awards live on NBC this Monday, August 25th, at 8 p.m. EST.
But that’s not all! The Frisky will be live-tweeting throughout the show and pre-show red carpet starting at 7 p.m. EST. Follow us on Twitter to join in on the fun!
Let’s all pour one out for missed opportunities.
Before “Mad Men” and “Community,” Alison Brie was just another starving actress looking to break into the biz. And before Jennifer Lawrence won over our hearts as Katniss Everdeen from “The Hunger Games,” she too, was hoping for a big break. It’s safe to say that Comedy Central did them each a favor by passing up the opportunity to air the pilot for “Not Another High School Show” in 2007, a spoof TV show from the guys who brought us “Not Another Teen Movie.” Keep reading »
What happens when you stick “Mad Men”‘s Christina Hendricks in a modern office and ask her to get to work? Well, she’s a little confused. Where’s the phone? How do you “fax” something? Who wants a martini? What do you mean she can’t smoke? See, if pay disparity between men and women is going to remain so woefully retro, so will she. Pass the vermouth! [Funny or Die]
We knew Elisabeth Moss played the president’s daughter on “The West Wing” and Jon Hamm once promised a lady a “fabulous foot massage” on a now-cancelled dating show. Thanks to this BuzzFeed, we now know that the rest of the “Mad Men” cast has been under our noses this whole time. Well, if you watched that “Buffy” spin-off “Angel,” anyway. [YouTube]
To this day, I think I might be one of the only people on earth who has never seen an episode of “Breaking Bad.” Even though the series has ended, its legend lives on, and I still find myself excluded from any and all Walter White-related water cooler conversation. But once a show has been on the air for a while, it seems like a daunting task to start watching from the beginning, sometimes having to catch up on several seasons, just to be able to understand why everyone keeps saying “bitch” at the end of every sentence. But I learned the hard way: it’s better to be late to the game than to never show up at all. If you’re crippled by FOMO and want to feel like you’re relevant in society, you should be watching at least one of these TV shows with cult followings … even if it means locking yourself inside for the rest of spring. Your street cred will thank you.