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“Mad Men” Loses Sal For Good

As any fan of “Mad Men” who followed the third season on AMC knows, the character of Sal, a gay art director for the ad agency played brilliantly by Bryan Batt, was let go towards the end of the season when a spurned gay client outed him. Most of us held out hope the character would return next season, but it’s now been confirmed that Batt’s contract was not renewed for season four. Creator Matthew Weiner told TV Guide that making the decision to Batt/Sal go “was a tough moment for the show, but that’s where we are. I know how people felt about Bryan. I obviously love working with him, and he has been an indelible character since the pilot. I felt it was an expression of the times that he couldn’t work there anymore. It’s the ultimate case of sexual harassment.” Keep reading »

Jon Hamm Brings His Matchmaking Prowess Back To “SNL”

The first time Jon Hamm hosted “Saturday Night Life,” cast member Fred Armisen met his future wife, Elisabeth Moss, during a “Mad Men” skit. Who will Jon Hamm’s Patented Lurve-Making Magic work on this Saturday? (Also, do you think getting rid of that awful Grizzly Man beard was a pre-condition of Jon’s hosting?) [NBC] Keep reading »

“Mad Men” Fans: Rest Your Weary Heads Here

Probably the closest you’ll ever get to having Don Draper in your bed. And having a decor-induced orgasm. [Etsy] Keep reading »

How To Get That Old Funk Out Of Your Vintage Gear

You know that vintage funk smell—a little musty, a bit pungent cheese-smelling and sort of moldy. Well, stink be gone: Janie Bryant, the “Mad Men” costume designer who turns out Betty, Don and the rest of the Sterling Cooper gang in ridiculously sexy (but not always overtly so) looks week after week (and clearly knows a little something about shopping vintage), shares an amazing tip: “All you have to do is mix one part vodka with two parts water in a spray bottle. It works every time—that’s the power of vodka for you.” [Valet magazine via Glamour] Keep reading »

The Golden Globes Nominations Are In!

The 2010 Golden Globe nominations were read early this morning from Hollywood by a supah-fine John Krasinski, Diane Kruger, and Justin Timberlake. Some of the nominees include Gabourey Sidibe for “Precious,” Meryl Streep for her roles in “It’s Complicated” and “Julie and Julia,” Joseph Gordon Levitt for “(500) Days of Summer,” January Jones and Jon Hamm for “Mad Men,” Courteney Cox for “Cougar Town,” (anyone else sorta shocked by this?) Tina Fey for “30 Rock,” and Drew Barrymore for the HBO miniseries “Grey Gardens.” The movie “Up in the Air” got more nominations that any other movie; “Glee” was the most nominated TV show.

When Emily Blunt was nominated for her role in “The Young Victoria,” Justin Timberlake chuckled, looked into the audience, presumably at Krasinski, who is dating Blunt, and said, “Oo-oh, somebody’s gonna have a good night tonight!” Oh, that Timberlake — always the entertainer. See the full list of nominees here. The 2010 Golden Globes will air Sunday, Jan. 17, 2010 on NBC. Keep reading »

Don Draper Is A Doll

Do you want Don Draper? Don’t we all? A New Zealand ad agency tasked with promoting “Mad Men” — apparently, the show’s not a hit there — created this very special Don Draper doll out of a Ken doll. “See him drink, pitch, & philander,” the box promises. It’s so cute when it’s tiny. [Vulture] Keep reading »

Quickies: The One-Liners Of Roger Sterling & Chris Brown And Wendy Williams Go At It

  • Roger Sterling has the best one-liners on “Mad Men,” so check out this video to learn how to incorporate his insults into your conversation. [F-Listed] — “I just crushed you with the most confident insult ever” is one of my faves.
  • Brooke Hundley broke her silence about her affair with former ESPN staffer Steve Phillips, saying she’s been hurt as much as his wife, in an interview on “Good Morning America.” [ABC News] — Maybe, but not as much as Steve’s innocent children.
  • The parents of “Balloon Boy,” Richard and Mayumi Heene, will plead guilty to crimes involved in the case, says their lawyer. [WSJ] — What, you mean they don’t want to extend their 15 minutes with a drawn-out trial?

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“Mad Men” Company Pride

Pete’s gonna be awfully pissed when he sees his name didn’t make the company shirt. [Relevant Now via BuzzFeed] Keep reading »

Matthew Weiner’s Feelings About The Draper Marriage Are “Unambiguous”

There’s a fascinating interview with “Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner over at The Daily Beast. He has some insightful things to say about the season finale of “Mad Men” and where things stand with the Drapers. (If you still haven’t watched Sunday night’s episode: a.) What are you waiting for? b.) Stop reading NOW!). Keep reading »

“Mad Men” Season Finale Was The Ultimate Shake-Up

Last night’s season finale of “Mad Men” was one of my top ten favorite hours of television, ever. Why? Because it surprised the beejesus out of me—and not in a kill-a-main-character-for-shock-value kind of way. Not to get all film professor on you, but the way I see it, the central tension that makes “Mad Men” so intoxicating is that the characters are miserable with their lives and act out in outrageous ways behind the scenes. But because they so desperately need all the glittering trophies of their lives (the fancy title, the corner office, the seemingly perfect family) they’re completely paralyzed when it comes to actually changing anything. They’re trapped—mostly by themselves but also by a culture not nearly as tolerant of varying life paths as we are today. I, of course, expected the season finale to continue along this trajectory. (Uh, now would probably be a good time to say SPOILER ALERT to anyone who has the episode waiting for them on their DVR.) But nope. Last night was the episode where everyone finally broke out. Keep reading »

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