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The 19 Best Summer Television Shows Ever

May 29th, 2014 3:00pm EDT
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Summer television has the unfair reputation of being the dumping ground for shows "not ready" for the fall or spring, or where offbeat series never take off or go to die. While shows have certainly been banished to the warmer months, dozens of classic shows either got their start or existed entirely in the summer.

Survivor

Reality TV existed before Survivor, but its success on CBS as a Summer show opened the door to every and any kind of reality TV... for better or worse. It was featured on the cover of TIME magazine and was one of the highest rated shows on television for its first ele...
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'Mad Men' Mid-Season 7 Finale: Telescope vs. Television

May 27th, 2014 8:28am EDT
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A thoroughly excellent, even inspiring, mid-season 7 finale of Mad Men, in which my favorite scene was the boy showing Sally the heavens through the telescope, which he correctly says is much better than watching the Moon landing on television. The reason, unstated but profound, is that what we see through the telescope is real and unedited, in contrast to what we usually see on television, which when not out rightly fiction is heavily edited and lacerated with commercials.

This serves as a good metaphor for everything that Mad Men is about, the difference between reality and edited realit...
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'Mad Men' Season 7 Episode 6: 'The Dance'

May 19th, 2014 7:45am EDT
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That dance between Don and Peggy in Mad Men 7.6 was creme de la creme, as was the look on Don's face when he awakes and sees Megan in his New York apartment. Otherwise -

Well, I've never been a big fan of the Pete stories and this episode was no different. Pete and Trudy are completely predictable in their attitudes toward one another, including their dialogue. The blonde from the West Coast has been the best addition to Pete's life in years, but she was put to scant use. There was a nice shot of her and Megan on the plane back to California, though.

The Bob thread with Joan was a waste ...
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'Mad Men' Season 7 Episode 5: Retrofit Paranoia

May 12th, 2014 7:20am EDT
'Mad Men' Season 7 Episode 5:  Retrofit Paranoia
Mad Men 7.5 had one saving grace, one good moment: Don finally standing up for himself and against Lou and Jim, and talking sense to the tobacco people at the end of the episode after Harry warns him, which was also nice to see. Jim's firm merging with Don's was a bad move from the outset, and it's satisfying that Don is finally fighting back for his rightful place. As only Roger and Harry seem to realize, Don is a genius and the best thing the current company has going.

Otherwise, though, the episode was littered with stories that were either ridiculous or trite. Ginsberg flipping out ...
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Kit Williamson 'Mad Men' Star Promotion For His Acclaimed LGBT Dark Comedy Series, 'Eastsiders'

May 8th, 2014 6:45am EDT
Kit Williamson
Kit Williamson, Mad Men star and creator, writer, director, Eastsiders is honoring -Five Dollar Friday May 9th. They will be having a drag name competition. If you donate $5 or more to the EastSiders Kickstarter campaign TODAY ONLY you can enter a drag name for Willam Belli's character Douglas' drag persona! If you've already donated, just up your pledge by $5 today and you can submit to the competition! We will put the top 5 drag names up to a public vote! www.tinyurl.com/eastsiders
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'Mad Men' Season 7 Episode 4: The Office Gets A Computer

May 5th, 2014 8:41am EDT
'Mad Men' Season 7 Episode 4: The Office Gets A Computer
A top-notch Mad Men 7.4, in which, among other things, a computer is installed in the office.

This gives Don a chance to wax philosophic to the computer installer about computers replacing people, which in turn serve as a potent metaphor for Don's return to Sterling, Cooper, et al. As Bert tells Don, the new company, in Don's absence, found it had no use for him. And as Bert savagely indicates, the company has no use for Don now.

Aside from the question of why Bert is being so vicious - I had the same question last week, and the same question about Joan's attitude towards Don - Bert's v...
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Meet 'Mad Men's' New Addition Kirstin Ford

May 4th, 2014 4:09pm EDT
Meet 'Mad Men's' New Addition Kirstin Ford
What's it like to break out by joining the cast of Mad Men? That's what we asked Kirstin Ford, who's signed on to the critically acclaimed AMC series as it begins its final season. Kirstin talked with us about getting the job, fitting in on the set, and what it was like to watch her debut episode last Sunday.

Mad Men is more than just the coolest line on Kirstin's resume - it was also the impetus for her to really jumpstart her career. "The interesting thing is that four years ago, five years ago, I'm sitting in my living room in Oklahoma and I'm watching Mad Men, and thinking, I've been t...
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'Mad Men' Season 7 Episode 3 Recap: 'Field Trip' And Lunch With Rod Serling

April 28th, 2014 11:05am EDT
'Mad Men' Season 7 Episode 3 Recap: 'Field Trip' And Lunch With
"Lunch with Rod Serling" - that's what Megan's director was said to be having, when she interrupted him with a request to re-read a part, and the Rod Serling mention was very apt, since this episode of Mad Men - 7.3 - was even more like a Twilight Zone episode than most in this frequently surreal series.

Submitted for your approval... Don goes to Roger, who agrees to Don's request to get back to work in the firm, except Roger tells no one about this, and when Don shows up to work Monday morning, no one knows why he's on the premises. Roger returns after a meeting with a client, another m...
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'Mad Men' Season 7 Episode 2: Flowers And The Hung-Up Phone

April 21st, 2014 9:25am EDT
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A really fine Mad Men episode with all sorts of funny and sage moments, spread out over at least three story lines.

I guess the funniest was Pete talking on the phone to Roger, after Roger had hung up the phone. This perfectly typifies the story of Pete's life, in the firm and out, making his points, playing the game with sincerity, often to have his words fall on deaf or closed ears.

Back in New York - the Pete thread was half in California, half in New York - we have a brilliant vignette of flowers, assumptions, racism, and their consequences. Shirley's fiancé leaves flowers for her ...
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'Mad Men' Premiere Has Least Viewers Since 2008

April 14th, 2014 8:03pm EDT
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The last season of Mad Men is here, and the ratings may be confirming it's the right time for the series to bow out.

According to Deadline, the season 7 premiere of the show only had 2.3 million viewers, making it the worst premiere for the series since the 2.06 million viewers grabbed by the season 2 premiere. For comparison, the most-watched premiere was the first episode of season 5, which netted 3.5 million viewers.

It's quite possible Mad Men's ratings are dipping due to "delayed viewing," which represents fans who tune in later with DVR devices. The numbers from digital recordings a...
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A Chat With 'Mad Men' Star Kit Williamson

April 14th, 2014 11:33am EDT
Kit Williamson
Kit Williamson is best known as Ed Gifford on the award-winning Mad Men. He also has a hit show of his own, Eastsiders. He is busy not only with acting but with writing, producing, directing and going to graduate school at UCLA. Yet, he still had time to speak with me.

How do you feel about Mad Men’s final season?

I am so honored to be a part this show. The world is so thoroughly, incredibly realized. It's funny, because while everyone on set is very serious about the work they are doing, it's not like there is this looming gravitas or anything. Nobody walks around like they're making...
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'Mad Men' Season 7 Premiere: Vignettes And Playboy

April 14th, 2014 9:04am EDT
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Mad Men was back with its seventh season last night - it will be its last, though presented in two seven-episode parts, over two years. As was the case with much of season 6, this first episode of the final season offered a compelling series of interlocking vignettes, rather than a single overarching narrative. Indeed, the plot barely moved forward, making the episode more like a sequence of still life paintings, brilliantly rendered, hanging on diverse walls, than a story across time.

Among the highlights of this new form of television story telling -

Don's slowly deteriorating re...
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'Mad Men' Season 7 Premiere Photos - Jon Hamm, Christina Hendricks & More!

April 3rd, 2014 3:00pm EDT
'Mad Men' Season 7 Premiere Photos - Jon Hamm, Christina Hendric
The new season of Mad Men is just 10 days away, and the stars came out in force on Wednesday to attend the season seven premiere at ArcLight Cinemas in Los Angeles.

Last season ended with Don Draper (Jon Hamm) being forced to take a leave of absence from work. His daughter Sally (Kiernan Shipka) caught him cheating, and his wife Megan (Jessica Pare) went AWOL. Peggy (Elisabeth Moss) took charge of the New York office while Ted (Kevin Rahm) headed to California.

The show's final season will be split in two - the first part debuts April 13, and the second half is expected to premiere in spr...
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5 New & Returning Spring 2014 TV Shows We Can't Wait To See

April 1st, 2014 5:00pm EDT
5 New & Returning Spring 2014 TV Shows We Can't Wait To See
Spring 2014 signals the return of some of our favorite TV shows as well as the introduction of a new series based on one of Hollywood's most twisted films.

HBO's massively popular fantasy series "Game of Thrones" returns on April 6. Based on George R.R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" series, season four will cover the second half of the third book, "A Storm of Swords."

Last season, Robb Stark, his mother Catelyn, his young wife and unborn child were brutally murdered at the "Red Wedding" by Walder Frey on the orders of Twyin Lannister, putting a proper end to the War in the North and R...
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Jessica Pare Sizzles In The April Issue Of Esquire Magazine

March 27th, 2014 11:09pm EDT
Jessica Pare Sizzles In The April Issue Of Esquire Magazine
Mad Men star Jessica Pare takes it all off for the April issue of Esquire magazine as she enjoyed a little skinny-dipping during her shoot.

The Canadian actress revealed that she nearly missed out on her "Mad Men" role when she had issues with her green card.

"I really struggled," She said, explaining that a delay nearly ended her career. "What was supposed to take three months took nine.

"I couldn't work or travel, and the momentum that I had gained from 'Jack & Bobby' just dissipated," she said of her starring role on The WB network's time-jumping drama about the future President of th...
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Hot Shots: 'Mad Men' Stars Jon Hamm, Christina Hendricks, More At PaleyFest

March 22nd, 2014 1:00pm EDT
Hot Shots: 'Mad Men' Stars Jon Hamm, Christina Hendricks, More A
The stars of "Mad Men" attended PaleyFest 2014 at The Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on Friday. Cast member including Jon Hamm, Christina Hendricks, and Jessica Pare posed for photos.

New promotional images from the upcoming season center on aviation. Don Draper (Hamm) is pictured walking off a plane and also hanging out in an airport with Peggy Olson (Elisabeth Moss). He has Roger Sterling (John Slattery) as a seatmate and looks as if he's leaving the airport with Megan (Pare) clinging to his arm.

Season 7 premieres on April 13.

Jon Hamm

Elisabeth Moss

Jessica Pare

Vincen...
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'Mad Men's' Season 7 Images - What Do They Mean?

March 14th, 2014 3:00am EDT
'Mad Men's' Season 7 Images - What Do They Mean?
New promotional images from the upcoming season of "Mad Men" center on aviation. Don Draper (Jon Hamm) is pictured walking off a plane and also hanging out in an airport with Peggy Olson (Elisabeth Moss). He has Roger Sterling (John Slattery) as a seatmate and looks as if he's leaving the airport with Megan (Jessica Pare) clinging to his arm.

So what do they all mean? Not much.

According to show creator Matthew Weiner, they don't really mean anything - they're just meant to "evoke a feeling." The show's creator told The Wrap that the photos aren't from an episode nor do they "hint at plot...
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Elisabeth Moss On Marriage With Fred Armisen: 'Traumatic, Awful, Horrible'

March 10th, 2014 3:07pm EDT
Elisabeth Moss
Mad Men star Elisabeth Moss learned a lot from her brief marriage to SNL alum Fred Armisen.

In an interview with New York magazine, Moss says of the one year relationship, "Looking back, I feel like I was a really young, and at the time I didn't think that I was that young. It was extremely traumatic and awful and horrible.

"At the same time, it turned out for the best. I'm glad that I'm not there. I'm glad that it didn't happen when I was 50. I'm glad I didn't have kids. And I got that out of the way. Hopefully. Like, that's probably not going to happen again."

Moss also learned what it...
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'Mad Men' Key Art Revealed: 'The Final Season Begins'

March 10th, 2014 10:48am EDT
'Mad Men' Key Art Revealed: 'The Final Season Begins'
It’s here! The first crop of advertising materials for the final season of AMC’s Mad Men has arrived and finally we can scrutinize over every detail and overanalyze every aspect in attempts to make sense of the usually cryptic images. Mad Men is a show infamous for the wild speculation it elicits in its fan base. The sixth season alone inspired many a crazy theory: from Megan’s imminent death to a time-traveling Bobby Draper. Of course, we don’t really need actual episodes to come up with insane theories and predictions, so as we await the season premiere in April 13, the promotional materi...
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VIDEO: Writers Guild Awards Heat Up The Oscars Race

February 3rd, 2014 11:14am EST
VIDEO: Writers Guild Awards Heat Up The Oscars Race
Saturday night was the final awards show from one of the guilds that might indicate who will win that Oscar on March 2. Starpulse hit the red carpet at the Writers Guild Awards and talked to presenters, honorees and nominees about the show and what to expect from them next in the entertainment industry.

True Blood's Joe Manganiello gave us the inside scoop on his directorial debut, La Bare, which debuted and found distribution at Slamdance last month. Oscar nominee June Squibb told us what she's most excited about with her honor and Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner gave us an exclusive on M...
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10 Toughest Female Characters On TV

October 27th, 2013 1:00pm EDT
Arya Stark
We’ve come up with a list of the Top 10 Toughest Women on TV. See who made the cut below and let us know yours in the comments section.

10. Arya Stark, Game of Thrones (HBO)

This girl is not yet a woman but she is definitely worthy of this list. Arya Stark has gone through a lot in her youth, she’s seen things no normal 13-year old should see. She’s been on her own since the first season (we’re now heading into the fourth. Throughout her everlasting search for her family, she’s had to pretend being a boy (up until this season where it’s clear she’s becoming a woman). She hasn’t gotten a f...
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Final Season Of Mad Men To Be Split In Two, End in 2015

September 17th, 2013 11:07pm EDT
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AMC has found a winning formula by splitting up the seasons of its most popular shows. Now, it's been reported that Mad Men will extend its final season across two years.

AMC President Charlie Collier said in a statement, "This approach has worked well for many programs across multiple networks, and, most recently for us with Breaking Bad, which attracted nearly double the number of viewers to its second-half premiere than had watched any previous episode. We are determined to bring 'Mad Men' a similar showcase."

The final season of Breaking Bad was stretched from July 15, 2012 to Septemb...
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Emmy Nominations: 'American Horror Story' Gets 17 Noms, Netflix's 'House Of Cards' Also Dominates

July 18th, 2013 10:01am EDT
House of Cards
After picking up nine nominations, Kevin Spacey's Netflix series "House Of Cards" will be a big contender at the 2013 Primetime Emmy Awards. The political thriller was recognized in the Outstanding Drama Series category and picked up dramatic acting nominations for its leads, Spacey and Robin Wright. It received a total of nine nominations.

The Netflix series will be facing stiff competition from last year's big winners "Homeland" and "Breaking Bad" as well as "Mad Men", "Game of Thrones" and "Downton Abbey."

In the lead actor category, Spacey will face off against "Homeland's" Damian Lew...
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Mad Men Finale: 'In Care Of' Review

June 25th, 2013 12:00am EDT
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Every season of Mad Men inspires thought-provoking episodes from smart critics across the interweb. Mad Men inspires more than thought-provoking episodes, though. Fan theories exploded during the sixth season. Scenes are captured in GIFs. Memes are created. Grantland updates their Mad Men power rankings weekly. Matt Weiner came out of the shed last week to shoot down a number of theories. Mad Men's a ferocious tempest for three months every year. People find themselves in a frenzy over it. Critics will whine about the show's overt themes in nearly every review, feeling somewhat insulted by ...
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January Jones On Identity Of Child's Father: 'It's Not The Public's Business'

May 21st, 2013 9:07pm EDT
January Jones
If you are waiting for January Jones to have a tell-all press tour revealing the father of her son Xander, don't hold your breath.

The Mad Men star has kept quiet since the revelation she was pregnant back in 2011. Rumors of the child's father included her most recent boyfriends, most notably Ashton Kutcher, Josh Groban, and Jason Sudeikis.

She tells the New York Times that the name of the father won't be hitting the news any time soon. "That's my son's business. It's not the public's business."

Jones also revealed none other than Jack Nicholson advised her to keep her personal business ...
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'Mad Men' Star Alison Brie Loves Sex, Money And Her Second Grade Teacher

April 16th, 2013 9:05pm EDT
Alison Brie
Actress Alison Brie, who does double-duty starring on AMC's hit series Mad Men and on NBC's Community, shows her sexy curves in the May 2013 issue of Esquire magazine.

The 30-year-old actress shared a long list of the things she loves with the magazine, from sex to her second grade teacher, Mrs. Carlson.

Alison, whose real last name is Schermerhorn, says she loves her surname, but can't stand it when people don't pronounce it correctly.

"[T]he mispronunciation of it is like nails on a chalkboard," she says. "It starts S-c-h, so everybody pronounces it as if it were Shermerhorn. But it sh...
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Christina Hendricks Worked As Florist During 'Mad Men' Break

April 5th, 2013 11:09am EDT
Christina Hendricks
Mad Men star Christina Hendricks indulged her passion for flowers by working as a florist during a break from shooting the hit TV show.

Hendricks, who shot to fame playing officer manager Joan in the drama, has always harbored an ambition to show off her green-fingered skills, so she took a job in a flower shop during her time off. The actress admits her co-stars were stunned when they spotted her working in the store, but she was happy to arrange bouquets for them.

She tells Flare magazine, "I always wanted to be a florist. Unless you're buying flowers for a funeral, you're only going ...
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Are Jon Hamm's Private Parts A Problem For 'Mad Men's' Wardrobe Department?

March 21st, 2013 5:00pm EDT
Jon Hamm in Mad Men
Apparently Jon Hamm has a problem most men would like. His private parts are so prominent, the people behind "Mad Men" have asked him to put on underwear while filming.

An AMC insider told the New York Daily News: "This season takes place in the 1960s, where the pants are very tight and leave little to the imagination. Jon's impressive anatomy is so distracting that they politely insisted on underwear."

The source added that Hamm's "privates are the inside joke" on the show, and he "knows what he's got." Well now apparently the whole world knows too!

In the past, the marketing team has a...
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Christina Hendricks, January Jones & More Ladies Heat Up The 'Mad Men' Season 6 Premiere

March 21st, 2013 9:38am EDT
Christina Hendricks
Several celebrities attended the season 6 premiere of "Mad Men" in Los Angeles on Wednesday. Christina Hendricks showed off her curves in a black velvet dress and ruby red shoes.

Elisabeth Moss, who plays Peggy Olson, looked anything but dowdy in a low-cut little black dress and peep-toe heels. January Jones (Betty Draper) wore a simple blue and white sleeveless dress, while Jessica Pare (Megan Draper) made a statement in a vibrant, blue and pink floral gown.

The new season of "Mad Men" kicks off Sunday, April 7 at 9 p.m. ET with a two-hour premiere. The following week, the series will re...
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First Look: New 'Mad Men' Glamorous Season 6 Photos Released

January 24th, 2013 8:20pm EST
New 'Mad Men' Glamorous Season 6 Photos Released
Yesterday, AMC announced a starting date of April 7 for the return of 'Mad Men' and now that your calendar is marked, you need to check out these glamorous new photos. The newly released black and white photos are 60's vintage era and quite chic to say the least. Dan looks dapper, Betty is slimmer, Pete Campbell is sporting some new sideburns, and Peggy looks like she's here to stay.

April 7 seems like a life time away at this point - so don't forget to catch up on AMC On Demand beginning February 11, with season five episodes rolling out each week up to the season six premiere. Viewers ca...
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