Monday on Fresh Air we’re going to talk about the science of booze and hangovers. So, cheers! (And have a great weekend)
2014 Emmy Award Nominations are out today.
We’ve got interviews with several of the nominees:
Bryan Cranston, Jon Hamm, Matthew McConaughey, Tim Gunn, Jimmy Fallon, Lena Dunham, Edie Falco, Amy Poehler, Louis C.K, Fred Armisen/Carrie Brownstein, Tina Fey, Key & Peele, Amy Schumer, Jenji Kohan (Orange is the New Black), Vince Gilligan (Breaking Bad), Noah Hawley (Fargo)
Jon Hamm poses with wax Don Draper at Madame Tussauds in New York.
Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty
Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner and Terry Gross discussed the memorable end to season six, when Don finally opens up and shows his kids the brothel where he grew up:
"Usually I start [a new season] with an image in my head [of the last shot], and that was the image. The execution of that image is a totally different thing. By the time you get there — when the camera is there, the crew is there, and the actors are there — the pressure is on to actually execute it.
What we wanted to do was show that [his daughter] Sally [played by Kiernan Shipka] was both disgusted and illuminated and that she, like the rest of the world, was going to see Don. She had walked in on him with his mistress; and Megan is her friend, her stepmother. … The whole thing was already so damaged. But we set this thing up that she didn’t know who he was. They had the woman break into their house pretending to be her grandmother and Sally was fooled by it because she knows nothing about him.
It really had to do with Kiernan, the actress, interacting with Jon Hamm [who plays Don] that made it work that way. I think Jon Hamm looked at her like: “Take it or leave it, baby. This is what it is. I’m being honest with you.” And she looked at it like: “That’s gross, but oh my God that’s who you are.”
The best thing is, to me, no words: “This is where I grew up.” No words, and that’s the part that I find, as a viewer, sinks into me in any entertainment.”
Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner tells Fresh Air about Jon Hamm’s audition for Don Draper. It’s hard to believe that it wasn’t that long ago Hamm was an ‘unknown person,’ isn’t it?
"It’s become part of the legend of the show that he had to audition seven times, and that was not my doing. He was an unknown person and [the network] required some convincing to rest this multi-million dollar property on an unknown person. …
My litmus test was, at the end of the pilot you find out that he’s married and I would just sort of watch the audition and say, “Do I hate this man? Do I hate this man for cheating on his wife? Do I hate him after everything I’ve seen?” And Jon had a depth and maybe carries — even if it’s fictional — a sense of a wound, a sense of a conscience, a sense of conflict. You’re seeing it on the show all the time. He brought that to it.
Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night and I think, “Oh my God, what if I didn’t cast him?” You know? Well, I wouldn’t have a show.”
Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner spoke to the New York Times about books, writing, and what inspired him to create:
NYT: Who is your favorite novelist of all time?
Matthew Weiner: Gabriel García Márquez. I suppose there’s no doubt that he is considered one of the greatest writers of all time, but I’m aware that this is a product of the time period in which I live. I read “One Hundred Years of Solitude” in college during a semester abroad in Spain and was on a train when I finished it, surrounded by strangers, dumbstruck that it was over and marveling that all of this came out of a human being. What was called then “magic realism” was exactly how I experienced the world. And the little poetic justices, like the character who had a withered arm because he once raised it to hit his mother, filled me with the desire to create.
Matthew Weiner will be on Fresh Air on Thursday to discuss the seventh and final season of Mad Men.
Jon Hamm explains emotions on Sesame Street.
Happy Hump Day, people!
This review discusses the plotline of Mad Men, up through the end of Season Six:
Our TV critic David Bianculli was given the tricky task of reviewing the Season Seven opener of Mad Men, without giving too much away:
When we last saw Jon Hamm as Madison Avenue advertising genius Don Draper, Draper had stripped off the façade he had worn as protection throughout the series. He confessed to his true past, as a boy raised in a whorehouse — not only to his children, but to his colleagues at work, during a pitch to an advertising client. Immediately, he lost his chance to move to the West Coast office his firm was opening — and there were bound to be other consequences. This final season, it appears, will be all about those consequences.
Don always has been resourceful, and resilient, and those traits are in full display in the season seven opener. His confession last season has altered him — in his behavior as well as his demeanor, he’s a noticeably changed man. You can tell that even from one of the few scenes from Mad Men that reveals no secrets about where the series is going — just that Don is going somewhere, on a plane.
Photo by Michael Yarish/AMC
New Mad Men photos are here! Show creator Matthew Weiner hasn’t revealed what year(s) Season 7 will take place in, but the clothes can give us a clue. Work it, Joanie.
Images via Frank Ockenfels/AMC
Happy New Year! See you in 2014.
See you Monday, then!
Ah yes, and Fresh Air Weekend is Graham Nash and Billy Crystal. Enjoy!
Gonna [nonchalantly] twist through Wednesday.
Dispatches From Toronto:
AnnMarie spoke to Matthew Weiner (creator of Mad Men) about his first feature film “You Are Here" at the Toronto Film Festival.
It stars Owen Wilson, Zach Galifianakis and Amy Poehler.
Owen and Zach play two guys who are childhood friends that face the challenges of loss, substance abuse, and difficult family dynamics. The film is more of comedy than Mad Men, but it uses some of the same tropes, such as the importance of time and place.
Plus AnnMarie asks about the final season of Mad Men!