1. We’re concluding our Emmys series with another one of this year’s nominees, Jon Hamm.  He actually had two nominations this year—for outstanding lead actor in a dramatic series for his performance as Don Draper on AMC’s Mad Men, and for his work as a producer on the series.  He’s received a total 13 nominations during his career, but has yet to win.  
Hamm spoke to Fresh Air in 2010. In the interview he talks about how the loss of his parents influenced his choice to pursue acting: 

"Had both my parents been around, I probably would have done something completely different with my life. I think all performers come from a place of self-doubt and pain. Ray Romano said once, very accurately and hilariously, that if his dad had spent more time with him he would have been an accountant instead of a comedian. I think that anybody who wants to get on stage or tell jokes or sing songs has some sort of, at a fundamental level, desire to be paid attention to, and I’m no different. But my mother instilled in me an incredible desire to learn and an incredible curiosity about the world and an incredible joy in achieving things. And she also put me in creative-writing classes and acting classes when I was a little kid and encouraged me to do stuff. So that’s probably the biggest influence in what got me here."

    We’re concluding our Emmys series with another one of this year’s nominees, Jon Hamm.  He actually had two nominations this year—for outstanding lead actor in a dramatic series for his performance as Don Draper on AMC’s Mad Men, and for his work as a producer on the series.  He’s received a total 13 nominations during his career, but has yet to win.  

    Hamm spoke to Fresh Air in 2010. In the interview he talks about how the loss of his parents influenced his choice to pursue acting: 

    "Had both my parents been around, I probably would have done something completely different with my life. I think all performers come from a place of self-doubt and pain. Ray Romano said once, very accurately and hilariously, that if his dad had spent more time with him he would have been an accountant instead of a comedian. I think that anybody who wants to get on stage or tell jokes or sing songs has some sort of, at a fundamental level, desire to be paid attention to, and I’m no different. But my mother instilled in me an incredible desire to learn and an incredible curiosity about the world and an incredible joy in achieving things. And she also put me in creative-writing classes and acting classes when I was a little kid and encouraged me to do stuff. So that’s probably the biggest influence in what got me here."

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  1. Jon Hamm poses with wax Don Draper at Madame Tussauds in New York.
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    Jon Hamm poses with wax Don Draper at Madame Tussauds in New York.

    Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty

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  1. Posted on 3 May, 2014

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    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.”

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  1. Posted on 1 May, 2014

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    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 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.”

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  1. Tomorrow Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner joins us to talk about the seventh season and the beginning of the end. 
(And dishes about the cast’s first auditions) 
Photo by Art Streiber for Newsweek. View in High-Res

    Tomorrow Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner joins us to talk about the seventh season and the beginning of the end. 

    (And dishes about the cast’s first auditions) 

    Photo by Art Streiber for Newsweek.

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  1. Jon Hamm explains emotions on Sesame Street. 

    (You’re welcome)

    Happy Hump Day, people! 

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  1. Posted on 27 March, 2014

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TIME’s new Mad Men cover on the show that made television history by making history into television, plus behind–the-scene extras from the final season. 
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    timemagazine:

    TIME’s new Mad Men cover on the show that made television history by making history into television, plus behind–the-scene extras from the final season. 

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  1. Actor Bryan Cranston tells Fresh Air’s Terry Gross about how his appearance is an asset: 

I have a very fortunate look for an actor. You can’t really categorize me. My looks aren’t striking, so therefore I’m more capable of sliding into looking like other people, more chameleon-like, as opposed to let’s say, Jon Hamm, who is this handsome, striking, black-haired, chiseled-looking guy. That’s great for Jon, and he’s a friend and I love him, but I don’t know that you would buy him as Walter White. He would have to fight against his looks in order to do that. So there’s a larger range of roles that are available to me than are available to Jon Hamm, simply because of physicality. And I love that.

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    Actor Bryan Cranston tells Fresh Air’s Terry Gross about how his appearance is an asset: 

    I have a very fortunate look for an actor. You can’t really categorize me. My looks aren’t striking, so therefore I’m more capable of sliding into looking like other people, more chameleon-like, as opposed to let’s say, Jon Hamm, who is this handsome, striking, black-haired, chiseled-looking guy. That’s great for Jon, and he’s a friend and I love him, but I don’t know that you would buy him as Walter White. He would have to fight against his looks in order to do that. So there’s a larger range of roles that are available to me than are available to Jon Hamm, simply because of physicality. And I love that.

    photo by Kevin Winter/Getty

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  1. 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

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  1. Happy New Year! See you in 2014.
-Fresh Air

    Happy New Year! See you in 2014.

    -Fresh Air

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  1. David Bianculli reviews the HBO comedy film Clear History, created by and starring Larry David:

Like Curb Your Enthusiasm, the movie Clear History is both largely improvised and carefully plotted. What has to happen in each scene is outlined in advance, but how the actors get there is up to them. It’s a wonderful way to work if you have the right actors, and David does.

Some of the actors include:  Jon Hamm, J.B. Smoove, Michael Keaton, Bill Hader, Danny McBride, Kate Hudson and Liev Schreiber.
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    David Bianculli reviews the HBO comedy film Clear History, created by and starring Larry David:

    Like Curb Your Enthusiasm, the movie Clear History is both largely improvised and carefully plotted. What has to happen in each scene is outlined in advance, but how the actors get there is up to them. It’s a wonderful way to work if you have the right actors, and David does.

    Some of the actors include:  Jon Hamm, J.B. Smoove, Michael Keaton, Bill Hader, Danny McBride, Kate Hudson and Liev Schreiber.


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  1. David Bianculli guest hosts tomorrow to talk about Larry David’s HBO film Clear History, the next installment of Breaking Bad, and the new AMC crime drama that follows it, Low Winter Sun.

    Trailers are here:

    Clear History (top) Breaking Bad (left) Low Winter Sun (right)

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Baby Don Draper (via twoplus.us - big design for little people)

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    Baby Don Draper (via twoplus.us - big design for little people)

    Adult Don Draper

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  1. David Bianculli answers the burning Mad Men question: Was it worth the wait? View in High-Res

    David Bianculli answers the burning Mad Men question: Was it worth the wait?

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  1. This photo and caption reveal nothing about Don Draper’s (Jon Hamm) state of mind at the end of Mad Men’s fourth season. This article does.
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    This photo and caption reveal nothing about Don Draper’s (Jon Hamm) state of mind at the end of Mad Men’s fourth season. This article does.

    If you need to get up to speed before Sunday, Internet.

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