Monday June 24, 2013

The latest season of Mad Men  came to a close last night.  A few observations/questions:

1) Do you think they wanted to make sure everyone was aware of the new logo for Sterling, Cooper & Partners new logo?

2) Was drowning a couple of the characters' careers Matthew Weiner's way of sidestepping not killing anyone? 

3) Who is and who is not coming back next season?   Megan?  Ted?  Bob?

All is all, I thought this season had far too many ups and downs to be one of the most memorable, but it certainly did a nice job in the season finale, setting up what will be the seventh and final season. 

Here is a post-mortem interview with Matthew Weiner

And here's one with Elisabeth Moss on Peggy's future

Under The Dome  premieres on CBS tonight.  I'm going to give it a look.  Here's a snippet of a review from The Wrap : 

"That giant impregnable dome encircles the small town of Chester's Mill in the 13-episode series' premiere, airing Monday on CBS. And though it traps compelling townsfolk inside, it sets imaginations free.

It's thrilling to watch the show lay out the rules of the dome. People can see through it, but not hear. It demolishes anything that slams into it, and gives anyone who touches it a mild shock. (Some people fare worse.) It is not nice to cows.

With its collection of mysterious characters and grand, overriding mystery, Under the Dome feels more like the early Lost than any of the scores of overcomplicated knockoffs that have followed that ABC series. One reason is Lost veteran and self-proclaimed King obsessive Brian K. Vaughn, who developed Under the Dome for television. He heads the show with Neal Baer."

I have no idea why I insist on punishing myself, but I continue to watch Princesses Long Island  on Bravo.  I won't bore you with my thoughts on each cast member, but this show continues to get worse each week, as if that was possible.  The women are an affront to humanity, Judaism, females, New York, everything.  They are single for good reason and this show certainly ain't going to help their chances.

I know I'm beating a dead horse, but please watch Maron  on IFC.  Even if you don't know who he is and you don't listen to his podcast, give this show a chance.  

Cool article about the food stylist from NBC's Hannibal .  I don't watch the show, but still a cool read with pictures.

In case you missed Jimmy Kimmel's Sausage Party video

Congratulations to Scott Weiland.  At least something's going right for him these days. 

TorrentFreak takes a look back at the 10 most pirated TV shows of Spring 2013. Surprising no one, Game of Thrones takes the crown, with piracy of the show up 25% over last year. It had an estimated 5,200,000 torrent downloads (as TorrentFreak notes, it can't calculate online streaming and file storage site downloads, so the overall piracy number is probably much higher), compared with 5,500,000 who actually watch the show on HBO. Rounding out the rest of the Top 10:

  • The Big Bang Theory: 2,900,000 downloads
  • How I Met Your Mother: 2,850,000
  • The Walking Dead: 2,700,000
  • Hannibal: 2,100,000
  • Vikings: 1,900,000
  • Arrow: 1,850,000
  • The Vampire Diaries: 1,800,000
  • Modern Family: 1,750,000
  • Revenge: 1,700,000