April 2008

I had hoped to post first today, to wish my sister a happy birthday, but she beat me to it while I was preparing her gift.

I hope you’ll all join me in showering Roberta with kisses from our copious basket.

Okay, Roberta, you can open your present:


Last week, April 17th, was Joel Murray‘s birthday. Joel plays Freddy Rumsen, the drunk who discovered Peggy Olson’s knack for standing apart from the crowd, “seeing the benefit” of the product, and ultimately, for copywriting. I remember him as Greg’s goofy friend on Dharma and Greg.

And next week, April 29th, is Darby Stanchfield, who plays the oozing Helen Bishop. The AMC site/blog/thing just posted an interview with her. She’s been getting a lot of work over the last few years, and just nails it as Helen. And it’s more than simply a matter of how she works the pants…

(I’ve been working on a whole Helen Bishop post… gimme a few hours and come back for it.)

April birthday Kisses to both of you!

If you saw the episode summary, oops, sorry. I put it where it belongs.

I found this tiny item in The Hollywood Reporter:

[Gabriel] Mann will play Arthur, a wealthy, educated man of privilege who becomes associated with Betty (January Jones).

Upon looking up Mann, I find he was born in 1972 in Middlebury, Vermont (a very patrician college town; he has that look). That makes him the right age for “associated with” to have sexual overtones.

When asked about Season 2, the only thing that January Jones said was that she’d been asked to learn horseback riding, but didn’t know how it would figure in the plot. (Thanks, Roberta, for reminding me.) So, does Betty take riding lessons or take up riding and meet “Arthur”?


The Hollywood Reporter interviews David Chase about creating the Sopranos and receiving the Paddy Chayesfsky Laurel Award for Television, and Chase takes a moment to praise our favorite show.

By and large, I still find TV to be a franchise-ridden bog. I still see a lot of policemen and lawyers and judges and sheriffs. There still seems to be a very intense interest in institutions and not as much interest in the existential situation of being alive. (AMC’s) “Mad Men” is a departure from that. It’s about one of the basics of life in this country, which is desire and consumption. And I feel the same way about “The Sopranos.” Here in the U.S., where the business of America is business, I feel like “The Sopranos” was the only show that ever dealt almost all the time with money.


Hat tip to our own Hullabaloo, who pointed out an EOnline scoop that we can all get excited about. Watch With Kristen says:

Sexy Joan has an honest-to-goodness boyfriend this season. As for the launch date of season two, we only know it’s sometime in July 2008. However, I can tell you that, just as the story of season one ended on a holiday (Thanksgiving), season two begins on another nonreligious holiday. Guesses?

First guess is Dan’s, who thinks it must be Valentine’s Day, and damn, I gotta say, it’s the perfect answer. Matthew Weiner said February or March, and in the realm of non-religious holidays that leaves Valentine’s Day, President’s Day (yawn), and Mardi Gras (which is religious but not really celebrated that way). Valentine’s Day is the perfect way to give us an update on everyone’s relationship status. Like, Don and Betty, Francine and Carlton, Peggy and Junior, Pete and Trudy, Roger and Mona, Margaret and Wristcutters Anonymous, Carol and Salvatore.

Cool. A few more details available on the AMC site.

The collection is from Alexandra Patsavas, the music supervisor of several episodes. You know her work. I’ve heard her interviewed (I searched all over NPR for the interview I’d heard, but gave up). She is the starmaker who plucks hits out of the air (or myspace, among other sources) who, at this point, is best known for her work on Grey’s Anatomy.

I had so much fun googling her and following different paths, I almost don’t want to link her for you. But check out her company’s (Chop Shop Music Supervision) myspace page. And in the blog section, there are interviews with her and stuff.

The CD promises to be great. The songs are straight out of the episodes, primarily all vintage, but also includes the show’s instrumental theme by Aceyalone & RJD2.

Lookey this:

1. Vic Damone – “On the Street Where You Live” 2. The Mcguire Sisters – “Volare” 3. David Carbonara – “Lipstick” 4. Bobby Vinton – “P. S. I Love You” 5. Rosemary Clooney – “Botch-a-Me” 6. Julie London – “Fly Me to the Moon (In Other Words)” 7. Gordon Jenkins – “Caravan” 8. Ella Fitzgerald – “Manhattan” 9. The Andrews Sisters – “I Can Dream, Can’t I?” 10. Robert Maxwell – “Shangri-La” 11. David Carbonara – “Babylon” 12. David Carbonara – “Mad Men Suite” 13. Aceyalone & RJD2 – “A Beautiful Mine”

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