Blog Talk

I’ve created a new page for the Season 1 DVDs. By doing that, we have a quick link at the top of the page for information and discussion.

  • There are purchase links for the DVDs and the CD if you haven’t bought yours yet.
  • I copied all the details I posted as a blog entry, so that you have quick access to them.
  • Use the page for open discussion of commentaries, extras, and general DVD excitement.


1. It seems like the new design doesn’t show signatures. I’m trying to fix. In the meantime, Roberta and I will try to remember to sign things.

2. I’m really annoyed that the posts don’t have “Edit” links. You all can’t see that, but I can and man, I’m annoyed.

If you hit any other problems, let us know.


Woo hoo!

We’ve been planning this for months. Hope you like it (and I’m sure you’ll let us know in comments). The new “skin” and some new features. The original idea was to launch in conjunction with the season 2 premiere: Introduce the new look on July 27. But (a) we were too excited to wait, and (b) we’ll have plenty to talk about on July 27, who’s gonna care about a little cosmetic change when we’ve got new Mad Men to discuss?

Anyway, the new layout lets us be a little more creative visually. The visuals are mostly me (I’m kinda proud of the header). Roberta’s fantabulous contribution is the new Show Bible. The page is self-explanatory; a central location for information on characters and events. Kinda the MMdb, and very much a work in progress.

Soon, of course, there will be a Season 2 Episode List page, and full episode recaps as fast as we can manage it. Recently (if you didn’t notice), I upgraded the Episode List page so that every episode has a link, not just to the recap, but to that episode’s Quotations section.

We have other plans, but if we tell you about them, then when we don’t get around to them promptly you’ll complain. This way, you’ll just be delighted whenever they show up.

And if you have a Basket of Kisses “wish list,” let us know.

(Or, A Blog is Born.)


So, I’m a little uncomfortable with this, because it may be crossing over into narcissistic. But I was over in TV Squad. TV Squad’s Bob Sassone has been a fan of and written about Mad Men since the beginning, and I used to follow his write-ups and comment. The show finally has its own category on the site, and Bob is now a reader of ours as well. (And watch for an interview over there with Rich Sommer in a few weeks. We’ll let you know.)

The thing about Basket of Kisses, as you basketcases know, is that we started it after Season One had aired. Pretty much, right after. The first post was basically Peggy? WTF??? only with a better title.

(Actually, pretty funny. I just glanced over at that first post so I could put in the hyperlink, and I absolutely ask the spelled out version of WTF. I am very freaking consistent.)

Okay so my point, and I will make one, and it in fact ties in with my being consistent… it turns out that looking at my profile page in TV Squad, I can (and now, so can you) view all my comments in one place. So, kind of mini-write-ups/reactions to S1 in progress. (more…)

Collection Basket–BoK posts this week

  • We started a countdown.
  • We are sharing our Season Two fantasies.
  • Look. It’s been an unusual week here at the Basket. We posted for the healing of a little girl; our friend, Orien Rose. Many times. And you guys were rock stars. Thank you.
  • But also? The New York Times was also a rock star. Chock full o’Mad Men, and tipped us off to so many S2 promotional goings on. Honestly? There was so much happening that Deb had to do a mid-week round up. And then we went and posted images from the beautiful Advertising Age insert as well!
  • In the meantime, we managed to have an interesting discussion around the topic of Peggy’s gradual change from a girl who can have a good time into All Work and No Play Makes Jack a Dull Boy.
  • Know-it-alls are annoying? Not so much.
  • Deb Bond-blogged about 1962 & Dr. No

Kisses on the Lipps

  • A blog called Beyond the Roots of Lounge linked to BoK, having the nerve to call us ‘obsessed sisters’. I mean okay, hard to argue, countdown, fine, Season Two fantasies, okay, but still. I’m not 100% sure what this blog is about (and the ‘about’ section was not functioning) but it seems to be sorting out culture from pop culture, and seems to like Mad Men a lot.
  • Maureen Ryan of the Watcher offers a piece on S2 photos, and while she’s at it, gives us mad props. No pun intended.
  • And just, y’know, a shout out. So many of you posted for Orien Rose and linked back to us. This little section is self-aggrandizing by its very structure, it would be uncool to take credit, somehow, for these individual links back to us when it ain’t about us. Thank you, thank you, thank you all. And to the many people who corresponded with us about this privately. I spoke to her last night, and she goes home today. Thank you. Thank you.
  • GALACTICA SITREP strays way off-topic, (’cause we’ve never done that!) to talk about S2 of MM, and post all them cool videos. And not just because she they loves us, but because we’re cool, (??) we get a sweet mention. (Okay, I have been corrected. Because I thought it was our pal Erica who wrote it, and I thought that because I didn’t do that thing where you look at the author. But the lovely and talented Logan Gawain wrote me and gently corrected me.)

Behind the Scenes at BoK

From the Watcher, one more photo we hadn’t yet unearthed. Below the fold… (more…)


Don’t come crying to me that you’re being called names.

Hilarious. This was sent to me from Joe Bua of I am a TV Junkie, who is my life partner (well, maybe in some other life). He keeps up with Mad Men and with us as well as anyone.

Just read it. It’s perfect as is. No need for me to chime in.

Well, okay. Except to say that I keep finding errors in all these articles. I left a comment on one of them. I can’t remember which ones say what, because there have been so many. One called Pete ‘Paul’ about sixteen times and, as funny as that is, especially for those that remember Sterling’s line in Red in the Face, this wasn’t meant to be funny; it was an article from a country who was just discovering the show and was only a review of the pilot. Another article said that the DVD release date was July 7th, when it’s the 1st. And that’s a big blunder.

I do remember Remember WENN, and most people don’t. It seems like AMC is starting a new chapter with Mad Men and Breaking Bad, so I never feel compelled to make that correction.

Point is, they clearly need the direction of the know-it-alls.

And that, my friends, concludes this week’s episode of No Need For Me to Chime In.

the end by rkl.


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