A good TV Guide interview with Elisabeth Moss (hat tip to Basketcase Peter G.):

TVGuide.com: Previously, you had said that Peggy was in love with Pete, so why not use the child as leverage…?
Moss: I don’t know what episode we were at when I said that, but she definitely was not in love with him by the end of the first season. He broke her heart when he said, “I don’t like you this way.” That was the beginning of the end for her. That’s not to say there isn’t a lot of feeling there — I mean, she had his child — but is she in love with him? No.

TVGuide.com: Does Peggy still have the same relationship with Joan?
Moss: Things with all the characters changed in a way, but Joan is still Joan and Peggy is still Peggy, and they’re never really going to be friends.

TVGuide.com: Now that Peggy is no longer suspiciously “large,” do you hope her wardrobe gets more stylish?
Moss: It definitely has gotten more stylish. She still tries to dress professionally — not like Joan — and she still doesn’t want to catch too much attention, but she gets a bit more stylish. She stops making her own clothes! And she shows a bit of “pins.”

Huh. I hadn’t realized those horrible clothes were homemade.

And Basketcase Oaktown Girl let us know about Tim Goodman’s SF Gate article:

“Mad Men” doesn’t actually start its Season Two until I get back, but I got the first episode yesterday. It came in a black, unmarked box (seriously) about the size of a shoe box. Inside was, well, another shoe box, and the contents were: One press release saying please, please, please don’t give away what happens in the first episode (or any episode) which is standard mailing fare these days. One DVD copy of the first episode. And – swag alert – one old school “Mad Men” 3D viewfinder with three well-packaged picture discs to click through (one alone was the guy falling from the building in the opening credits). Click, click, click. Then the iconic logo of the back of Don Draper’s head as he sits in his chair.

I certainly don’t intend to link to every DVD review, but this one, at DVD Verdict, is exceptionally thoughtful and well-written.

Yet it is Don Draper, with his love for the underdog and identification with the self-made, who recognizes the talent of his secretary Peggy… The contrast between Draper’s casual chauvinism toward his own wife and principled championing of Peggy exemplify the magic at the heart of Mad Men: Instead of playing the anachronisms of the show’s period setting for camp laughs or using them to preach political correctness, the writers make them the slave of character and plot.

This DVD review at NPR is unique for mentioning all of AMC’s past original shows, including Remember WENN and On the Lot, and it includes a couple of season 2 promo shots (a portrait of Don and of Joan—no spoilers).

The Museum of Moving Image website, Moving Image Source, has a lavish and insightful article on Mad Men. This is their first ever article on a TV show (thanks to Basketcase Kate for the tip!). And is the author a lurking Basketcase? I couldn’t help but notice this line:

Riotously handsome and successful, Draper is a psychological basket case.

Lots and lots of news, so I’m posting before the holiday weekend eats all our brains.

I just found this great interview with Christina Hendricks from June 28. My favorite part is that she doesn’t realize that Joan speaks in a higher voice than she does in real life. How funny!

The New York Post has a cloyingly written, but highly favorable, review of the first couple of episodes of season 2 (hat tip to Basketeer dansj).

When we return (or by the second episode, at any rate), it’s March 1, 1962, the day that John Glenn got a ticker tape parade in lower Manhattan and an American Airlines plane with 70 people aboard crashed after takeoff into Jamaica Bay…

(So my fervent prayer is that they work in one of the singularly worst advertising campaigns of all time – a 1960s airline commercial with singing wives begging, “Take Me Along If You Love Me.” Legend has it that many husbands took the opportunity to get free tickets for their mistresses and secretaries instead. Tragically, the airline then wrote thank you notes to the wives for being taken along… )

Without giving anything away, we also learn that the dreadful Peter wasn’t thrown into the street for trying to blackmail Don and we learn what happened to Peggy’s pregnancy …


…or something. A nominee to the nominees. Top 11 (11?) semi-finalists for best supporting drama actress.

Tom O’Neil of the LA Times ‘the Envelope’ has plenty to say about this list. Of interest to us:

Another surprising omission: January Jones, who portrays Jon Hamm’s emotionally plagued wife on “Mad Men.” Her role is so prominent that many Emmy observers were surprised she opted to compete in the supporting race, not lead like costar Elizabeth Moss. Instead, voters (academy membership is overwhelmingly male) chose to snuggle up to costar Christina Hendricks, who portrays the — ahem — sexually frisky office manager.

Christina is nominated to be nominated (whatever) for Babylon. I’m all for it.

Go Fug Yourself is one of my true guilty pleasures. I cannot stop myself from laughing out loud when they say their fuggy things.

Last night on the phone, I totally predicted that January Jones’s deranged ballerina suit would get fugged, and I was right.

Oh my God, you guys. January Jones is wearing exactly what I used to imagine wearing when I was a child and I had elaborate fantasies of being a cocktail waitress!

They also got Elisabeth Moss, which surprised me, because I hadn’t seen the nightmare in question.

Every time I see Elisabeth out in the world, I realize that I have completely forgotten what her normal shape is after seeing her as Peggy, so it’s nice to see her out rocking her calf muscles and her little waist, and her pretty face without those bangs curled into a hair-claw.

Of course, you have to go read it yourself to see the pictures and it’s just…hysterical. Maybe a summer as Peggy has confused Elisabeth Moss about fashion, but January is kind of irredeemable. It’s not like it’s her first time.

Sorry to be posting like, every hour this weekend. This half-hour special on AMC is really fun. It’s showing at all kinds of odd times throughout the month. I was sure I also read that, starting tomorrow, you could watch it on AMC.com, but now I can’t find that in writing.

It’s nicely grouped clips, and discussion with the cast (Hamm, Slattery and Kartheiser on the boys’ side (literally), and Moss, Jones and Hendricks on the girls’. And then Weiner finally chimes in.

This manages to be a very exciting promo piece with minimal spoilage.

NBC’s new series Fear Itself is a weekly one hour standalone horror movie. Elisabeth Moss appears in the episode “Eater” (each episode has a different cast). Of the show, Moss says:

…[T]he lure of “Fear Itself” was, well, fear itself. “I love walking around being scared,” she says.

In an episode called “Eater,” Moss morphs into a tough-but-terrified cop — and horror fan — who fights for her life inside a remote police station.

Moss grew up on a diet of fright flicks. And she kept “Halloween” star Jamie Lee Curtis in mind while filming “Eater.”

“It’s a classic role, the girl and the killer,” she says. “And being scared is basic to acting. It’s fundamental and physical, but not easy.”

The premiere is June 5, at 10pm Eastern, but that’s not Moss’s episode. I have spent buckets of time on NBC’s website trying to figure out the rest of the episode airdates, but I guess AMC isn’t the only one with a screwy website.

By Eric Goldman at IGN. Mostly stuff we already knew, but here’s a cool quote:

Weiner recalled talking to an angry man who works in advertising about some of the characters on the show mocking a real life Volkswagen ad, because he felt it truly was an important and memorable advertisement. Said Weiner, “I understand the thrill of that, but I think it’s fascinating that this firm is just on the wrong side of things.” Slattery said he felt the show was “about what people want, not what they get. All these people on this office are aspiring for something and not getting it.”

Couple of great quotes about Peggy:

    Matt Weiner, asked about her future: “I don’t predict good things for anybody out here, I’ve got to be honest with you.”

    Elisabeth Moss: “[Peggy] is capable of an incredible amount of hope and belief in something, whether it’s love or Don or advertising or that she’s not pregnant.”

Go read (and don’t forget to click the Page 2 link at the bottom, it’s barely visible).

Zap2it has a feature up on the most underrated television actors of 2007, and has singled out the women of Mad Men: Maggie Siff (Rachel), Elisabeth Moss (Peggy), Christina Hendricks (Joan), and January Jones (Betty).

If you trust the title of the show, AMC’s sterling original drama is about a group of Madison Avenue ad men, but as good as Jon Hamm, Vincent Kartheiser, John Slattery and the rest of the guys may be, we think the women deserve more credit. From Moss’ painful awkwardness, to Jones’ coiled repression to Siff’s conflicted caution to Hendricks’ put-on swagger, the show’s leading ladies all started as archetypes of ’50s femininity. By the end of the season, though, viewers saw all four women on the precipice and we suspect that when the show returns Don, Pete, Roger and the rest of the Mad Men won’t know what hit ’em.

I like the two-word sketch of each character. I’m not sure these women are actually underrated. Sure, Jon Hamm has two movies in the works (Boy in the Box, and Mania is reporting he’s in the remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still, although IMDb doesn’t have it yet), but of the four women, the only one who doesn’t have a current movie project is January Jones. So I think all of their careers are taking off. Rather, I think Zap2It just wanted another chance to praise Mad Men (which is okay by me).