…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.

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AMC is allowing that the beginning of season 2 in 1962 is officially leaked, and has posted a 1962 trivia quiz on their Mad Men blog. (I scored 11/15).

As mentioned in our reporting on the New York Times article, JWT will have a ten-second advertisement inside the new DVD release. Here’s an article about that, complete with cool picture, from Brandweek.

Media Bistro has an amusing take on George Lois and the Times Magazine article.

We confess that we watch each episode twice, once with the sound on and then again on mute, so as to better contemplate the stellar sets, vintage props, and bold-hued womenswear…

DVD Reviews abound! Why oh why didn’t we get a review copy? Sniff. Why oh why haven’t I got my contest prize yet? SNIFF! (I got a note from AMC on June 27 that my contest-prize DVD is in the mail. So yay. But sniff.)

Overwhelmingly positive reviews can be read at:

Hollywood Reporter did a roundtable (on June 3, but I didn’t see it until hullaballoo pointed it out) of showrunners on how they dealt with the WGA strike and other things. Matt Weiner is one such showrunner.

Movie Web is thrilled with “10 new photos” of season 2. They all seem to be the ones we had a month ago. But maybe I’m confused, because no matter what I click, I only see 3 photos.

AfterEllen.com has a juicy article on Mad Men’s women, including Carol, which mentions both the Times article and the DVD release.

Watching Peggy move from secretary to lead character Don Draper, to a woman with her own secretary at the end of the first series’ 13-episode run, was possibly one of the most satisfying arcs I have ever seen for a female character.

The article’s author doesn’t realize Joan was being snarky when she said Peggy would have a secretary. Nonetheless, the character arc is pretty damn amazing.

I live in suburban New York, but a Mad Men fan in LA reports seeing a Mad Men billboard. Yippee!

I’m not going to mention the gazillion articles that mention that Mad Men is officially on the Emmy shortlist, because it was enough weeding through them looking for real news. But it’s worth noting that the TV Decoder of the New York Times has a column thinking over each show’s chances.

A 16-page July Preview section of Entertainment Weekly mentions Mad Men’s ratings war with Burn Notice, but doesn’t give Mad Men its own page, which confuses me.

Lookey here!

…60th Primetime Emmy® Awards’ top ten vote-getters for outstanding drama series… as voted on by the entire Television Academy.

Not that anyone here isn’t expecting the nomination. The thing is, we need the nomination. Because sure, Hollywood is all abuzz, and now the ad world is all abuzz, but what we need? Some frigging red carpet time. We need John Q Public (I cannot believe I just used that) to know who the fuck we are. (Not we, but, y’know, Mad Men). And I’m thinking that win or lose, nothing will take care of that more effectively than Jon Hamm and Christina Hendricks telling Joan and Melissa who they’re wearing.

The emmy nominees will be announced at 5:40 a.m. (Whyyy???) on Thursday, July 17. And Christ. I’m a slave to this frigging blog now. Yup. I’ll be watching. My post will be up by 6:00.

Kisses, basketcases!

At The Envelope (the awards-centric section of the LA Times), Tom O’Neill compiles a roundup of nomination predictions. This is a discussion of which shows, among the top ten favorites already selected, will get one of the five nominations for Best Dramatic series. Polling five TV critics, and offering his own predictions, only three shows get unanimous agreement: Mad Men, House, and Damages.

At the Salt Lake Tribune, Vince Horiuchi discusses his own ballot.

Never has my hand been more sure than when marking a check next to “Mad Men,” AMC’s sterling first entry into original programming.

Variety interviews Jon Hamm, as part of a series on Emmy contenders.

…and our commenter kartheiser_grl hooked us up with another Variety article, this one about John Slattery and Vincent Kartheiser, focused on actors in Emmy contention for supporting roles.

TV Week speculates about the Emmy nominations, which will be announced July 17. Will the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences go with the tried-and-true, or will it favor newcomers, particularly Mad Men?

“The Academy has proven that it’s not particularly adventurous,” Mr. Keller [of TVSquad.com] said. “Otherwise, we wouldn’t have Tony Shalhoub nominated and winning almost every year.”

On the other hand, Michael Ausiello, who just moved from TV Guide to Entertainment Weekly, has faith in the Academy. “Last year I seem to remember it felt like the same old, same old, but I have a feeling that this is the year we’re going to see cable’s dominance, even more so than seasons past. I’m pushing for some new blood.”

This is double news, because it’s the first I’ve heard of Ausiello leaving TV Guide. He’s a real champion of our favorite show.

“I look for ‘Mad Men’ to really sweep the nominations, especially the acting in a drama series; it’s a show that enjoyed enormous critical response,” said Mr. Ausiello. “Even though it wasn’t seen by a whole lot of people, it seems to me the kind of show that Emmy voters would love.”

Mr. Keller also is sure “Mad Men” will get a slew of nominations, including drama series.

Watch this space on July 17.

The Los Angeles Times has an article about the breakout shows of the year, in anticipation of the Emmys. The shows they love are Samantha Who?, Damages, Gossip Girl, Pushing Daisies, Breaking Bad, and of course, Mad Men.

The settings though never distract from the struggles that take place within. Hamm notes that if the AMC show were instead on a network, “it would be, ‘Let’s time travel to the ’60s and wasn’t everything funny back then?’ We’d learn a lesson at the end of every episode about how far we’ve come. And our show isn’t like that at all.”

We just received an email from a self-proclaimed long-time BoK lurker. (We love that more of you are de-lurking!)

She is an Emmy voter, and just received… ahh, screw it, I’ll just pull it from the email.

As a long-time “lurker” on your blog, I wanted to give you the heads up (if you’re interested) that as an Emmy voter I just received AMC’s Emmy “For Your Consideration” DVD package today containing six episodes each of “Breaking Bad” and “Mad Men.” I was so excited that they sent half the season that of course it’s in my DVD player right now. The episodes AMC is sending out for consideration are as follows:

“Smoke Gets In Your Eyes”
“5G”
“The Hobo Code”
“Long Weekend”
“Nixon vs. Kennedy”
“The Wheel”

I wouldn’t want the job of narrowing the selection down! Can’t wait to vote for my favorite newcomer!

That is a lot of great stuff to pull from. A-freaking-mazing!

She gave me permission to print this, but I posted so fast I didn’t ask if I could print her name, so I didn’t. So R, feel free to out yourself if you like. And thanks for the scoop!

Kisses,

R & D