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Hi.

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…)

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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”

The Satellite Awards have announced their 2007 nominations.

Mad Men has been nominated for best dramatic series (along with The Riches, Dexter, Friday Night Lights, Grey’s Anatomy, and Brothers and Sisters).

According to Variety, Mad Men is also getting a Special Acheivement Award for “Best Ensemble, Television,” but I can’t find it on the Satellite Awards nominee page.

How does MM stack up against the competition? Roberta can tell you all about how uneven The Riches is. Grey’s Anatomy has jumped the shark (the past few episodes have been top notch, after a disasterously stupid 2+ months of this season, and sucking most of last season). My friends tell me Dexter is the best thing on television, but I don’t get Showtime so I wouldn’t know. I hated the first episode of Brothers & Sisters (hated!) and never watched again. I’ve never seen Friday Night Lights.

But hey, let’s talk movies. I have seen exactly zero of the “Comedy or Musical” nominees (Hairspray, Juno, Shoot ‘Em Up, Lars and the Real Girl, Knocked Up) but I’ve seen four of the six movie nominees (The Lookout, Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead, Away From Her, and 3:10 to Yuma), plus my friend and I have a date to see a fifth (No Country for Old Men). All the ones I’ve seen are good contenders. I imagine the Coen brothers or the Lumet film will take home most awards, but of the ones I’ve seen, I have to vote for 3:10 to Yuma, which was the most overall satsifying, solidly made, and well-structured. Second choice would be The Lookout. GODS do I love Joseph Gordeon-Levitt.