(Blog note: Roberta and I wrote really similar posts at about the same time last night, so I’m splicing them together. This is our first attempt at a joint post so let’s see how it goes. —Deborah)

The lovely and talented dansj pointed out that IMDb has some Season 2 episode cast up. Not surprising, as actors often enter that info themselves nowadays. On the other hand, let’s remind everyone again, that IMDb is not totally dependable, because anyone can contribute.

Keep in mind when perusing the pages that the main cast is on the main Mad Men page, episode pages only show guests, infrequently recurring cast, as well as writers, directors, and crew. (more…)

Of course, it’s IMDb, it’s all anonymous and uncheckable, but the Mad Men message board has this up, and there’s not actually a good reason to lie. The poster claims it is from an email from AMC. My source at AMC refuses to divulge, so either this is false, or it’s some AMC flunky who actually didn’t know any better than to leak, because I can’t imagine a controlled leak goes to an IMDb message board.

“Mad Men” will return for another season, beginning
Sun., July 27, 2008 at 10 pm (schedule subject to change). As with the
first season, Season 2 will include 13 original episodes.

And in case you missed it, we will feature a marathon of all of Season
1 episodes on Sun., July 20 (subject to change), beginning at 12 pm.
Every episode will air, back-to-back, through 1 am.

I’ve been meaning to post this forever. I think it was a few months ago, I’m flipping through channels, and I hear a snippet of dialogue. And in like, three words, I know exactly who it is. Before I look at the screen.

His name is Henry Afro-Bradley, and he is the busboy in the opening scene of the pilot, the one with whom Don engages in a conversation about smoking.

IMDb does that thing now where they tell you the next time the actor is appearing on TV. So turns out the episode of Law & Order: Criminal Intent will be on this week, so if you care to, set your DVR/VCR/ABCs recording device thingies.

The CI episode is titled Mad Hops. The guy has like, a theme.


Sunday, May 18th, was Robert Morse’s 77th birthday.

I’d written a little piece in which Matthew Weiner talks about casting him (and other tales) here.

Quoting uh, me:

He had to audition, like everyone. He wasn’t at all insulted by that, but he “had nooo idea what was going on”. He kept saying, So much yarn, so little time, which Weiner put into the show.

From IMDb about his tony awards:

Has won two Tony Awards: in 1962, as Best Actor (Musical) for “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” a role he recreated in the film version, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (1967); and in 1990 as Best Actor (Play) for “Tru,” a one-man show in which he played Truman Capote and a performance he recreated on television as “American Playhouse: Tru” (1992). He was also nominated for Tony Awards three other times: once as Best Supporting or Featured Actor (Dramatic), in 1959 for “Say, Darling;” and twice as Best Actor (Musical), in 1960 for “Take Me Along” (an Award won by co-star Jackie Gleason) and in 1973 for “Sugar.”

I watched Tru when it was on PBS over and over (I had taped it). It was exquisite, and he was brilliance.

Happy birthday week, Mr. Morse! We are so glad you are on Mad Men.

Birthday kisses from BoK!

There’s a discussion going on at the IMDb Mad Men board about the name Sterling Cooper. Shouldn’t it be Cooper Sterling, Asks one person, since Cooper is the senior partner? Yes, says another, except that Roger Sterling’s father is the original Sterling and founded the company with Bert Cooper. And yes, says a third person, that’s right, it was founded by Sterling’s father.

Gzung?

I’d never noticed this on the show (although apparently Roberta had). The AMC site has nothing official about this. Their character sketches don’t give any back story that isn’t culled directly from aired episodes, and doesn’t say anything about this. The AMC Mad Men blog (not as good as ours) refers to this idea as a “conspiracy theory.” (Which, excuse me? Is obnoxious and stupid. There’s nothing conspiratorial about wondering about the founding of Sterling Cooper.)

Anyway, the “conspiracy theorist” remarks that Cooper has a framed picture of a young Roger with a man who is presumably Roger’s father. Roberta pointed out to me that Cooper calls Roger “Peanut,” and looks at that picture and says something like “You were so cute back then.”

It’s a whole new area of character exploration and back story that Season 2 might get into; the founding of Sterling Cooper and the influence of Roger’s father. I wonder if they plan on getting more explicit in that direction. It explains a lot about Roger (which I’ll get into in the near future).

Thoughts?

Today’s IMDb poll asks which of the AFI’s top ten of 2007 is the best. Mad Men isn’t getting much love, so go on over there and vote!