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.

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And why wouldn’t they? You’ve got Salvatore, you’ve got (sigh) Jon Hamm, you’ve got a greek chorus of guys whose girl-watching drool veritably intermingles, and you’ve got Joan, an icon bursting at the seams.

So it makes sense that Mad Men be given its props in an all-gay-year-end-wrap-up entitled Withering Glance, written by Rick Nelson and Claude Peck for the Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune.

Here’s what Rick Nelson had to say about our Joan:

…the divine Joan Hendricks as the secretarial sexpot…steers her apocalytpic bust through the steno pool like Gen. George Patton’s Third Army slicing through the Ardennes.

Claude Peck (best name ever since Roberta Lipp) on Sal:

The gay character (Salvatore, played by Bryan Batt) is closeted, but that’s actually a bit refreshing in the new era of gays exploding all over the small screen.

To me, the brilliance of Sal’s gayness is that there is no one in 2007 who would possibly mistake him for straight, while there is no one in 1960 who would possibly consider that he is gay. Except for other gays. People notice something is off, but no one is identifying it. (Joan certainly picked up on something in Nixon vs. Kennedy.) So to the contemporary viewer, it is shocking to see. He might as well be walking around the office naked. And each time he refers to a woman he finds attractive, you kind of… stare at him. And the camera stays there so we can. stare. And then a a big group Huh?

(And yet, at times in our lives, we have met that guy. Worked with him. He’s all married or dating women and singing show tunes and befriending, well, me. ‘Cause he knows a sistah. And you kind of… stare at him.)

Check out the article; it’s a fun read. Mad Men is mentioned at the end, but notably as the only TV these guys found worth calling out. Their devotion is clear.