We heard about this recently, and now here it is.

Zippo has created two distinctive MAD MEN Zippo lighters as the perfect companion to your MAD MEN Season One 4-Disc DVD – a must-have for any MAD MEN fan.

MAD MEN Limited Edition Lighter

  • Limited production of 1,000 – consecutively numbered
  • Vibrant MAD MEN logo imprinted and chromed out on a high polish lighter
  • DVD set packaging companion Zippo lighter
  • Packaged in a Zippo velour collector’s box

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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…)

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.

(Note: Roberta and I decided on a once-a-week news summary, but it’s only Wednesday and this is already a huge post, so here’s a half-week summary for your reading pleasure.)

The New York Times was a gift that kept on giving. After last week’s Sunday article, we had a major feature in Monday’s Business Day section.

The series was even the subject of an $8,000 question on a recent episode of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,” asking which business “Mad Men” is about. When a contestant asked the audience for help, 86 percent answered correctly.

And hey! The article says there’s going to be a 2009 wall calendar. Sweet.

But that’s not all. The Times is creating buzz elsewhere. New York Magazine’s Culture Vulture writes about the Sunday Times cover story:
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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.

Zap2it’s Top Ten Shows of 2007 has Mad Men at #2 (after Lost), with this to say:

2. Mad Men (AMC): Do you remember that movie Pleasantville, when Tobey Maguire and Reese Witherspoon entered a 1950’s sitcom? That’s kind of how I feel when I watch Mad Men. Matthew Weiner has created a show that is so evocative – with the clink of the ice in the glass, the swish of the skirts and the billowing smoke – that, as a viewer, I almost feel like I could step right in and join the office pool. That’s how vivid and vibrant Mad Men is. And Jon Hamm’s Don Draper is that perfect fusion of the right actor with the right part at the right time. It’s the kind of part that transforms careers. And it’s the kind of show that defines a cable network no one ever thought of for original programming before.

Meanwhile, Bob Sassone at TV Squad adds Mad Men swag to his Festivus wish list:

Mad Men merchandise. Come on, every other show gets hats and mugs and mouse pads and hats and pajamas with feet in them, and my favorite new show doesn’t have anything? How about some retro coffee mugs or ashtrays or cigarette lighters? How about some suits based on the show or maybe Mad Men booze? AMC, if you’re reading this, I’d spend a lot of money at your online store if you sold some Sterling Cooper goodies.

Great, thanks Bob. With my luck, they’ll listen to you, and I’ll have more things to spend my not-enough-money on.

At TV Squad, Bob Sassone tells us what he’s thankful for at this time of year.

1. A second season of Mad Men: You know how it usually goes. You love a TV show like it’s your wife or husband, and then the show is canceled after its first season because of low ratings or some other reason involving numbers. But that’s not the case with AMC’s Mad Men. I’m not completely surprised it was renewed, because when you have a period piece drama on one of the niche cable channels, there’s a hell of a better chance of it getting renewed than if it was on NBC, Mondays at 10. Most times when a show is called “adult” that just means there’s a lot of violence or a lot of sex or it’s on cable so they can swear a lot. Mad Men is adult in the truest meaning of the word: intelligent, well written, well-acted, and focusing on adult themes of relationships, society, and the workplace.

We’re thankful too, Bob.