Zap2It has the scoop, and may I say, what a yummy scoop it is!

The closing chapters of “The Wire” and the stylish first season of “Mad Men” lead the nominees for the 2008 Television Critics Association Awards.

Each show earned four nominations, the most of any program, and both are up for the top honor of program of the year. They’ll also compete for the outstanding drama award, and “Wire” creator David Simon and “Mad Men” star Jon Hamm are also nominated for individual achievement in drama.

The nominations are:

  • Program of the Year
  • Outstanding Achievement in Drama
  • Outstanding New Program
  • Individual Achievement in Drama (Jon Hamm)
  • Mad Men is competing directly against The Wire in 3 of the 4, and is up against Breaking Bad (among others, duh) for Outstanding New Program.

    Yay!

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    Zap2it has a feature up on the most underrated television actors of 2007, and has singled out the women of Mad Men: Maggie Siff (Rachel), Elisabeth Moss (Peggy), Christina Hendricks (Joan), and January Jones (Betty).

    If you trust the title of the show, AMC’s sterling original drama is about a group of Madison Avenue ad men, but as good as Jon Hamm, Vincent Kartheiser, John Slattery and the rest of the guys may be, we think the women deserve more credit. From Moss’ painful awkwardness, to Jones’ coiled repression to Siff’s conflicted caution to Hendricks’ put-on swagger, the show’s leading ladies all started as archetypes of ’50s femininity. By the end of the season, though, viewers saw all four women on the precipice and we suspect that when the show returns Don, Pete, Roger and the rest of the Mad Men won’t know what hit ’em.

    I like the two-word sketch of each character. I’m not sure these women are actually underrated. Sure, Jon Hamm has two movies in the works (Boy in the Box, and Mania is reporting he’s in the remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still, although IMDb doesn’t have it yet), but of the four women, the only one who doesn’t have a current movie project is January Jones. So I think all of their careers are taking off. Rather, I think Zap2It just wanted another chance to praise Mad Men (which is okay by me).

    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.