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‘Happyish’ Review: Showtime’s Dark Comedy Is Just Sad

24 April 2015 4:46 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

With Mad Men about to end its seven-year run, a new dark comedy from This American Life contributor Shalom Auslander is debuting at April 26 to try to skewer the advertising industry and almost everything else. However, unlike AMC's Matthew Weiner-created drama, there isn't a lot to recommend about Showtime's Happyish. Despite a cast led by Steve Coogan, Kathryn Hahn and Bradley Whitford, the flabby show about middle aging, economic insecurity and social media bald spots… »

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Review: 'Happyish' is the Comedic, Antagonistic Take on 'Mad Men' You Didn't Know You Needed

24 April 2015 7:25 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

With "Mad Men" ending, most of the culture's focus has been on finding a dramatic replacement for the critically-acclaimed series. What show can fill the shoes of Matthew Weiner's giant, game-changing epic? Last year, AMC rolled out "Turn" and "Halt and Catch Fire," with the latter drawing many comparisons to the network's golden boy, but it ultimately failed to live up to the impossible standard. And that's just it: replacing "Mad Men" is an impossibility. Instead — and this is a polite version of how "Happyish" would put it — we should be moving on from "Mad Men," to a new, modern take on not just advertising, but the pursuit of happiness itself. Weiner's four-time Emmy-winning drama may have sucked us in with its sleek period dress, effectively selling us on the lifestyle of these ad execs who drink all day and dine all night. But at its core, "Mad Men »

- Ben Travers

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Review: 'Happyish' is the Comedic, Antagonistic Take on 'Mad Men' You Didn't Know You Needed

24 April 2015 7:25 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

With "Mad Men" ending, most of the culture's focus has been on finding a dramatic replacement for the critically-acclaimed series. What show can fill the shoes of Matthew Weiner's giant, game-changing epic? Last year, AMC rolled out "Turn" and "Halt and Catch Fire," with the latter drawing many comparisons to the network's golden boy, but it ultimately failed to live up to the impossible standard. And that's just it: replacing "Mad Men" is an impossibility. Instead — and this is a polite version of how "Happyish" would put it — we should be moving on from "Mad Men," to a new, modern take on not just advertising, but the pursuit of happiness itself. Weiner's four-time Emmy-winning drama may have sucked us in with its sleek period dress, effectively selling us on the lifestyle of these ad execs who drink all day and dine all night. But at its core, "Mad Men »

- Ben Travers

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Mad Men’s Matthew Weiner on Fan Criticism and This Week’s Betty and Glen Arc

22 April 2015 8:01 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

With fans, critics, and self-proclaimed Mad Men analysts dissecting every character, detail, and moment of the show’s final episodes, Matthew Weiner says he’s all for the close reads — but people aren’t necessarily getting it right. “I don’t work in a symbolic universe. It’s a story being told. Every episode’s a story,” explained Weiner when we caught him last night at the Time 100 Gala (he was honored in 2011). Read on as Weiner clarifies his thinking. So everybody is dissecting every character and moment in the final episodes. Do you think that it’s different than it’s ever been? Not necessarily. I love that they do it. I love that they’re trying to figure it out. To me, I’m just telling the story the way I always do. I don’t work in a symbolic universe. It’s a story being told. Every episode’s a story. »

- Trupti Rami

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Showtime's Smug 'HAPPYish' Is a Curmudgeon's Defense of Society's Most Sacred Cow

21 April 2015 12:39 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

In the spirit of "HAPPYish," Showtime's self-satisfied new satire of American culture, let's skip the pleasantries. Our first sight of protagonist Thom Payne (Steve Coogan) is of his outstretched middle finger, a taunting "Fuck you!" to the viewer that more or less expresses the sour, pissing-contest bravado of the entire exercise: like Thomas Jefferson, "Mad Men," brands, Jewish mothers, and teenagers, we're easy targets for creator Shalom Auslander's palpable rage against the machine of modern life, laid out in Thom's opening monologue with all the subtlety of an eighth grader's five-paragraph essay. "What the fuck is happiness?" he asks, with an audible sneer. "A BMW? A thousand Facebook friends? A million Twitter followers?" It's as if the Aaron Sorkin of HBO's "The Newsroom" rode into Matthew Weiner's artful drama on his high horse and stripped away all but the most irksome "kids these days" »

- Matt Brennan

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Showtime's Smug 'HAPPYish' Is a Curmudgeon's Defense of Society's Most Sacred Cow

21 April 2015 12:39 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

In the spirit of "HAPPYish," Showtime's self-satisfied new satire of American culture, let's skip the pleasantries. Our first sight of protagonist Thom Payne (Steve Coogan) is of his outstretched middle finger, a taunting "Fuck you!" to the viewer that more or less expresses the sour, pissing-contest bravado of the entire exercise: like Thomas Jefferson, "Mad Men," brands, Jewish mothers, and teenagers, we're easy targets for creator Shalom Auslander's palpable rage against the machine of modern life, laid out in Thom's opening monologue with all the subtlety of an eighth grader's five-paragraph essay. "What the fuck is happiness?" he asks, with an audible sneer. "A BMW? A thousand Facebook friends? A million Twitter followers?" It's as if the Aaron Sorkin of HBO's "The Newsroom" rode into Matthew Weiner's artful drama on his high horse and stripped away all but the most irksome "kids these days"...

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- Matt Brennan

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Betty Draper, the Feminist? January Jones on the Difference Between Mothering in 'Mad Men' & 'Good Kill'

21 April 2015 9:03 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Although originally reading for the role of Peggy Olson in AMC's "Mad Men," actress January Jones convinced creator Matthew Weiner to develop a whole new side to the drama series. Since 2007, Jones has played Betty Draper, disgruntled wife to Don Draper, and has provided a look into a world outside 1960s Madison Ave. Read More: Review: 'Mad Men' Season 7 Episode 10 'The Forecast' Gets LiteralIn addition to "Mad Men," which earned Jones an Emmy nomination in 2010 and will air its final episodes in the coming weeks, Jones has snagged a lead role in Fox's new comedy "The Last Man on Earth" and now stars in "Good Kill," a feature film playing at this year's Tribeca Film Festival. In "Good Kill," directed by Andrew Niccol, Jones plays Molly Egan, wife to Major Thomas Egan (Ethan Hawke), a drone pilot who not only begins to question his controversial job, but develops Ptsd as a result. »

- Eric Eidelstein

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Betty Draper, the Feminist? January Jones on the Difference Between Mothering in 'Mad Men' & 'Good Kill'

21 April 2015 9:03 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Although originally reading for the role of Peggy Olson in AMC's "Mad Men," actress January Jones convinced creator Matthew Weiner to develop a whole new side to the drama series. Since 2007, Jones has played Betty Draper, disgruntled wife to Don Draper, and has provided a look into a world outside 1960s Madison Ave. Read More: Review: 'Mad Men' Season 7 Episode 10 'The Forecast' Gets LiteralIn addition to "Mad Men," which earned Jones an Emmy nomination in 2010 and will air its final episodes in the coming weeks, Jones has snagged a lead role in Fox's new comedy "The Last Man on Earth" and now stars in "Good Kill," a feature film playing at this year's Tribeca Film Festival. In "Good Kill," directed by Andrew Niccol, Jones plays Molly Egan, wife to Major Thomas Egan (Ethan Hawke), a drone pilot who not only begins to question his controversial job, but develops Ptsd as a result. »

- Eric Eidelstein

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Spot the Throwback Stars in These Mad Men Cameos

21 April 2015 3:05 AM, PDT | BuzzSugar | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Mad Men is known for its retro references, but the recent return of the latest season has us feeling nostalgic for a different era: the '90s. A My So-Called Life star came back into pop culture relevance with a cameo, while Don's latest love is recognizable from a more recent phenomena: Twilight. They're not the first actors familiar to many of us millennials to get a part on AMC's 1960s period drama. Show creator Matthew Weiner once shed light on the casting, telling the New York Times, "I want to give people the chance to be seen in a new light." And indeed he does. Since guest appearances are never announced by the network, the surprise cameos have definitely become a fun part of watching, and some have turned into more regular roles. Let's take a look at our favorites. »

- Annie-Gabillet

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'Mad Men' Director Breaks Down Glen's Return, Bruce Greenwood and Sally's Daddy Issues

20 April 2015 10:32 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Mad Men is quietly careening toward its May 17 series finale on AMC, offering up subtle hints about the possible endgame during these last episodes with the addition of more guest stars — both old and new. Spoilers ahead for anybody who has yet to watch. Sunday's episode, "The Forecast," brought the notable return of Glen Bishop (played by creator Matthew Weiner's son Marten Holden Weiner) and the addition of a suitor for Joan (Christina Hendricks) in Bruce Greenwood. It also marked the first real focus on the Francis household and Sally (Kiernan Shipka) since the show's recent return.

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- Michael O'Connell

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"Mad Men" Probably Won't End the Way You Want It To. Get Used to It

20 April 2015 10:17 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Mortality has never been far from "Mad Men's" mind, but with only four episodes to go — or "Three Episodes Left" until the finale, as AMC's panic-inducing ads put it — there might as well be a countdown clock in the corner of the screen. Longtime viewers have bristled in these last few weeks at time squandered on new characters like Mimi Rogers' pantsuit-wearing photographer and Diana the Waitress of Doom, resentful of every minute that's not squarely devoted to the show's core characters. As I suggest in my recap of "The Forecast," an episode explicitly concerned with the thorny question of what happens next, Matthew Weiner now appears to be actively messing with the audience's desire for closure. Every time a new character, particularly a love interest, steps into the frame, we start to wonder: "Is s/he the one?" Will Peggy end up with Brian Krakow? (Probably not. »

- Sam Adams

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Mad Men season 7 episode 10 review: The Forecast

20 April 2015 8:49 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Mad Men’s writing and direction continue to be first-class as its final season moves towards an endgame for Don Draper...

This review contains spoilers.

7.10 The Forecast

What happens next? Don Draper was canvassing opinion in this week’s future anxiety-themed episode of Mad Men, and failing to find a satisfying answer. While 1970 America was asking itself what the new decade meant, its fictional analogue in the sharp suit was staring out of a window pondering the same question.

No matter who Don asked to do his “what we want from the future” homework, nobody could provide him with a good enough answer. The man signing million dollar cheques and sitting in an office decorated with awards scoffed at their material dreams of bigger accounts and personal fame. “And then?” was his repeated refrain. When you’ve got the dream job, made the cash, bought the Jaguar or the Hershey »

- louisamellor

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'Mad Men': Tim Goodman on the Patterns Getting Clearer as the End Nears

19 April 2015 11:15 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

This is a Spoiled Bastard deconstruction of Mad Men. It contains spoilers. That's the point. Come back when you've watched the current episode.   In "The Forecast," Mad Men revealed a little bit more about how creator Matt Weiner is going to balance the remaining episodes. Some of it may be in shorthand, some of it may remain enigmatically mysterious and, as it should, some if it will be unknowable. However, three episodes into this last half (seven episodes) of the seventh season, a pattern is emerging. Weiner is giving us hints about a character and then pulling back.

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- Tim Goodman

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‘Mad Men’ Recap: ‘The Forecast’ Keeps Don, Joan, Betty and Sally Busy (Spoilers)

19 April 2015 11:06 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Spoiler Alert: Do not read unless you’ve seen “Mad Men,” episode three of season 7-b, “The Forecast.

Don Draper is both seeker and sage in “The Forecast,” an episode that is chock full of references to the long and winding road of “Mad Men.”

The episode — written by Jonathan Igla and Matthew Weiner and directed by Jennifer Getzinger — packed a lot of goodness in an hour and four minutes (according to my DVR) for Don, Joan, Sally, Betty and Peggy. There was a lot of plot but it still had time for quiet moments with our heroes.

Once again, Jon Hamm is masterful in an episode that sees him dispensing advice and counsel and searching for deeper meaning in his life and work. He gets beat up pretty good by underlings and his own daughter but by now we have learned that you can’t keep a good Don down for long. »

- Cynthia Littleton

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Review: 'Mad Men' - 'The Forecast': The man with no plan

19 April 2015 10:31 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

A review of tonight's "Mad Men" coming up just as soon as I get you a map to the powder room... "I had a plan, which was no plans!" -Richard Early in "The Forecast," Don gets into an argument with his realtor Melanie, who can't be bothered to conceal her disgust with her client. As they study the barren living room tableau created by Marie Calvet's thievery, Don insists that it's a selling point, because potential buyers can more easily imagine their own furniture in the space. Melanie dismissively wonders if he's ever sold an apartment, and in a later conversation suggests, "this place reeks of failure." Don again shrugs off her contempt and says, "I have a good feeling about things." In a way, Don is proven right, since Melanie winds up selling the place at the asking price. But that empty apartment — and Don's reaction to realizing »

- Alan Sepinwall

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Review: 'Mad Men' Season 7 Episode 10 'The Forecast' Gets Literal

19 April 2015 9:30 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Last Week's Review: 'Mad Men' Season 7 Episode 9 'New Business,' or 'Ghosts of Exes Past' Immediate Reaction:With everyone wondering what Matthew Weiner is going to do for the end of his iconic drama, it only seems natural he'd frame the question through his favorite thinking device: "Mad Men" itself. In the "The Forecast," Don was tasked with writing the last section of Roger's speech on the future of the company. Don being Don, he took it upon himself to explore much more than the facts and figures handed to him by Roger — seriously, Don, you had it right there in the folders — asking himself and then every person he stumbled across what was going to happen in the long run. Unsurprisingly, no one took to the idea quite like Don did. He's the only person in the "Mad Men" universe ready to take on the big questions, in »

- Ben Travers

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Review: 'Mad Men' Season 7 Episode 10 'The Forecast' Gets Literal

19 April 2015 9:30 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Last Week's Review: 'Mad Men' Season 7 Episode 9 'New Business,' or 'Ghosts of Exes Past' Immediate Reaction:With everyone wondering what Matthew Weiner is going to do for the end of his iconic drama, it only seems natural he'd frame the question through his favorite thinking device: "Mad Men" itself. In the "The Forecast," Don was tasked with writing the last section of Roger's speech on the future of the company. Don being Don, he took it upon himself to explore much more than the facts and figures handed to him by Roger — seriously, Don, you had it right there in the folders — asking himself and then every person he stumbled across what was going to happen in the long run. Unsurprisingly, no one took to the idea quite like Don did. He's the only person in the "Mad Men" universe ready to take on the big questions, in »

- Ben Travers

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John Slattery Talks Mad Men Season 7, Ant-man, and Netflix’s Wet Hot American Summer Show

18 April 2015 8:47 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

With AMC’s Mad Men now airing its final episodes Sunday nights, I recently landed an exclusive interview with John Slattery. During the conversation he talked about letting go of Roger Sterling and the Mad Men universe, what people always want to talk about when they meet him in real life, how the process of making the show changed during its seven year run, his thoughts on what the final season is about, and more. In addition, with Slattery returning to play Howard Stark in Marvel’s Ant-Man movie, he talked about returning to that universe and how he came to learn that he'd be back as Stark. Finally, as someone that watches a lot of television, I’m extremely sad to say goodbye to the world that creator Matthew Weiner shaped. Making great TV is hard. The team that brought Mad Men to life made it look easy. You will be missed. »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Best of the Week: 'Force Awakens,' Cannes, Kristen Stewart and More

18 April 2015 7:15 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

2 or 3 Things to Know About the Cannes Lineup: Auteurs, Harvey and Women, No Netflix 7 Things to Learn from "Mad Men" Creator Matthew Weiner About Compelling Storytelling 10 Films Booed at Cannes That Every Cinephile Should See Arthouse Audit: "Ex Machina" Leads Four Big Openers, Kristen Stewart Opens "Clouds of Sils Maria" "Cucumber" and "Banana" May Please Critics of "Looking," But They're Cold to the Touch The Dramatic Story Behind Satyajit Ray's 50s Masterpiece "The Apu Trilogy" The Eerie Connection Between "The Force Awakens" and "Tomorrowland" How "Wolf Hall" Captured the Dark Magic of Hilary Mantel's Novels Pressure Mounts for Female Superheroes: Will Women Directors Get a Boost? Top 10 Box Office Takeaways: "Furious 7" Leads, Family Films and Indies Take Other Slots »

- TOH!

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Mad Men Season 7 Episode 9 Review – ‘New Business’

18 April 2015 3:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Martin Burgoyne reviews the ninth episode of Mad Men season 7…

‘New business’ is the very apt title for this latest episode of Mad Men. Whereas the previous episode was trying very hard to cover all bases on the goings on at Madison Avenue, this episode seems to focus primarily on three main storylines…

Firstly we have Don and his very peculiar fascination with a very ordinary looking brunette waitress… (Seriously, what does Don see in her exactly?) I mean she’s pretty, but has the personality of the mean lunch lady from my school days. It’s clear that she reminds Don of an old flame who has recently passed away. Don’s guilt over the way things ended between them is most likely the main cause of this bizarre pairing. It’s an odd storyline, especially for the ninth installment of a fourteen episode run. Introducing a new love »

- Martin Burgoyne

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