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10 Best TV Shows of All Time

'The Sopranos' takes the No. 1 spot

(Newser) - Getting people to agree on the greatest TV show of all time is about as futile as trying to sway people to your side in a political argument on Facebook. Undaunted, Rolling Stone adds its thoughts to the mix with what it calls its "definitive ranking of the game-changing... More »

Trump Campaign Paid $35K to 'Draper Sterling' for Advertising

And it only gets weirder

(Newser) - Among the revelations in the Trump campaign's May FEC report—it spent more than $200,000 on hats, is basically broke —was the intriguing detail that it paid $35,000 to Mad Men characters. ThinkProgress reports the campaign made four total payments on the same day to "... More »

'Gilmore Girl' Has Had a Secret Baby for Months

Alexis Bledel and 'Mad Men' hubby Vincent Kartheiser kept mad secret from press

(Newser) - Alexis Bledel is a new mom—though that statement shouldn't imply that she just became a mom. Because the ex-Gilmore Girls star apparently had a baby boy with husband Vincent Kartheiser of Mad Men last fall, keeping both the pregnancy and the birth under tight wraps, Entertainment Tonight reports.... More »

Man Behind World's 'Most Famous Ad' Dead at 89

Bill Backer known for Coca-Cola commercial, among many others

(Newser) - If you were alive in the early '70s, you knew the ad. Even if you weren't, you probably do: "I'd Like to Buy the World a Coke" was such a hit upon its Feb. 12, 1971, debut that radio DJs were flooded with calls to play... More »

Jennifer Westfeldt, Jon Hamm Call It Quits

The actors have '18 years of love and shared history'

(Newser) - Cue the Kleenex boxes, folks: Jennifer Westfeldt and Jon Hamm are pulling the cord following months of breakup rumors, People reports. The 44-year-old Mad Men star and 45-year-old actress, last seen canoodling at a New York party on July 22, have issued a statement: "With great sadness, we have... More »

Game of Thrones Captures 24 Emmy Noms

What rape controversy?

(Newser) - Game of Thrones declared victory, at least in the race for Emmy nominations, receiving a whopping 24 as they were announced today. The drama wasn't hurt with TV academy voters by controversy over its depiction of rape, earning five more nominations than it did last year. It's a... More »

Jon Hamm Explains Mad Men Ending

'I'll see you on The Love Boat '

(Newser) - Confused by the finale of Mad Men ? In a spoiler-laden New York Times interview, Jon Hamm admits the final scene is a "little bit ambiguous" and gives his own take on Don Draper's fate. When the scene cuts from Draper meditating at a California retreat to Coke'... More »

Why the Mad Men Finale 'Sucked'

No Don and Sally?! Come on

(Newser) - The series finale of Mad Men aired last night, wrapping up the show's seven seasons on AMC. The overwhelming reaction on social media: division. Some loved it , some hated it , but many critics appear to be siding more with the naysayers. What they're saying:
  • Mad Men may be
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Jon Hamm Completes Alcohol Rehab

He seeks help ahead of final 'Mad Men' season debut

(Newser) - Jon Hamm, who stars as hard-drinking Don Draper in Mad Men, has taken steps to deal with issues of his own. He has completed a 30-day rehab program for alcohol addiction at what TMZ calls a "high-end facility" in Connecticut, just ahead of the April 5 debut of the... More »

Jon Hamm Gets Awkward Warning Over Tight Pants

Please wear underwear, 'Mad Men' producers beg

(Newser) - Producers had to have an awkward, but possibly flattering, conversation with Jon Hamm on the set of Mad Men, an AMC insider tells the New York Daily News . "This season takes place in the 1960s, where the pants are very tight and leave little to the imagination," the... More »

Model Sues Over Mad Men's Use of 50-Year-Old Photo

Gita Hall May's image appears in title sequence

(Newser) - Gita Hall May, a model and actress in the 1950s and 1960s, says Mad Men used her image in its title sequence without her permission, and now she's suing Lionsgate. May, who was known as just Gita Hall when the photograph was taken by Richard Avedon more than 50... More »

Weird Math Fuels Great TV —for Now

TV's current 'golden age' may not last: Adam Davidson

(Newser) - The cable industry is raking it in: With NBC Universal and Viacom set to each score profit margins of around 50% this year, it's "arguably America's single-most-profitable big business," writes Adam Davidson in the New York Times —for now. The co-founder of NPR's "... More »

Mad Men, American Horror Story Lead Emmy Noms

And 'Mad Men' could set record

(Newser) - Mad Men could soon become the most-honored drama in television history: Emmy nominations were announced this morning, and the AMC show is in the lead with a whopping 17 nominations, including lead acting honors for Jon Hamm and Elisabeth Moss, as well as a Best Drama nod. American Horror Story... More »

AMC, Dish Battle Gets Nasty

Dish retaliates after AMC goes public with disagreement

(Newser) - If you actually watched the commercials during Sunday night's Mad Men (instead of skipping them with your DVR like the rest of us), you saw the behind-the-scenes battle between AMC and Dish Network go nuclear. AMC aired a 16-second spot warning viewers that unless they intervened, Dish would drop... More »

Why Bad Actors Do Well on TV

Willa Paskin argues that we learn to accept our TV family, flaws and all

(Newser) - Mad Men is one of TV's best shows, even though January Jones isn't a very good actress. Stana Katic is roughly as bad as the romantic lead on Castle, yet that show's fine, too. "Television is very kind to bad actors," observes Willa Paskin of... More »

Obama Camp Depicts Romney as Don Draper

Strategy is to depict him as living in the past: Politico

(Newser) - The political story generating the most buzz today seems to be "The Draperizing of Mitt Romney" by Politico . In it, the writers make the case that team Obama is trying to equate Romney with Don Draper of Mad Men, basically "a hopelessly retro figure who, on policy and... More »

Axelrod: Mad Men Is the 'Evening News' to Romney

He's 'oblivious' and 'in a time warp' says Obama campaign adviser

(Newser) - Dmitry Medvedev thinks Mitt Romney is stuck in the 1970s ... and David Axelrod apparently disagrees. It's more like the 1960s, he says. In an appearance on CBS This Morning , the Obama campaign honcho quipped that Romney "must watch Mad Men and think it's the evening news. He... More »

Mad Men Releasing 'Zou Bisou Bisou'

Sexy earworm single a sign of their times

(Newser) - It's a product campaign worthy of Madison Avenue brains: Introduce a catchy "earworm" song during a popular TV series, then release it as a single. That's what Mad Men is doing with the addictive sexy French ditty everyone is humming: "Zou Bisou Bisou," sung to... More »

January Jones: I'm Eating My Son's Placenta

'I suggest it to all moms,' says Mad Men actress

(Newser) - Yikes. Seems like the former Betty Draper is a bit of a scary ice princess after all. Mad Men actress January Jones, who plays Don's chilly ex , reveals to People that she's eating her baby boy's placenta. The placenta "gets dehydrated and made into vitamins,”... More »

Mad Men Return Slow but Satisfying

Critics just happy Don Draper is back

(Newser) - Critics eager for the return of Mad Men weren't blown away by the first episode of the fifth season—but that doesn't mean the show has lost its magic. What they're saying:
  • "I'm glad to have Mad Men back, but 'A Little Kiss' was
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