Are you excited for the Season 7 Premiere of AMC’s Mad Men? I sure am!
I miss Mad Men already!
This news is mind-blowing on so many levels, I can hardly think where to begin, but basically what’s happening is that Mattel Toys has officially licensed characters from the best TV show ever in the Universe of all time, Mad Men to become limited-edition, collectible Barbie and Ken dolls. You can read all about the Mad Men Barbies at This Link, but first I would like to point out my personal-favorite few sentences of the entire article:
“The pairing of Barbie and Mad Men is more interesting than the typical licensing agreement, because of their shared history. Barbie was introduced in March 1959, and the first episode of Mad Men is set in March 1960.
“Mad Men represents so beautifully the universe that created Barbie,” said Robert Thompson, professor of television and popular culture at Syracuse University, “because the series is about the selling of the American consumer society.” The personification of Betty Draper as Barbie is particularly resonant, Mr. Thompson said, because she represents “the wife who lives in her dream house whose soul is eaten away.”
So awesome. The dolls will retail for $74.95 each.
If Only Prozac Had Been Invented in the Sixites
I don’t think it is too much of a stretch to come right out and claim that Mad Men’s Don and Betty Draper are surely the most beautiful married couple characters on television. Why can’t they just be happy? Mad Men is the best show ever.
Oscar the Grouch is Don Draper
Are you watching Mad Men? Oh my god, it is the best show. I was a little late to the game on this one, but after attending an in-person taping of Saturday Night Live last fall, hosted by Mad Men star Jon “what a babe” Hamm, I was intrigued enough to add season one to my Netflix queue. Season two was released on DVD a few weeks ago and I’m presently just three episodes way from being all caught up – in plenty of time for season three to start on August 16th! I am so excited, I can hardly stand it. Indeed, everyone seems to be mad for Mad Men! In fact, Flavorwire has just posted this very clever pictorial, 10 Muppets and Their Mad Men Counterparts, “Because the preschool set needs more martinis.” Hee! Enjoy!
“Live from New York…”
Over the weekend, I hosted a visit by my very best friend from college, a totally Rad lady named Sue. Sue has connections in the television industry and, thanks to a few pulled strings, we ended up with last minute most-coveted tickets to see this weekend’s taping of Saturday Night Live. While I am not the biggest fanatic of that show, it has been pretty consistently good for the past year, and those Sarah Palin jokes just never get old. We had to arrive at the NBC studios by 10:00 PM to wait online and were completely soaked to the bone by the freak rainstorm that hit just as we left the house, but despite being exhausted and having to sit in wet clothes, we had a blast.
Here’s my Top Ten List of cool stuff about our Rad SNL Adventure!
Some guy in line was talking about how he’d waited 20 years to get tickets to a taping. We waited only one day! Yay!
We saw comedian Eddie Izzard in line! This is significant because the last time Sue visited me in NYC we had front row tickets to see Izzard live at Town Hall. So that was crazy.
Jenna Fischer from The Office – my favorite non-reality TV show – was sitting two rows in front of us! In person she is a gazillion times prettier than she is on the show. I love her.
It was so cool to see the displays of costumes from characters made famous by the show, and the amazing retrospective of black and white photos from every season of SNL since the beginning that line the walls of the studio’s exterior. Nostalgic!
Host Jon Hamm of Mad Men is so hot and very funny! How he kept a straight face during some of those skits is beyond me.
Michelle and Barack Obama Variety Show, featuring Bill Clinton singing “Don’t You Forget About Me.”
Cold Play performed four songs to fill the time gap created by the skits they had to cut because Amy Poehler went into labor on Friday.
Jon Hamm’s John Ham: “If it feels like a slice of ham, don’t wipe your ass with it.”
“Don Draper’s Guide on How to Pick Up Women” – hilarious!
Andy Samberg’s “Rasta Man” digital short.