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.
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!
Yadda Yadda Yadda, Sexy, Blah Blah Blah
People Magazine just published their annual Sexiest Man Alive issue and, no surprise really, Australian Actor-Hunk, Hugh Jackman is their pick for The Year 2008. Yawn City. I mean, Hugh Jackman is okay, don’t get me wrong. I wouldn’t kick him out of bed for eating crackers. And he’s infinite light years ahead of last year’s SMA, Matt Damon. But other guys on the list, like Brad Pitt and David Beckham, are just so totally played. That aside, People came a little bit closer to my matching my eclectic taste in men this year, as three of my favorites sexy dudes are also on their list. Check it out!
He is really the sexiest man alive for me right now, in this moment. But I respect his wife too much to go on and on about it.
I only watched about 2 seconds of the Olympics, so I didn’t see a ton of footage of Michael Phelps splashing around in a pool or anything. And he is kind of goofy looking. But Phelps’ body has been plastered all over the internet, TV and print ads for the past however many months. Enough for me to figure out that his body is just insane. There is no question: I’d do it.
While Hamm is a bit too traditionally “GQ” for my taste, he’s still mmmm…Delicious.
Joseph Gordon Levitt
I actually think he might be gay (he was pretty convincing in The Mysterious Skin), but Joseph Gordon Levitt still does that little thing to me (you know, “that little thing”).
“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.