It was revealed a few months ago that Mad Men star John Slattery would be guest starring in the upcoming fourth season of Arrested Development, and just today, Slattery gave an interview to The Huffington Post in which he discussed his experience filming the show (albeit without revealing who his character is or sharing any plot points). It's just nice to hear a talented guy gush about a show we all love. Here's the entire Arrested Development portion of the interview:
How about Arrested Development? You know, I don't really know anything. Since I was on, which was brief, they've probably reconceived the whole thing. Mitch Hurwitz [...]
A few hours ago, John Roberts tweeted that he's recording an episode of Bob's Burgers tomorrow with Jon Hamm. Assuming this episode won't air until the Fall, this gives the writing staff a few months to think of the perfect Jon Hamm inspired hamburger specials (or Hammburger specials). Here are a few to get them started: Barak O-Hamm-a, 21 Hamms, Happy as a Hamm, Bull Dur-Hamm, The Hoover Hamm, Viet-Hamm War, Midterm Ex-Hamm, St. Louis Hamms, Hamm Yankees, Silence of the Hamms, and Frankly, my dear, I don't give a Hamm.
"Because of the delays, her two shows shot simultaneously, so Brie would sometimes have to run between both sets in the same day. 'That’s when I’m most excited and feel like it’s all happening, you know what I mean?' she says. 'I liked shooting at Mad Men and then going over to Community and literally taking my hair down. Because Community really feels like the parents are gone and we’re all just having crazy sleepovers and making blanket forts.'” – An excerpt from the New York Magazine profile of Alison Brie, which features a surprising amount of discussion of her feet and the fans of them.
Late last week, Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner sat down with Jeff Garlin, of Curb Your Enthusiasm fame, at Largo in Los Angeles to discuss Alex Trebek, Conan O'Brien, TV recappers, and the end of Weiner's AMC show. Of the stories that Grantland's Lane Brown relayed along, the one that I found most fascinating was this blurb:
When Weiner was a writer on a network sitcom he refused to name, he had a dispute with one of the show's actors that ended in a bruised ass. Said Garlin: "I know you were kicked in the butt once. [Weiner] was writing on a show, and one of the [...]
Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner is making his first movie! I'm sure it'll be an intense, dramatic period piece, right? Um, no. He's cast Jack Black and Matt Dillon as a couple of "thirtysomething slacker potheads" in the movie, which is called You Are Here. Said potheads are forced to grow up a little when one of them loses a father, then inherits his general store, country home, and millions of dollars worth of Amish farmland, which undoubtedly makes for all sorts of humorous culture clashing. Things become even more comically complicated when both of them start to fall in love with their father’s “younger bohemian” widow.
Today's Lost Roles is brought to you by Childrens Hospital, which has its season premiere on Adult Swim tonight at midnight. If you're cool, you'll watch it.
Lost Roles is a weekly column exploring “what might have been” in movie and TV comedy as we take a different actor, writer, or comedian each week and examine the parts they turned down, wanted but didn’t get, and the projects that fell apart altogether. This week, I interviewed Rob Huebel, star of beloved comedy shows like Human Giant and Childrens Hospital (currently kicking off its fourth season) and movies like The Descendants and I Love You, Man. Huebel was nice enough to [...]
Duels or “classy show-downs” as they are often called by no one, have been solving hot debates for ages. They're useful for delivering crowds a champion, through often unpredictable means (just ask Alexander Hamilton). Television loves a surprise, so what better way to measure and battle elements of TV than with a duel? Here, we will battle two characters in an imaginary contest of wills. Sometimes a winner will be crowned because of pertinent facts, and sometimes in spite of them.
This week? Don Draper v. Robin Scherbatsky in secret pasts.
Over the years, some people have tried to claim that Mad Men is not a comedy. Oh really? It has sexual [...]
Sorry, did I say "to the death?" I meant to write, "in bowling," ooooops. This week's episode of All Star Celebrity Bowling is arguably as funny as a video where people bowl can ever be. (Seriously, bowling, ugh, go away.) Team Nerdist consisted of Weird Al, Chris Hardwick, Jonah Ray, Pete Holmes and Team Mad Men had Jon Hamm, Vincent Kartheiser, Rich Sommer, Matt Weiner (which is nuts). Fun was had by all: Pete got into a fight with Vinny Kars and tried to heckle Don Draper since Jon Hamm has no mockable flaws, Weird Al did his wacky arms thing, and Jon Hamm won the competition for best human [...]
Kiernan Shipka has had a lot of free time since the last season of Mad Men, and you can only gaze intensely at a Land o' Lakes box thinking about forever for so long. In this video, she puts her understanding of child psychology to good use treating Modern Family's Luke (Nolan Gould) and Raising Hope's Hope (Some Baby). I know I feel better.
Matthew Weiner is the creator of the best show on television. It is called Mad Men. Before it, he wrote on another "best show on television." It was called The Sopranos. Before that, he wrote on Becker. (Between these jobs he also wrote briefly for the comedy nerd respected Andy Richter Controls the Universe but Becker was his first steady job and he spent significantly more time working on it.) If you haven't seen Becker, it’s the type of sitcom that was created around the turn of the millennium, when comedies weren't necessarily expected to be great but were expected to star people like Ted Danson. It was fine, solid [...]
Jon Hamm was on The Nerdist podcast this week and said that he will be making an appearance on this week's live 30 Rock. This is very exciting news for fans of his dumb, dumb, dumb Dr. Drew Baird character and beautiful things. What transplanted hands will he be endorsing this time?
Then an hour later, on Parks & Recreation, Brad Leland, the man most famous for playing Buddy Garrity on Friday Night Lights, is set to play one of the candidates in the city councilman debate. He sports a goatee and mostly talks about guns but you know he's thinking about high school football.
Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner has cast Zach Galifianakis and Owen Wilson to star in his upcoming dramedy filmYou Are Here, and Amy Poehler is potentially on board too. The movie's about a weatherman who's "forced to get his own life in order" when his best friend does the same, and while not set in a 60s advertising agency, it will likely inspire many hazy midday imaginings of Amy Poehler and Owen Wilson in gorgeous outfits making snappy remarks about how little they care for civil rights. I mean, Zach Galifianakis is already even Draping in this photo. Talk about MEANT TO BE.
Bridesmaids saw Jon Hamm in a supporting role as Kristen Wiig’s uncaring friend with benefits, but he’s not the only Mad Men cast member to venture into the realm of comedy. The show’s large ensemble cast is full of dramatic actors with an appreciation for comedy and a desire to star in lighter fare. Jason Sudeikis has talked about the friendship between the casts of Mad Men and Saturday Night Live and both groups’ appreciation for alcohol. This Mad Men-SNL bond has been the main gateway into comedy for the show’s actors, leading them to take part in 30 Rock and SNL guest spots. It’s not just Lorne [...]
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