September 3, 2012 |
Baseball players have heroes after whom they try to model their games. So surely managers have other managers they try to emulate when arguing with umpires, right? According to first-year White Sox manager Robin Ventura, not so much. "I don't have those," he said. "Lou [Piniella]'s were good. I've seen a couple of Lou's. Those were good. I don't think I have any base-tossing in me. " The easygoing Ventura is as volatile as a bowl of tapioca pudding, losing his cool during the season about as frequently as Chicago does during the winter.
June 27, 2012 |
The answer to the question posed in my own headline headline is "No. " “Mad Men” did not jump any kind of shark in its fifth season, but maybe it tripped over a manta ray or some lesser ocean predator. [Warning: spoilers ahead - and, I know, I'm writing this three weeks after the season ended, a time during which I was attempting to avoid spoilers myself, but screw you, I was in Iceland and just saw the finale the other night] “Mad Men's” fifth season problem was entirely explicable, which is that without Jon Hamm's Don Draper...
April 13, 2014 |
The first seven episodes of the "Mad Men" final season ( 9 p.m. April 14, AMC; 3 stars out of 4 ) have been titled "The Beginning. " But this isn't the beginning at all, really -- it's the beginning of the end, both of the 1960s and the show itself. Each season of "Mad Men" picks up with a jump into the future -- Season 2 opens more than a year from the Season 1 finale. But these time-machine trips have become shorter and shorter as the show has progressed, and at the dawn of Season 7, we find ourselves in January 1969, a mere two months after we last saw our antiheroes...
March 6, 2014 |
The first look at the seventh season of "Mad Men" shows Don Draper disembarking a plane, maybe to reinforce the fact that the upcoming season will the last. Or maybe Don's just going on vacation? Although the music, a cover of "Que Sera Sera (Whatever Will Be Will Be)," does indicate a bittersweet goodbye. The seventh season of "Mad Men" will debut at 9 p.m. April 13. AMC is splitting the 14-episode final season into two halves, like it did with "Breaking Bad. " Jon Hamm is the only actor we see in the...
March 7, 2014 |
AMC on Friday released a psychedelic key art created for the seventh season of "Mad Men. " Created by graphic designer Milton Glaser, the image will be featured in the ad campaign leading up to the April 13 start of the show's final season. According to AMC, series creator Matthew Weiner grew up with a poster of Glaser's work in his home and has dreamed of collaborating with the artist. Glaser's iconic style helped define the look of the late 1960s. The seventh season of "Mad Men" will debut at 9 p.m. April 13. AMC is splitting the...
April 24, 2013 |
It seems to me that we should stop defining eras by presidents and begin defining them by the best and/or (possibly) most influential television show. This is tricky territory because clearly we're not about to use the most popular show of the time. We can't go around calling it the “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” era or the “American Idol” era or the “Sixteen and Pregnant” era. That won't do at all. We can, however, point to one show that seemed to capture the zeitgeist of a certain time, that served as an...