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TV on DVD: July 14, 2009

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi/Horror, ABC, Cable, HBO, MTV, NBC, TNT-HD, ER, DVD,

Mad Men Season 2 DVDHere are some of the options available this Tuesday.

  • Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations (Collection 4)
  • Bewitched (Season 8)
  • The Color of Magic
  • ER (Season 11)
  • Grey Gardens
  • Ironside (Best Of) (Season 1)
  • Joe Schmo 2 (Season 2)
  • Leverage (Season 1)
  • Mad Men (Season 2)
  • Peyton Place (Part 2)
  • Shark Week: The Great Bites Collection

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Longer Mad Men Episodes Arrive in August

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Drama, Prime Time, Cable, News,

Mad Men

, the series about a fictional advertising agency, will have its share of commercials next season. This will mean extra work for our DVRs.

To accommodate an increase of ads while maintaining the same amount of drama, episodes will run longer than before. The AMC program will now overlap slightly into the 11:00 hour.

“The two minutes is troubling and I’m fighting it,” creator Matthew Weiner wrote in an online chat. “I am obviously a huge advocate of advertising and I love the ‘madvertising,’ but I am fighting the urge to change the show at this time, especially when the financials are meager and the urge to TiVo will just be further encouraged. If you oppose it, I see no reason not to let them know. I will make the best show I can, no matter what, rest assured.”

Season 3 is set to premiere on Sunday, August 16 @ 10pm. A marathon of Season 2 episodes will precede that debut on Monday, August 10.

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Casting Corner: Mad Men, True Blood, Weeds and More

Jennifer Jason LeighEvan Rachel Wood

Here’s a quick look at some of the casting announcements made recently:

Weeds: A Jagged Little Pill will be incorporated into the next season of Weeds. Alanis Morissette, who most recently guested on Nip/Tuck, will be donning more scrubs for the Showtime series. The singer will play Mary Louise Parker’s obstetrician for at least seven episodes and may even return next year. Meanwhile, Jennifer Jason Leigh (Margot at the Wedding) will be around for several episodes as Nancy’s older sister. Season 5 debuts on June 8.

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2009 Screen Actors Guild Awards

Screen Actors Guild Awards

Last January, the Screen Actors Guild Awards was considered a pleasant distraction from all the writers’ strike business. Since the actors now face their own work stoppage, this year’s event once again served as a nice diversion.

With the Academy Awards less than a month away, tonight’s ceremony gave us a better idea of how that broadcast might pan out. Was Kate Winslet another double-winner this evening? Did Mickey Rourke wrestle an additional victory? Is Heath Ledger on his way to that posthumous Oscar? Get all the details after the jump!

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TV Extensions, Renewals and Cancellations (1/12)


Here’s an update on the shows you’ll be seeing more of in the months to come:


  • ER (NBC) - Three more episodes ordered


  • Baldwin Hills (BET) - Season 3
  • Cash Cab (Discovery) - Season 4
  • College Hill (BET) - Season 6
  • Destination Truth (Sci Fi) - Season 3
  • Keeping Up with the Kardashians (E!) - Season 3
  • The Life and Times of Tim (HBO) - Season 2
  • Mad Men (AMC) - Season 3
  • Make Me a Supermodel (Bravo) - Season 2
  • The Real Housewives of New York City (Bravo) - Season 2
  • ‘Til Death (FOX) - Season 4

(To get a look at TV Envy’s Midseason Programming Schedule, click here.)


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2009 Golden Globe Awards

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Golden Globe

One year after a strike-induced absence, the drinking resumed. Although the drew its usual set of followers tonight, this year’s program carried even more significance than usual. The reason? Heath Ledger.

With or without the Dark Knight nomination, the ceremony would have been interesting. Was this going to be the year a film about an Indian game show (Slumdog Millionaire) won top prize? Would either Meryl Streep (Mamma Mia, Doubt) or Kate Winslet (Revolutionary Road, The Reader) walk away with two awards? Could ‘s comeback performance in The Wrestler earn him a surprise win over Sean Penn (Milk)?

To find out the answer to these questions (and many more), you can read our detailed coverage after the jump!

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2009 Screen Actors Guild Award Nominations (TV)

Mad Men

Even though SAG members are currently debating whether to strike, today’s award nominations gave them all a brief distraction. If the upcoming Oscars telecast doesn’t go on as planned, next month’s Screen Actors Guild Awards (scheduled for January 25th on TNT and TBS) could be the last time actors have a reason to celebrate.

Here are some of the noteworthy mentions from this year’s list of television nominees:

  • 30 Rock, Boston Legal, The Closer, John Adams and Mad Men all scored three noms each.
  • Dexter is up for its first win in the Outstanding Drama Series Ensemble category.
  • Desperate Housewives - a nominee for Best Ensemble - received no individual honors.
  • Debra Messing (The Starter Wife), Kevin Connolly (Entourage), January Jones (Mad Men), Anna Paquin (True Blood) and Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother) all received Golden Globe nominations, but no SAG noms.

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AFI’s Top Programs of 2008

In Treatment

Even though we’re accustomed to perusing the ‘s lists of ranked movies, the organization also acknowledges excellence in television.

For their 2008 AFI Awards, a 13-member panel chose ten programs for their annual honors. Of the names selected, only Mad Men makes a return from the 2007 list. (Those not included in this round include Ugly Betty, 30 Rock, Dexter and Everybody Hates Chris.) Meanwhile, the only comedy represented this year is NBC’s The Office.

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2009 Golden Globe Nominations (TV)

True Blood

Although the Hollywood Foreign Press Association was forced to cancel last year’s party, the Golden Globes will finally make its return next month. The 66th annual event is scheduled to air Sunday, January 11th, just over a week before the Academy Award nominations are announced.

Here are some of the noteworthy mentions from this year’s list of TV nominees:

  • HBO, with its 22 nominations, once again led the pack.
  • In Treatment and Recount, both from HBO, had five nominations each - the highest number for any program this year.
  • House is the only non-cable program to be up for Best Drama.
  • True Blood is the only new series to receive any nods.
  • Kiefer Sutherland and 24 received nominations for the show’s 2-hour special.

(You can find the full list of television nominees after the jump. Click here for the film nominations.)


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Will Mad Men’s Jon Hamm Appear on 30 Rock?

Jon Hamm on Mad Men

Of all the cameos announced recently for (Jennifer Aniston, Oprah, Salma Hayek), I find this piece of news to be the most exciting.

Days after his hilarious performance on Saturday Night Live, it’s being reported that Jon Hamm may be loosening up his tie for the NBC comedy. According to Entertainment Weekly, the star might set aside the suit to play Liz Lemon’s neighbor…and potential love interest.

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