Mad Men Going Nuts

Do you watch Mad Men? I know it’s very good. I always watch it. But sometimes, it doesn’t make sense, and I wonder, have I been sucked into a reality distortion field myself? Is it really good?

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However, the experiment was hit and miss. With the majority of the creative team at SCDPCGC (as the agency seems to be called at the moment) under the influence of, um, well who knows really, there were moments when it was hard to tell what was real from what was imagined. Again, that isn’t necessarily a bad thing but there was a bit too much of it in this episode to make it a really enjoyable show. Was Ken really tap dancing in front of Don or was it just a product of his drug induced haze? Either way it was strange. However, where the confusion definitely worked was in the appearance of Grandma Ida.

 

The new, now cancelled, Jay Leno Show

Finally I found someone expressing what I have been thinking about the fracas about NBC, Jay Leno, Conan O’Brien etc. etc. And while I didn’t know then what I know now, I did eagerly tune in for the first Jay Leno @ 10:00pm show, hoping to see the payoff to all the hype that preceded that first episode. Do you remember all the promos and the hints and speculation? Then, on that first night:

“What would Jerry Seinfeld — Jay’s good buddy — do with five hours of prime time real estate? How about some TV producers, Mark Burnett or Jerry Bruckheimer or Nigel Lythgoe? You think they would have simply recycled old material or would they have used the opportunity to innovate? Jay had the chance to reinvent himself. He didn’t have to do a tired, watered-down version of The Tonight Show. He didn’t have to do what he’s always done before. He had the opening, if not the wherewithal, to break out of the mold.” (from TV Squad)

True, true. I think Jay Leno in the end is the reason why he didn’t do well at 10:00, not NBC, not Conan, not ‘life the universe an everything.” Sorry Jay – I used to be a fan.