Mad Men


How the Mad Men Finale Mirrors Real Life

After seven seasons of cable television glory, AMC's Mad Men ended not with a bang but with a whimper. However, the series finale gave viewers an authentic, if unwelcome dose of reality. In real life, there are far more open endings than clean breaks and the final episode understates the incredible rarity of getting to say a proper goodbye. It may not have been as gratifying as being given explanations and closures for every loose end, but Mad Men's conclusion, or lack thereof, delivered what Hollywood seldom does -- honesty.

Oh Hey, Neve Campbell!

*** SPOILER ALERT -- contains details of "Mad Men," Season 7, Episode 1 *** Canadian actress Neve Campbell is back in the least likely of places -- as a (probable) paramour for Don Draper (Jon Hamm) o...
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How Booze Ads Fuel Rape Culture

Frankly, in the context of the recent gang rapes of drunk girls (Steubenville, West Auckland's Roast Busters and Halifax, to name a few of the most shocking) liquor marketers should start thinking about the optics and their own fairly flimsy commitment to responsible drinking. Thus far, responsibility has generally been translated into talk of driving and personal health. But corporate social responsibility needs to extend towards perpetuating dangerous attitudes about women, too. And booze marketing is full of them, although, this, by far, is the most offensive I've ever seen.

Could <em>Orphan Black</em> Have Been a Game-Changer?

Orphan Black is about clones and conspiracies. Part of the series' appeal is doubtless its gimmick. The twinning process -- wherein an actor plays opposite himself -- has been around for decades, but Orphan Black does it better than almost anything before. Even when the clones hand each other glasses you forget special effects are involved!

Mad Men: Questions of Nationality

Mad Men is back and it brings with it some reminders: that the 1960s have an awful lot for which to answer; that Megan Draper is easily the most annoying fictional female on television since Carrie Br...

Once a Cheater, Always a Cheater?

I first heard the statement, "Once a cheater always a cheater" when I was in high school. Maybe some women are born with an innate desire to believe in the ability to change. I know I'm a little more evidence-based myself and if history is any indication, I'd say Don Draper will spend the rest of his fictional life appearing in the beds of women all over 1960s Manhattan.

Why You Should Be Watching 'Bomb Girls'

Part of the strength of it is the fact that it seems un-selfconscious and unapologetic about its Canadian setting. It isn't like the writers are struggling to cram in some awkward Canadianism just to say they could...but because they're trying to be true to these characters and their world.

Walking Dead Stays Alive

TORONTO - Rogers subscribers who are fans of "The Walking Dead" can rest easy after the cable company struck a new deal that ensures the AMC channel will remain in its lineup.The two sides signed a mu...

<i>Still On The Air</i>

TORONTO - AMC was still airing on Rogers early Friday despite the expiry of a distribution contract between the cable giant and the U.S.-based channel.Negotiations were still ongoing ahead of a deadli...