Matthew Weiner, Jon Hamm and John Slattery stopped by Charlie Rose this past week for a discussion about the comings and goings of one of the best shows on television. The lead-in to the segment featured some Mad Men influences like Gentleman’s Agreement, The Apartment, The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Classics, all of them. The conversation with Weiner (the show’s creator) and the two lead actors was interesting and insightful. Seeing Hamm and Slattery out of character is always strange to my eyes, but the discussion offered good insight into where season two is heading. Rose never fails to amuse me with his constant paper shuffling and magazine touting — never missing a chance to show off a good periodical and give an actor a good ribbing.
The fine gentlemen at Top Gear continue to impress with their inventive programming. Presenter Jeremy Clarkson recently profiled the new and breathtakingly awesome Range Rover Sport (supercharged) for the much revered BBC series. After going over the performance (naught to sixty in 7 seconds, not bad for a SUV), Clarkson took the Range Rover to the proving grounds to do battle with a British Challenger II tank. The result is automotive television at its finest.
A screening was held last night at the Museum of Modern Art for season two of Mad Men. The much anticipated second season of the show is set to air a little less than five weeks from now on July 27th (mark your calendars) and I couldn’t be more excited to see team Sterling Cooper back in action.
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One of my favorite weekend past times is watching CBS Sunday Morning. The program tends to have an eye for classic style and covers lots of old school Americana. With two great stories for men, this weekend’s episode did not disappoint. First came a history of men’s hats, which I found to be extremely interesting. Later was an opinion piece from Ben Stein about the previously discussed demise of the necktie.
Robert Webb and David Mitchell are the British comedians from two of my favorite television programs, Peep Show and the sketch comedy show That Mitchell and Webb Look. Thank god YouTube and Apple TV make it possible for me to keep up with theses hilarious programs. Not sure why I fancy English comedy over American (maybe because most American comedy shows are slap-happy and stupid or maybe I’m just a snob) but these Mitchell and Webb shows are clever and amusing.
The Discovery Channel put together an awe inspiring documentary called When We Left Earth, about U.S. space exploration over the past fifty years. The six part mini-series takes you from the Mercury missions all the way to the International Space station and all in HD. Pretty awesome stuff.
Part two of the series airs this Sunday, June 15th at 9pm E/P.