Barker Chappell Daglas Mad Men Roundtable: “The Other Woman”

Howdy, folks. Welcome back to our Mad Men roundtable. This entry comes a bit late thanks to the agency taking an extra classy four-day weekend. That is just how we do. Nevertheless, we had a lot to discuss with “The Other Woman,” one of Mad Men’s most powerful episodes ever. Cory: Gentlemen, I am full … Continue reading Barker Chappell Daglas Mad Men Roundtable: “The Other Woman”

Barker Chappell Daglas Mad Men Roundtable: “Lady Lazarus”

It’s that time again, folks. This is the Barker Chappell Daglas Reviewing Agency. It’s time to reconsider our life insurance policies and sleep with our favorite WB starlets, as Les, Andy and I take on this week’s great episode of Mad Men, “Lady Lazarus.” Cory: Welcome back, gents. I'm sorry. I said I was out … Continue reading Barker Chappell Daglas Mad Men Roundtable: “Lady Lazarus”

Barker Chappell Daglas Mad Men Roundtable: “Signal 30”

Hey all, it’s that time again. This Sunday’s Mad Men was one of the strongest the series has ever done, and the Barker Chappell Daglas Reviewing Firm is here to break it all down for you. Enjoy this, or Les will challenge you to a round of gentleman’s fisticuffs. Cory: Les, Andy: Welcome back to … Continue reading Barker Chappell Daglas Mad Men Roundtable: “Signal 30”

Barker Chappell Daglas Mad Men Roundtable: “A Little Kiss”

The world doesn’t really need three more 4,000 word opuses on Mad Men each week, so Andy Daglas, Les Chappell and I decide to combine our powers for the sake of good (and brevity). After each new episode of Mad Men’s fifth season, the three of us plan to exchange a bunch of emails about … Continue reading Barker Chappell Daglas Mad Men Roundtable: “A Little Kiss”

Showrunner Series: Ryan Murphy = Matthew Weiner (Except, you know, awful)

I received the book Prime Time, Prime Movers for Christmas and have been plowing through it over the last week or so. As these things go, reading a book about the big individual creative forces in television history has me thinking about contemporary writer/producers. Therefore, today, I debut a new occasional feature where I will discuss … Continue reading Showrunner Series: Ryan Murphy = Matthew Weiner (Except, you know, awful)

#TVFail: Announcing the #TVFail schedule for the first quarter of 2012

This time of the year is a super-busy one for many of us, but if you're a graduate student like me, it's particularly awful. I know, I deserve it. Graduate students are, indeed, the worst. In any event, because much of the next six weeks is going to be filled with dozens of responsibilities and … Continue reading #TVFail: Announcing the #TVFail schedule for the first quarter of 2012

Mad Men, “Blowing Smoke”

Penultimate episodes often make things really, really bad for characters, creating a world where there looks to be no hope. Even in a series like Mad Men where characters are not necessarily in mortal danger and when things have already been unraveling at a consistent rate, "Blowing Smoke" has no problems making things just a little worse. … Continue reading Mad Men, “Blowing Smoke”

Mad Men, “The Beautiful Girls”

The world of '50s and '60s advertising is certainly a boys club, and although things have been changing, particularly for Peggy, "The Beautiful Girls" goes a long way in suggesting that despite the advancements out in the world, the women of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce are still being held down, either professionally or personally. A … Continue reading Mad Men, “The Beautiful Girls”

2010 Emmy Predictions: Lead Actor and Actress in a Drama Series

In case you didn’t know (because I sure as heck didn’t until I saw something the latest Entertainment Weekly), the Primetime Emmy Awards air on Sunday, August 29 on NBC. In the glow of some great nominations and not too many ridiculous slights (I’m resigned to the fact that Sons of Anarchy won’t get its due), … Continue reading 2010 Emmy Predictions: Lead Actor and Actress in a Drama Series

Mad Men, “The Chrysanthemum and the Sword”

I'm actually glad that graduate school started today and I had more time to think about the latest episode of Mad Men, even if my opinion didn't really change with that time. Thematically, it seems like this episode wanted to discuss how people act out when they're still uncomfortable with some sort of new equilibrium … Continue reading Mad Men, “The Chrysanthemum and the Sword”