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July 30, 2008

Blog asks: What Would Don Draper Do?


He's slick and dashing, smart and creative. A Renaissance man, if you will. Or what those of us from the South would call a tall drink of water -- with brains!

As one female character said with lusty admiration during season 1: "Look at that man!" as he balanced a beer while trying to assemble a jungle gym.

He's Don Draper, ad man extraordinaire, and now he's the centerpiece of a blog featuring some truisms and bon mots about his life and times. And, there's an interactive element so we can all play along!

What Would Don Draper Do? answers such queries as, "How do I handle a passive-aggressive co-worker," with the following:

"Tell that punk to find a cardboard box, put all his things in it and get out of here."

Just a shill for "Mad Men," the AMC series that stars Jon Hamm as the secretive, morally ambiguous executive? Can't say that we care, swept up as we are in all things having to do with that swingin' '60s fictional world.

Hamm, who's already won the Golden Globe for this role, is now in contention for an Emmy, as is the show (it has a whopping 16 nominations in all). Early prognosticating has wavered back and forth on who's likely to take this race.

Will it be James Spader going four-for-four? Or could Hamm catapult front and center, just as the drama's profile has skyrocketed with the recent launch of season 2? (It more than doubled its viewers from last season).

We think Hamm has an excellent shot. And isn't it telling that no one has bothered to ask, "What Would Alan Shore Do?" We think so. That's because they don't care. Now, what's going on in Draper's complicated noggin? That's another matter entirely.



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Oscar Contenders

  • So "The Dark Knight" didn't make it into the final five after all, never mind that critical and popular support. Let's just call the comic-inspired mega-hit "The Biggest Snubee."

    Here are the best picture contenders in a race that, two weeks away from the Oscars, seems to be a foregone conclusion ("Slumdog") unless there's a come-from-behind possibility ("The Reader" anyone?)

    "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," with Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett; the politically timely "Milk;" rags-to-riches fairy tale, "Slumdog Millionaire," Holocaust best-seller-based drama "The Reader," and Watergate-era biopic "Frost/Nixon."

    Could "Button" and "Slumdog" split the vote, allowing another film to take the prize? Doesn't seem likely. After having clung to "Button" for months as what we thought would be the Academy voters' top vhoice, our money's now on "Slumdog." Momentum can't be ignored.

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