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October 31, 2008

For the love of Jon Hamm


Jon Hamm hiatus? Who said anything about a Jon Hamm hiatus? Season 2 of the Emmy winning drama "Mad Men" did just end, followed by much weeping and separation anxiety from the faithful -- that would be us -- and the Golden Globe winning actor finished his first successful "Saturday Night Live" hosting gig.

But that doesn't mean we've seen the last of that tall drink of water. And at least in the near term, we could have Tina Fey to thank for that. (Add it to the list of hosannahs).

EW's Ausiello Files says Hamm is close to becoming Liz Lemon's new love interest on a multi-episode arc of the Emmy winning comedy, "30 Rock." Sure would be an improvement over her third cousin, the pager salesman and the 20-year-old who's mom was Lemon's doppelganger. (She had one, too!)

This development leaves us much too thrilled to be jealous. And we can't imagine denying Fey anything at this point, after all the Sarah Palin-skewering joy she's brought us these last few months.

Elsewhere on Hamm Watch: There's a big screen appearance to look forward to, with "The Day The Earth Stood Still" from Fox set for Dec. 12. Feeling less abandoned already.


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  • 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."

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