Chinese democracy; 'Mad Men' sinks; Phelps backlash
>> Two elderly Chinese women were sentenced to a year of "re-education through labor" for protesting the Olympics and will have to -- hey look, NBC’s Mary Carillo just met the world’s tallest man!
... actually that item begs for a second shot, so here’s NBC's Chris Collinsworth on China’s political issues during Wednesday's conference call: “I have yet to come across an unpleasant situation … They try and accommodate you and make you feel welcome and make you feel comfortable … It's easy to question politics, but it's much tougher to question the people here. They've been wonderful."
Hmm, probably because all the disgruntled less-welcoming people were enduring re-education through labor.
>> The wonderful-yet-glacial “Mad Men” continues to drain viewers. Not surprising. Scenes are playing like slice-o’-life character portraits rather than delivering on the zippy promise of the show's perfect pilot. It’s a ratings-draining phase that David Chase and David Milch sunk into late during the latter seasons of “The Sopranos” and “Deadwood,” respectively, forgoing the story-driven desires of viewers for frustrating realism -- indulgent moments that embrace "story is character" to a sleepy degree. At any rate, here’s how other shows on cable are faring this summer.