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Behind the Insta-Scenes: Photos from the Set

17 Aug

Midweek Instagram TV highlights this week include some of our weekly faves with the iZombie and You’re the Worst cast continuing their behind the scenes photo domination. Plus style highs from Yara Shahidi, James Wolk wrapped in blankets and my new costume obsession.

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70's jane.

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A combination of so many of my favorite things and Gina Rodriguez suits this styling so well. Between this and The Get Down (see more of that below) my seventies clothing obsession is alive and well.

 

More Jane the Virgin set antics and the return of Petra (or could it be her evil twin? – I heart this plot twist so much). Always wine.

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THERE she is. #BTS #Scandal #oliviapope

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While we’re on the subject of wine; one of TV’s biggest wine drinkers has a full glass (of grape juice) on the set of Scandal and it sounds like I need to catch up after reading this Entertainment Weekly season 6 post (I keep quitting and coming back).

 

This sounds like everything I would ever want from a Marnie storyline. She would be so perfect for this.

 

Matthew Rhys and his glorious beard are guest starring on the final season of Girls. Sadly no details are available yet so time to conjure up your best pairing for him. I am not so secretly hoping he will have something to do with Adam. Fun connection time – Matthew Rhys and Adam Driver shared the stage back in 2012 in Look Back in Anger and this also happened to be the play that got the Americans casting director interested in Rhys for Philip Jennings.

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#perfectfit @standup4justice

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For your seventies costume design fix check out both Baz Luhrmann’s new show The Get Down on Netflix and the costume designers Insta, which is filled with shots like this one of Justice Smith. And to read my thoughts on the costuming in the first episode head here.

 

Time for your weekly dose of the Behind the Brains beauties.

 

And for your weekly dose of You’re the Worst lovelies.

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Just keepin it šŸ’Æ

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Yara Shahidi’s caption says it all really. This whole look is fantastic.

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Sunday Nights #vibes #weekend

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Zoo has been renewed and to celebrate here is James Wolk cocooned in cable knit blankets.

 

Behind the Insta-Scenes: Photos from Comic-Con

28 Jul

A special bonus “Behind the Insta-Scenes” column this week covering all things Comic-Con; from TV superheroes to movies. Plus casts from shows includingĀ iZombie,Ā The Walking Dead,Ā Game of ThronesĀ andĀ Orphan BlackĀ descending on San Diego.

 

Kicking off with one of the most stylish moments from the whole convention and theĀ Black PantherĀ press tour and movie is already top of my Marvel most anticipated list.

 

More Danai Gurira and this time with herĀ Walking DeadĀ co-stars. Not just an excuse to see Gurira’s amazing LWD again, but also for some Jeffery Dean Morgan beardie selfie goodness.

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YOUR BROS ARE ALL CHILLIN AT #SDCC AND SEND LOVE.

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Comic-Con Instagram is awash with the mass group cast selfie; here is theĀ Kong: Skull IslandĀ effort. A little on the blurry side, but points for the amount of people in it.

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GOOD MORNING!

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#LipstickGoals

 

Behind the scenes on these group posed shots is also a big thing from Comic-Con Insta. Chris Pratt is looking in a whole different direction.

 

More casual style treats from Tatiana Maslany and the wholeĀ Orphan BlackĀ cast, which looks so tiny when you remember Maslany plays over 50% of the parts. Lovely to see Maslany’s double Kathryn Alexandre taking part in these festivities as she is just as vital.

 

When Donnie met Hodor.

 

One of my favorite things about Comic-Con is getting to see theĀ Game of ThronesĀ cast hanging with co-stars they have never had a scene with.

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Full crew. On a plane.

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The CW superheroes fly in style (sans super powers). For a really thorough Comic-Con journey and behind the scenes then Grant Gustin has your more than covered.

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Comic con departure with two of my favorite superheroes.

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Forever Spy Daddy feels. Plus Grant Gustin and Melissa Benoist are wearing the same style of Ray-Ban; superheroes in style sync.

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#ComicCon @lastmanfox

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I heart this cast hard.

 

The above sentiment also applies here.

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HANNIBAL HAS ARRIVED #sdcc2016

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NoĀ HannibalĀ Panel (or Pannibal) and Comic-Con this year, but Bryan Fuller made sure Hannibal was in attendance.

 

James Wolk with coffee instantly makes me think ofĀ Mad MenĀ and for that I am grateful.

For regular Behind the Insta Scenes check out this week’s other column here.

Behind the Insta-Scenes: Photos from the Set

30 Mar

If this week’s Instagram collection could be summed up in one emoji it would be heart eyes as there are plenty of co-stars hanging out treats on offer with a strong dose of cute.

 

Kicking off this week with a big scoop of adorable and Rami Malek hanging with co-star Portia Doubleday’s dog Logan.

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Da fuck?

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Keeping on theĀ Mr RobotĀ train and on set selfies from the new season that don’t reveal anything new, but I heart regardless. Heavy Darlene eyeliner is always welcome.

 

Everything about this photo is charming as hell and now I want this coupling to be a very real thing.

 

GirlsĀ is on a hot streak this season and this week’s Marnie-centric episode was as triumphant as Allison Williams looks in this photo.

 

Flashing back to simpler times and pre whatever happened that caused Christopher Abbott to leaveĀ GirlsĀ under a cloud. But he did return and boy did we get a much more beardy Charlie in the process and this episode really is top tierĀ Girls. It was good to see him again even if it was tinged with the tragedy of what has since become of Charlie. I miss that awesome bed he made.

 

Praise is justifiably heaped onĀ Jane the VirginĀ from so many different angles and visually it continues to be striking in fresh and new ways. Everyone here looks spectacular.

 

They also kill it in motion.

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In exactly 12 weeks… #OITNBS4 #84days #comethru

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TheĀ OITNBĀ countdown has begun and I cannot wait to spend more time with these ladies.

 

One thing I spend more time thinking about than is maybe necessary is whether actors end up falling asleep during sleeping scenes or in this case in a pile of laundry after fake taking a lot of drugs. And the answer looks like yes.

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Happy Easter. Love, #NewGirl #SingerSongwriters

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Album cover ready.

 

Basketball being played on set between takes gives me instantĀ ERĀ vibes and I’m also enjoying how these poses both resemble a superhero stance and shooting hoops.

 

This is very cute and I am happyĀ ElementaryĀ has been renewed for season 5.

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28 weeks ago(according to Instagram) @roomthemovie premiered at the #telluridefilmfestival. After the screening @jacobtremblay and I toasted. He had chocolate milk and I had red wine. I remember feeling so vulnerable after sharing this movie with the world for the first time; unsure of what was to come. Last night marked what may be our final toast to this film . He had a soda and I had sake. We are in Japan. Together we have traveled the globe, spent almost two years hanging out, playfully arguing about things like who can hold their breath longer and talking at length about Room. At its core, every step of the way has been taken with love. We were generous and patient with each other. We laughed a lot, especially when it was hard. We picked each other up, answered for the other when one was tired and always kept silliness alive. Thank you Room for bringing us together. Thank you Room for uniting us with the rest of the world. Thank you to everyone who shared this journey with us. I will never ever forget it.

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Keeping on the cute theme and sadly my request to keep this going for forever has been denied and theĀ RoomĀ promo tour is officially over.

 

It’s not an Anthora coffee cup, but regardless I’m getting Bob Benson flashbacks.

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Love my sweater ! Thank you @coach šŸ…

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Diane Kruger models this Coach sweater that I would like to see in my closet and also on TV Ate My Wardrobe sweater queen Chelsea Peretti.

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Happy birthday to a most loving and devoted lady @amysedaris Xxx

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Instagram is a platform used for many things including celebrities wishing each other happy birthday in picture form. Sarah Jessica Parker took this opportunity to post not one, but a whopping nine pictures celebrating the incredible Amy Sedaris and it only made me love SJP even more.

 

Justin Theroux went with a more sedate two, but this one is also fabulous.

 

It’s like Aya Cash reached into my brain with this picture/caption. The world needs more Melanie Laurent.

 

Behind the Insta-Scenes: Photos from the Set

23 Mar

Instagram delivers on the charming and delightful this week includingĀ The Good WifeĀ nearing its end, flashing back to award and promotional tour favorites and an array of shows in production right now.

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One of the best things about this recent awards cycle was everything Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay and thanks to aĀ RoomĀ promotional tour in Japan we’re being gifted more of this adorable. Can they promote this movie for forever, please?

 

To be filed under ‘co-stars supporting co-stars’ and the extra special Teen TV variety – the ultimate.

 

Last week, Holly Taylor fromĀ The AmericansĀ took over the Yahoo TV Instagram account to celebrate the return ofĀ The AmericansĀ including some face swapping that might induce nightmares. Instead we are going for all the sweater feels.

 

The Good WifeĀ only has a few more episodes to shoot which means an uptick in set photos (which is why I’m posting two this week). This is from episode 20 and shows just how close they film to airing; we only just had episode 17.

 

And now episode 21 otherwise known as the penultimate episode. *sob* Yes I know I said it was time for the show to be done, but I am still very sad it will soon be over.

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#OnFleek On a shoot šŸ’šŸ½

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The introduction of Lucca Quinn has been one of the main highlights of this final Good WifeĀ season and hopefully a decent project will snapĀ Cush Jumbo up when this is all over.

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Empire awards!

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A super snazzy touch of floral and John Boyega continues to impress with his suit game.

 

Posing up a storm with Stars WarsĀ co-star in theĀ EmpireĀ photobooth (after they both took home awards). I am already excited for the nextĀ Star WarsĀ promo tour.

 

This is Lucy Liu’s third time behind the camera onĀ ElementaryĀ and she looks all kinds of relaxed here. Somewhat related but I’m still not quite over the level of cute coming from this photo of Jonny Lee Miller with Liu’s son.

 

And while we’re on the subject of adorable set moments – this one fromĀ Jane the VirginĀ is pretty great.

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Barry’s all caught onĀ The FlashĀ and after this mini break it is good to have him back.

 

ImportantĀ ZooĀ costume news – the Henley stays! Good view on every level.

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Between set-ups #unrealtv

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More from theĀ UnREALĀ set and I am really excited for the return of this show. And that Rachel now has a pair of leather pants.

 

So it is another day of listening to theĀ Cruel IntentionsĀ soundtrack as a result of a SMG post. This is not a bad thing and the TV version has a lot to live up to on the music front.

 

And also a hankering to rewatch Master of NoneĀ even though there are other Netflix shows I haven’t started yet.

 

Line up the 100 emojis for Abbi Jacobson’s top procrastination air guitar jam song choice.

Behind the Insta-Scenes: Photos from the Set

9 Sep

Plenty of drinking, dancing and fabulous outfits included in this week’s TV (and film) Instagram highlights as fall TV quickly approaches.

 

Kicking off with my new favorite Instagram account and the Venice Film Festival has certainly delivered on the red carpet front. It was hard to pick just one shot from Greg Williams because there so many stunning and very fun photos to choose from, so I narrowed it down to a couple when really it could have been WAY more. First up Jake Gyllenhaal’s boat face is a thing of wonder.

 

Ruffalo and Tucci fixing each other up. This is a whole lot of handsome man in evening wear.

 

Now feeling an even deeper affinity for Diane Kruger upon learning she is a spiller.

 

Danish Pacey has been the unofficial nickname forĀ BorgenĀ star Pilou AsbƦk in plenty of Twitter convos so this post from Joshua Jackson brought squeals of delight (and was all the better as it occurred on my birthday). Now to find a movie/show they can star in as brothers.

 

HappyĀ You’re the WorstĀ Day! Celebrate with a plate of Edgar’s nachos.

 

Jussie Smollet continues to torture his onscreen mom Taraji P. Henson by surreptitiously filming her in various sleeping/singing positions.

 

Lots of dancing on theĀ Jane the VirginĀ set and Justin Baldoni and Brett Dier heart each other a whole lot more than their characters do.

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Getting ready on #JaneTheVirgin @justinbaldoni

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Exhibit B of how much this cast likes to dance.

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Uh oh…#janethevirgin šŸ˜³

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So ready for Bridget Regan causing more havoc on this show.

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And also on this one.

 

A work outfit that I would like in my closet. And Jessica Williams is pulling a real life heart eyes emoji face. [insert own heart eye emoji face here]

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On set antics with this crowd today @thegoodwife_cbs

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I don’t know how Queen Margo Martindale has not already been onĀ The Good Wife,Ā but here she is filming the forthcoming seventh season.

 

From the mega Shondaland triple magazine shoot for Entertainment Weekly,Ā EssenceĀ andĀ People. There are a whole lot of people on these shows.

 

SJP joins Billy Eichner for some running around the street and shouting at people antics. I cannot wait.

 

Fierce halter fashion from Jenny Slate.

 

Followed up by this matching bralet and shorts beauty.

 

Ah the benefits of being famous. January Jones is still repping a strong hashtag game.

 

A very happy holiday weekend and end of the summer from James Wolk. You’re welcome.

Not Letting Go of the Bad Ex: How Don Draper Changed in Season 7 of Mad Men

2 Jul

Last year there was Don Draper fatigue here at TV Ate My Wardrobe and I was joined by Kerensa Cadenas to discuss Don Draper’s bad habits and tiresome antics. Kerensa is back to talk about the more optimistic first half of this final season ofĀ Mad MenĀ as we take a look at this excellent run of episodes and how both Don and this season surprised us with its generally optimistic outlook. We also address how this season compares to the previous one and how our predictions matched up (I don’t think they did). In a similar vain we talk about the second half of the final season and where we would like to see these characters end up.

Mad Men 7.06 Burger ChefEmma: IĀ had a quick look back at our lastĀ Mad Men discussionĀ and boy was the end of season 6 bleak as Don bottomed out in the Hershey’s pitch going a bit to far into the old memory bank. Nope, no one wants to see a grown man cry over chocolate in 1968 (the same can probably be said for now). One thing we both said we wanted for the final season was to see Joan and Peggy running the show, now while that hasn’t happened entirely, “Waterloo” included a huge professional victory for Peggy and Joan is going to be getting a sizable amount from the deal Roger has struck, so they’re both doing rather well.

Now, before I get into specifics of either of their storylines (and I could basically spend this entire time talking about Peggy andĀ I already have) I want to ask about your general overall feelings about this season. How are you finding Don now as I know we both had reservations about his super shitty behavior last season. Has this season panned out how you expected? Or are you like me and go into Mad Men with no preconceived notions or expectations?

Mad Men 7.07 Peggy and Don hotelKerensa: I think, as we could tell, from last season’s discussion, I was having a bit of a Mad Men burnout. I was frustrated with Don, his actions and his inability to change. And I try to go into a season without expectations but I totally went into this season with completely expecting that Don would be continuing the same old shit that we’ve become accustomed with. And I was totally wrong!

I don’t think Don is totally vindicated yet (which I’m sure we’ll discuss) but overall I enjoyed this season and especially these last two episodes more than I’ve enjoyed Mad Men in a while. And a lot of that does have to do with the character development that Don had–which was not what I expected from this season at all. I really thought I would get more of the same and I’m so glad I was wrong.

What did you think?

Mad Men 7.04 DonEmma: I should add a slight caveat to my no expectations proclamation as Don screwing around was something I fully expected to happen, especially with Megan out in LA. Instead we see Don turn down offers from Neve Campbell – please show keep casting from the 90s teen pool, Rayanne would be my next choice – and a woman in a bar who claims to know him. This is not the Don Draper we have seen in any of the previous seasons and I wonder just why he can suddenly keep it in his pants. He could be trying to make it work with Megan, but I actually think it has more to do with Sally walking in on him with Sylvia and exposing him for the man he is. There is one non-Megan dalliance, however Megan is also there as he responds to a threesome in the most lackluster way I think I have ever seen on TV going from “I’m tired” to “I guess.”

We’ve seen Don hit rock bottom on multiple occasions, this is a whole new subterranean level of shit as he’s been put on leave and is essentially living his life vicariously through Freddie Rumsen. Not that Freddie is the rock bottom signifier and he is the exact person who Don needs in his life. It’s a big surprise seeing Freddie in this role and it is something Mad Men excels at as there is such a wealth of supporting characters from the previous 6 seasons and I like the idea that any of them can pop up at any one time. The opening scene of the premiere is so jarring with Freddie in the pitching seat and yet I never clued in that he had become Don’s mouthpiece.

Freddie plays a pivotal role when Don acts like a big baby when he first goes back to SC&P and this is the episode where Don has been at his most loathsome and pathetic all season – there’s nothing quite like the sight of him emptying out his coke and pouring vodka in to replace it. Freddie has been in Don’s position and like anyone else who has been put on leave he never returned, Don is a special case and it’s when his dick swinging and inability to quit works in his favor. I’ve really enjoyed seeing Don both falter and walk into a room like he owns everything, finally he has some humility and yet the cocksure attitude is also an important attribute. We needed to see him truly fall to appreciate those often unsavory parts of his character.

The first half of this first half of season 7 (or 7a which is less of a mouthful) deals with bridge mending. On the surface everything is fine with Megan and their reunion at LAX is gorgeously shot and she looks amazing in the blue mini baby doll dress. It’s a marriage that has always been superficially fine, underneath it’s like they’re strangers. I do want to talk more about Don and Megan, but first I’d like to take a look at one of the fractured relationships and that’s with Sally.

Oh Sally, what to do with you and your supremely disaffected view on everything. Actually, to be honest Sally is well more adjusted and together than I was expecting and I figured there would be a lot more spiraling and teen rebellion. There’s smoking of course and holy shit is her stance the exact same as her mother, it’s uncanny and once again I would like to bestow all the plaudits on Kiernan Shipka – I would also like to see the Sally college spinoff thatĀ Molly Lambert suggested on Twitter. Other than that her greatest act of defiance has been shopping after the funeral (or during maybe) of her roommate’s mom, getting a nearly broken nose while ‘sword fighting’ which leads to some incredible Sally sass at her mother – “It’s a nose job, not an abortion” – and probably her biggest rebellious moment is smooching the nerdy kid instead of the stud. Her mother would not be happy with that last one, though I did worry they were heading towards a Betty going for the young guy story. Maybe Sean’s stripy pants (which are so Felix from Orphan Black) and moon landing bad mouthing put her off. Or she realized how gross it would be.

Wow that was a tangent and what I really wanted to discuss is theĀ Don/Sally road tripĀ that finally allowed Sally to rail against her father. Don finally showed his children where he came from at the end of season 6 and Sally is still justifiably angry at him for all those other secrets he kept. The anger and hurt in her voice as she spits out the word hairspray in reference to Sylvia is another astonishing delivery from Shipka and Sally’s rage at this shattering moment – I would say it took her innocence but seeing Roger getting a blowjob gets this unfortunate crowing glory – is what Don needs to hear to wake up to the asshole he has become. After the good, but not great season premiere this second episode delivered and Sally telling Don that she loves him at the end of the episode is one of the several scenes over this season that I suddenly found myself tearing up at. Before I dive too far down the Sally/Don rabbit hole, I want to ask what your thoughts are regarding this sequence of Don and Sally scenes?

Mad Men 7.02 Sally and DonKerensa: I think that after the last season–Sally’s come to see her father in a much different light. I think especially after seeing his childhood home, that it puts some of Don’s behavior in a context to her. I think Sally (and Kiernan’s always awesome performance) is at that point in teenager-dom where you being to recognize that your parents aren’t infallible which is always a cocktail of emotions–angst, respect, disbelief–and I think that’s where Sally is at with Don. Which I think echos in that final “I love you,” is that she appreciates that he’s opened up but does that change that much?

Mad Men 7.06 Megan and DonEmma: Yeah I think you’re very right and in a way Peggy’s experience with Don has echoed that of his daughter; realizing how fallible he is and how at times he can be downright awful. This season has been about Don proving to those closest to him that he isn’t a lost cause and he has certainly won me over. Contrition is important and it’s why his whiny baby drunk antics when he first went back to SC&P felt like an ‘uh oh’ moment. Luckily Don does have some capacity for change and Freddie Rumsen has been vital in Don coming to terms with his limitations and bull shit.

With Megan, the dissolution of their marriage seemed inevitable as no matter how hard either of them tried and how great they look together (and the shot of them on the balcony together is stunning). It’s all a facade and it always has been in a way; was the only time they were happy on screen when they were on their first trip to Hollywood and have they been trying to mimic that ever since? As a self-confessed Megan lover (and I’m pretty sure you feel the same way) I’m going to be sad if this is the last we see of her (in part because think of all the outfits we’re going to miss out on), but I’m also glad to see how they ended things. Not with shouting and screaming, instead with quiet resolution and acceptance this over. Or as Pete affirms that marriage is “a racket.”

We’ve barely seen Don interact with Betty all season, she refers to him as being like a bad ex-boyfriend and a fleeting memory and the strongest relationship he has with a woman is Peggy and to be honest I quite like it like this.

How do you feel about Don and Peggy this season?

Mad Men 7.06 Don and PeggyKerensa: I’m going to really miss Megan as well. I do kinda think that it will be the last time we see her though. I mean, what ties other than being Don’s wife does she really have with him now? She’s in LA, he’s in NYC. They don’t have kids. I’d be very happy to see her, but I think the resolution that their relationship came to felt perfect and in the changing scope of Don, felt adult.

I think your thoughts about the Peggy/Don relationship echoing the Sally/Don one are spot on. Don lashes out and Peggy and she to him because they know that deep down they are the two who truly understand one another. You can see that in the ways they both work, live and even love to a degree. I think that Don, especially during Peggy’s pregnancy, functioned as such a formative figure in shaping who she has ended up becoming. I think we can argue that at times that can be detrimental, but when you see her give her pitch to Burger Shack, it’s great to see that she’s beat the king.

Mad Men 7.07 hugEmma: I’m so glad we got to see Peggy get a win this big after how she started the season on her hands and knees crying in her apartment. When season 6 ended with that glorious pantsuit it seemed set for Peggy’s moment of triumph, but of course this isn’t that show and she still has many hoops to jump through. So to see someone like Lou in Don’s office rather than Peggy wasn’t a surprise and yet it was still disheartening.

Peggy hasn’t been completely innocent this season and I’m glad they haven’t shied away from how difficult and even awful she can be at times – the Valentine’s incident with Shirley is the best and most cringy example of this – she is Don Draper-esque in quite a lot of ways. Peggy pushes everyone away and her closest relationship is with a 10-year-old boy, which is incredibly depressing considering the child she gave up and just how alone she is. And yes I really want her to hook up with Stan still. We got that very cool scene of Joan joining Peggy for a drink and a Don bitching session and as always I want these two to rule the world.

What did you think about the power shift in the office first with Don’s absence and then with his return? Oh and Ginsberg’s breakdown – did you see that coming?

Mad Men 7.05 Peggy and GinsbergKerensa: I’m not totally surprised re: the power shift. Part of me obviously hoped that they would put Peggy in charge but of course Lou was brought in. And he’s the worst.

With Don’s return the skittishness of the office towards him made a lot of sense, especially for Peggy, cause I know I’d live in continual fear that Don would outshine me yet again which I felt a lot of her contempt stemmed from. But Peggy is really Don’s girl–so many of her actions echo his behaviors.

I actually wasn’t expecting Ginsberg’s breakdown. At first, I actually read it as he was trying to come out? But that SCENE, totally shocked me. It was very upsetting. Were you expecting it?

Mad Men 7.07 PeteEmma: The work place set up and power shift has been one of my favorite aspects this season even if the bi-coastal set up meant a whole lot less Pete Campbell as I love the weasel that he is. The conference calls and technology issues with this was fun as was seeing how well Pete took to the LA lifestyle as he always seemed like such an East Coast guy. Every outfit he wore in LA pretty much made me scream (with joy) as did his receding hairline and awful tan. Just how did he get a woman like Bonnie? (this of course also applies to Trudy and every other woman he has hooked up with, aside from hookers as the answer there is obvious)

Roger taking the death of Bert to step up and get his scheme on is magnificent as is how much disdain everyone has for Harry Crane and I was so happy that his path to power was cut down – even if he has good ideas and tipped Don off I can’t help but despise him.

My Twitter feed was full of a lot of “Holy shit, Ginsberg” before I saw the episode so I knew something was going to happen and as the episode progressed I figured he was going to trash the computer and cost SC&P a whole lot of money. Never did I expect what actually happened and my first reaction upon seeing the box was of course horror, but I also thought it was his ear at first because in terms of what people cut off that seems like the logical (if you can call it that) answer. It’s yet another occasion this season where Elisabeth Moss nails her reaction as she is terrified, shocked and heartbroken.

Hats off to Ben Feldman who has given Ginsberg this skittish energy since day one and didn’t play it as an “I’m so kooky” quirk or go way over the top with these moments of madness. I also got major character whiplash going from his performance in Mad Men to his one on Silicon Valley and even though it looks kinda terrible from the preview I will be watching A to Z purely for Cristin Milioti and Feldman. Like the lawnmower incident this is going to go down as one of those incredibly weird and fucked up Mad Men moments.

Last year we talked about how Betty got her groove back and this season Betty got the best line of the season – “I’m not stupid, I speak Italian” (closely followed by Sally’s “It’s a nose job, not an abortion”) – what did you think of Betty this year?

Mad Men 7.03 BettyKerensa: Ben Feldman has always been so great as Ginsberg and I’m totally looking forward to A to Z–even if it does look kinda terrible. He always played Ginsberg from a place of compassion when he, like you mentioned, could have gone the “I’m kooky” route.

Betty was Betty as always for me. Her trip with Bobby made me feel so bad for him. And I felt for her when she felt like she was being underestimated. But I would argue that her best line of the season was when she was looking back as Don as a “bad boyfriend” someone a “teen anthropologist would marry.” I feel like we didn’t get enough of her for me to fully form anything. What about you?

Mad Men 7.07 Sally as BettyEmma: The problem with the Betty storylines is that other than their shared children, the link to Don and the overarching story is tenuous and so it doesn’t always make sense to see what’s going on with Betty other than the fact that she’s a fascinating character. You’re right about that line, it is fantastic. The trip to the farm was heartbreaking because she really doesn’t understand anything when it comes to her own children; Bobby clearly adores her and yet she thinks the only one who still loves her is Gene. Bobby’s sandwich trade was a dumb move, but then again his mother’s relationship with food is a complicated one that he doesn’t understand. He probably thinks that cigarettes are her lunch now that she is thin again.

Betty’s standard position is envy – of her children, friends, neighbors, husband and ex – and while she can be unpleasant I never tire of seeing how she reacts to these situations. So with Francine (yay!) she sets out to show she’s a fantastic mom by going on a school trip she had absolutely no interest in previously, with Sally they bicker about everything and I was convinced she was going to go after Sean and his stripy pants just because Sally had shown an interest in him. Luckily Sally went for the more age appropriate Neil after he showed her the stars and went against the type of dude her dad is (which is not a surprise after the Sylvia incident last season).

For me, Betty’s crowning moment was standing up for herself against Henry – no she doesn’t want to go outside just because he does and yes she will give her opinions on Vietnam if she is asked. Betty had a habit of repressing everything when she was with Don in true WASP fashion and throwing up on her pretty dress was the way she showed her sadness and dissatisfaction. With Henry she’s not going to be a shrinking violet.

Have you got anything else to add about the first half of season 7? What would you like to see happen in the final 7 episodes?

Mad Men 7.06 Bob and KevinKerensa: I appreciate her standing up for herself with Henry as well which I think also speaks to the type of relationship that they have.

For the final 7, I want all the best things to happen for Peggy, Joan and Megan. I’d love to see the show actually explore what was happening with Stonewall and the beginnings of the LGBT rights movement but I don’t think that will happen. I’d love to see Don continue to grow but I don’t know if I think that will happen either, I really think he’s gonna backslide.

What are you hoping for?

Mad Men 7.05 SallyEmma: With the portrayal of the LGBT rights movement I wonder if the Bob Benson stuff in “The Strategy” is all we’re going to get when it comes to that. Hopefully Bob will be back for the final 7 for this reason and James Wolk reasons. His proposal to Joan was so ill-advised but I do understand where he was coming from and there’s no fairy tale ending for him in 1969 sadly, Joan still believes in love which is something I Ā didn’t necessarily expect considering how pragmatic she has become since having Kevin. Like you I want all the good things for the women of this show. I want to see Sally rule the world or at least get through school without a drug addiction; I have high hopes considering how well she is doing at the moment and how her rebellions have been pretty atypical of a teenager without veering into excess territory. Don’t fuck with Sally, Weiner.

This season ended on such a hopeful note that it’s making me feel somewhat optimistic for Don and I’m not sure if Matt Weiner is lulling us into a false sense of security with this. He is always teetering on the edge of oblivion and I have a friend who is convinced he will kill himself. I think this is maybe too nihilistic and I have hope that Don Draper will be alive at the end of the final episode. I’m not sure what state he will be in, but what I’m picturing is similar to how it started – a dude smoking and drinking alone.

I’d like to see some folks return, but I also don’t want it to turn into a blast from the past parade. Sal would be number one on that list, just to see where this character is now (and this also fits in with the LGTB rights movement) and yet I do understand why they might shy away from bringing back certain people just because they’re a fan favorite.

I’m also very excited to see more psychedelic styling and all things polyester from the end of this decade. It’s going to be pretty sad when this show is over and while I was ready to let Breaking Bad go because of how draining that show is to watch, I’m not sure I’m ready to say goodbye to these characters and for that reason I’m somewhat glad they split the two seasons up.

Kerensa: Ā Looking forward to what’s next–and I agree. Don’t fuck with Sally, Weiner!

Kerensa Cadenas is a writer living in Los Angeles. She is an Editor forĀ Snakkle. She also writes forĀ Women and Hollywood,Ā The Week,Ā This Was Television,Ā Forever Young Adult, andĀ Bitch magazine. She was the Research Editor forĀ Tomorrow magazine. You can follow her onĀ TwitterĀ and read her ridiculous thoughts about teen television at herĀ website.

Out of the Box: Look of the Week

2 Aug

Last week it was all about Comic-Con style and this edition of “Out of the Box” looks to the panels and parties of the Television Critics Association Press Summer Tour. Current and forthcoming shows with plenty of familiar faces feature as weĀ take a look at the big style hitters.

Winner: James Wolk atĀ The Crazy OnesĀ Panel

James Wolk Crazy Ones TCA

“Not great, Bob!” is still one of the best line readings of the year and James Wolk has featured several times on this list thanks to the sartorial greatness of Bob Benson onĀ Mad Men. The Crazy OnesĀ is also set at an ad agency and while I’m pretty lukewarm to the promos, having James Wolk as a cast member (and the bonus of Kelly Clarkson) will be enough to get me to watch the pilot. Even though it’s the height of the summer, Wolk has gone for an impressive amount of layering with shirt, hoodie and jacket and he looks pretty great in a smart/casual manner. His face is saying he’s listening intently, his slightly raised eyebrow suggests disagreement. Either way Wolk is a welcome sight.

Runner Up: Claire Danes at the Homeland Panel

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Claire Danes is the only one I’ve mentioned but she is not alone in this shot; Damian Lewis’ suit is lovely and if his socks were not skin tone then he’d have his name in bold too and Rupert Friend looks like he has come from a Mary Poppins audition. Danes is often one of the best dressed on the red carpet and while you can’t see all of the Thakoon lilac dandelion dress because she is sitting down; it’s elegant without looking like she is trying too hard. I think the key behind TCA dresses is a late afternoon/early evening cocktail party approach and all of the women that feature this week have got that spot on. The Christian Louboutin t-bar sandals are now on my shoe wish list.

Mae Whitman and Lauren Graham at the Parenthood Panel

Mae Whitman and Lauren Graham

Reminding me once again that I still haven’t watchedĀ ParenthoodĀ (I know) this double dash of patterned dress brilliance from Lauren Graham and Mae Whitman is making me want to get right on that. While I’m not the biggest fan of nude colored shoes they get a pass as the dresses are both on the eye-popping side. Bonus points awarded for excellent lip color.

Hannah Simone at the Fox TCA Party

Hannah Simone

While I might not have paired nude shoes – we already know how I feel about them and it’s a bit matchy matchy with a nude dress – this is a striking look from Hannah Simone thanks to the orange floral lace detail. It’s another great choice for a relaxed summer event like this where you want to look professional without resorting to floor length gowns or jeans and t-shirt. I missĀ New GirlĀ and so I’m really happy to see the cast out and about again.

Runner Up: Emily Bett Rickards at the CW, CBS and Showtime TCA PartyĀ 

Emily Rickards TCA

The Felicity/Diggle/Oliver team is at the heart ofĀ ArrowĀ and hopefully this is something season will capitalize on. Emily Bett Rickards gets footwear approval as she opts for orange heels that go with this blue, flower embellished dress. This is a dress that can be dressed down with flats or dressed up in this manner with a pair of bold heals and a simple clutch.

Out of the Box: Look of the Week

31 May

It’s been aĀ Mad MenĀ heavy week here at TV Ate My Wardrobe and this continues with today’s edition of “Look of the Week.” There are no real rules to this weekly feature and as always it is a snapshot of what I have been watching (and looking at online) and each pick is for a variety of reasons including; what it adds to the storyline, what it tells us about the characters involved or simply because it looks good. One person who would have been included is Diane Kruger but her street style was discussed in an earlier postĀ andĀ withĀ The BridgeĀ nearing its premiere date expect to see more Kruger on here (and hopefully more Joshua Jackson).

Winner: Bob Benson onĀ Mad MenĀ “The Better Half”

Bob Benson Wears Short ShortsThere could only be one winner really and it’s Bob Benson in his short shorts as he prepares to spend the day at the beach with Joan and her son Kevin. It’s a hard look to pull off and James Wolk does just that as he moves about with ease in Joan’s apartment, he even manages to look not too awkward when Roger drops by unannounced. This week has been a big one forĀ Mad MenĀ conspiracy theories (for more on Megan’s t-shirt head here) and Bob is at the center of these as his intentions are still unclear; is he a good guy trying to get his career going or is there something more nefarious going on? It’s been a fun game to play so far and I’m glad that even in the warm weather and a trip to the beach Bob still has his cup of coffee fromĀ Anthora. Bob doesn’t need an amphetamine laced injection as long as he has a cup of coffee then he has boundless energy.

Runner Up: Elisabeth Moss and Kerry Washington in The Hollywood ReporterĀ Magazine

HR_ROUND_TABLE_SHOT_02_029_v6_B_a_p HR_ROUND_TABLE_SHOT_11_004_v5_B_a_pThis is the second week in a row that Elisabeth Moss has appeared in a non Mad Men related capacity (last week was all about her new haircut) and this photo is part of The Hollywood Reporter’sĀ drama actress roundtable. There is a variety of styling on this front coverĀ ranging from casual to fancy;Ā Scandal’sĀ Kerry Washington looks relaxed and chic in black vest and white trousers (with a stripe of black to add to the monochromatic theme) and Elisabeth Moss could rock up to a cocktail party in this black and white dress and towering heels. This shoot is much better than last year’s all gown theme and they’ve picked styles that suit each actress. The hair and make-up is similar enough without looking like they’ve matched everyone in a Stepford Wives manner (and I’ve started a lipstick treasure hunt to find out Elisabeth Moss’ shade/brand. There will be updates).

Runner Up: Dr Alana Bloom onĀ HannibalĀ “Trou Normand”

Dr Bloom, Hannibal, Will

Dr Bloom

First of all I want to say how happy I am thatĀ HannibalĀ has been renewed for a second seasonĀ as I was starting to worry about the fate of the show and now I can get back to worrying about the fate of Dr. Alana Bloom. These photos are from last week’s episode and I wanted to feature this colorful costuming that stands out amongst the dark attire of all around her. The skirt is a deep red and paired with the patterned red blouse Dr Bloom is a striking figure in the gloom. It’s a pretty good representation of how Alana fits into the shows narrative as she has become a figure of light for Will as their relationship has developed – a kiss occurred in the previous episode and Alana admitted that she has feelings for Will but she can’t act on them yet while he is unstable. Alana is also the character who is the most in the dark when it comes to Abigail Hobbs; Jack rightly doesn’t trust Abigail and Will has figured out that Abigail is a killer. Alana implicitly trusts Hannibal and this could be her downfall as she tells Jack “He has no reason to lie about any of this.” The audience knows this isn’t the case and I’m going to spend the rest of the season worrying about what will happen to Dr Bloom. She does provide balance and reason to the team and her costuming is functional but still fashionable; wrap around dresses are a favorite. It’s this balance that I hope will keep this character around for season 2 (it’s so nice to write that knowing there is going to be a season 2).

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