Did AMC luck out with Mad Men? That’s a difficult question to answer. HBO taking a pass freed the show to knock on other network doors, but even other networks were pretending to be out for the evening due to HBO’s lack of enthusiasm. When Mad Men arrived at AMC’s door, luckily for both, as well as the viewing public, someone finally answered. For more details on HBO’s pass, click here.
And that someone was wearing a party dress. Have you looked around lately? Fashion trends erupted from my grandmother’s closet, right down to the fabric. Every woman wants to look like a Betty, but I still doubt women long to live Betty’s life. Check out January Jones as Betty Draper here. And really, nothing’s sexier than women smoking while pregnant, suited men getting hammered by noon at the office, and your shrink telling all to your husband. And that was just the first season. Completely not PC, viewers crave and critics rave. Madmen has just the right amount of intelligence and wit to juggle multiple plots while keeping fans satiated and starved at the same time. The new season starts Sunday, July 25. For more Madmen details click here.
So, what did happen to HBO’s Soprano’s replacement? True Blood, based off of Charlaine Harris’ Southern Vampire Novel series earned only 5 Emmy nods. For information about the Sookie Stackhouse books and Charlaine Harris visit the Official Charlaine Harris Website. Although HBO still hit the jackpot with 24 nominations for The Pacific, it doesn’t mean they get a pass for single-handedly elevating an unknown network to the nation’s attention. What gets them a pass is how they manage to still overshadow other networks when it comes to Emmy nominations. For more on primetime Emmy’s click here.
Although the accents alone will keep True Blood from reaching any acting nods, it’s an enjoyable fantasy. If it stays with the books, it will even have several seasons to play Emmy catch-up. Because the novels are in a first-person narrative, the show had to really develop the majority of the characters, and hands-down, Eric Northman (played by Swede Alexander Skarsgard) is dead-sexy. To find out more about Skarsgard, click here. Older Twilight fans, will relish in the sexuality and humor of the series in addition to its magical qualities.
Comparing the two shows is like comparing bread and jam. They’re both delicious, but are completely different tastes. I’m just happy we get to enjoy Mad Men even with HBO’s blacklisting pass up. As for the most outstanding, we’ll have to wait for the Emmy’s to air on Sunday, August 29, 2010, since the two shows are both in the running for Outstanding Drama Series.
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