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James Wolk finally has the hit most of his fans think he was destined for -- though most of them didn't figure this would be the hit: "The Crazy Ones," which is easily the standout success of the new fall crop. (The lead-in doesn't hurt, but a success is a success...)
In this clip posted by CBS, Wolk does briefly address his "Mad Men" role -- Bob Benson, one of those wonderfully ambiguous characters who drove an army of TV writers in fits of speculation last season. But "The Crazy Ones" success also raises the whole issue of Bob's continued tenure at Sterling Cooper. His "Zach Cropper" is obviously a key reason why "Ones" is working, yet how would this sync with the "Mad Men" universe? Probably wouldn't which is why we have either seen the end of "Bob" or the beginning of the end of Bob. That's OK: The mysterious Bob has now been solved anyway...
The clip... Newsday app readers know the drill -- head to newsday.com/tvzone to watch Zach talk Bob...
We have arrived, friends, at the final Emmys 2013 pick/guesses -- the last entry in my weeklong series telling you who should win (but alas probably won't).
Good thing about this year's nominees? Not a piker in the bunch. They are all outstanding, and so if any of the following wins, no one should be surprised. With that, to our nominees ...
COMEDY SERIES: "The Big Bang Theory," CBS; "Girls," HBO; "Louie," FX; "Modern Family," ABC; "30 Rock," NBC; "Veep," HBO
Who will win: The past six years have been dominated by just two comedies, but even dominance eventually cracks, and for "Modern Family," this could well be that year. The winner is "The Big Bang Theory."
Who should win: "Louie," without question. But dark comedies -- and "Louie" is hardly always comic -- don't fare well here. Couple of "Girls" episodes merit a win, too, but like, "Louie" -- also produced in NYC, where there are fewer Academy voters -- this is a tough sale.
DRAMA SERIES: "Breaking Bad," AMC; "Downton Abbey," PBS; "Homeland," Showtime; "Game of Thrones," HBO; "House of Cards," Netflix; "Mad Men," AMC.
Who will win: "Homeland" had a so-so sophomore season, but voters hate to disawow their judgment, especially after crowning this with such gusto after its freshman season. Could be guilt over snubbing "Bad" for so long, but I fully believe it will prevail at the 66th Emmys, if not Sunday night. That's why the edge goes to ... "Homeland."
Who should win: "Game of Thrones." "Thrones" had a remarkable season (another one), but fantasy fiction is a tough sell to voters. I wouldn't mind seeing that long-overdue nod to "Bad," either -- and what a nice achievement to be awarded on the night your penultimate episode airs.
Now we're getting to where the rubber meets the road in our weeklong Emmy predictions series (word to the wise - do not bet the kids' milk money on these guesses): Best actor and actress!
Let's get straight to it, shall we?
LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES: Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey, PBS Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad, AMC Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom, HBO Jon Hamm, Mad Men,...Read more »
"Mad Men" is making like a banana split -- the final season will be cut down the middle, with seven episodes airing next year and seven in 2015.
Don't be sad, fans. It'll just take a little longer to watch those Draper sideburns grow out.
AMC has even tagged both seasons with names. The seven airing in spring of 2014 are “The Beginning” and the final seven, “The End of an Era,” are airing in the spring of 2015.
“We plan to take advantage of this chance to have a more elaborate story told in two parts, which can resonate a little bit longer in the minds of our audience,” said Matthew Weiner, creator and executive producer of "Mad Men." “The writers, cast and other artists welcome this unique manner of ending this unique experience.”
Clearly, fans will be of two minds on this move as well. One mind: Oh, great! "Men" will be around a lot longer! Second mind: Damn, we're going to have to wait a year to find out how all this wraps!
I suspect the second mind is getting a louder airing right about now, even though this split season strategy is the way of the world in cable these days. "The Walking Dead" is routinely split in half now, same with "Breaking Bad." It doesn't hurt the show -- just the fan who is for, all good reason, anxious to get on with it. Plus there's a silver lining here -- the final season was expanded to 14 episodes, representing (I believe) a boost of two episodes.
But still, a long time to wait.
The AMC excuse, err statement: “This approach has worked well for many programs across multiple networks, and, most recently for us with 'Breaking Bad' which attracted nearly double the number of viewers to its second-half premiere than had watched any previous episode,” said Charlie Collier, AMC president. “We are determined to bring 'Mad Men' a similar showcase. In an era where high-end content is savored and analyzed, and catch-up time is used well to drive back to live events, we believe this is the best way to release the now 14 episodes that remain of this iconic series.”
"Mad Men" fans, weigh in: Are you happy the final season will be split in half? Or is it a bad idea? Tell us in the poll and comments below.
This week, I'll be handicapping the 2013 Emmy nominations -- who/what/why could win, all accompanied by my usual caveat emptor: Don't place bets on these picks, as I reserve the right to be wrong and often am.
Ah, but that's the Emmys for you -- the dear maddening Emmys, which only yesterday managed to give Bob Newhart his first little statue for a guest appearance in "The Big Bang Theory."...Read more »