When I went on vacation a few weeks ago, some of you wondered why I would be vanishing in the middle of May sweeps, upfront madness, and the penultimate week of "Mad Men." Well, I got an offer I couldn't refuse: to appear at the Nordic Media Festival and beautiful Bergen, Norway. I got to see the fjords, meet a whole lot of lovely people, talk "Serial" with producer Dana Chivvis (another festival panelist), and, of course, be interviewed by Norwegian critic and panel judge Asbjørn Slettemark. Here's video of our discussion, during which we are bathed in some funky neon lighting. Also: I am getting new business cards that read "Alan Sepinwall: Kritikerrost Kritiker."
Last night, David Letterman said goodbye to "Late Show," and to 33 years as a late-night talk show host. It was a terrific outing, mixed with sincerity (Dave calling Paul Shaffer "my best friend"), reflection, cameos and laughs both new and old. You can stream the whole thing at CBS.com, but here are the YouTube highlights if you want them:
"I have always been able to live with ambiguities. I don't really understand a lot of things that regular people understand, that's part of it. So holding those things in my head, (someone might ask), 'Well, which is it?' Why does it have to be one or the other?"
This was Matthew Weiner early in his conversation tonight at the New York Public Library with novelist AM Homes, which he had promised would be the only public comments he makes for a very long time about the end of "Mad Men."
Tonight is David Letterman's final "Late Show." Although, as with his mentor Johnny Carson, last night's penultimate show was the real last one, with the return of Bill Murray and a musical performance by Bob Dylan, while tonight's will be largely clips and remembrances by Dave and Paul Shaffer.
A review of last night's season finale of "The Flash" coming up just as soon as I have a mug that says "World's Best Boss"...
Happy Tuesday, boys and girls! As promised, here's our extended farewell to "Mad Men" edition of the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, in which we discuss "Person to Person" at length while also answering your many fine and fun questions about the life of the series. Enjoy.
Due to both lack of sleep from reviewing the finale, and the sheer weight of the show being over, it's been hard for me to think about anything but "Mad Men" today.
A review of the "Mad Men" series finale coming up just as soon as I translate your speech into pig Latin...
Last week's "Game of Thrones" aired while I was away on vacation, and our Richard Rushfield pinch-hit on reviewing it. Tonight, I'm preoccupied with the end of "Mad Men" — it's entirely possible I may not have even watched "Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken" at the time you're reading this — but we're doing something different this week. Richard will again review this week's "Game," but elsewhere on the site. For those of you who just want to talk about the episode, go for it right here. There's a chance I may write a belated review of this one at some point in the week, but I suspect I may be inclined to just jump ahead to episode 7 next Sunday.