Don Draper and his "Mad Men" crew traveled to the future to ring in the opening bell of the New York Stock Exchange on Wednesday, giving brokers a welcome spectacle on the trading floor.
The cast, including Jon Hamm, January Jones, and Christina Hendricks, were all on hand for the Wall Street rite of passage, which in the past has seen the likes of everyone from fashion designer Michael Kors to the rowdy cast of "The Jersey Shore."
Fans beyond Wall Street are gearing up for the highly anticipated March 25 return of the acclaimed AMC series. A whole slew of Manhattan bars and restaurants are offering viewing parties and drink specials in honor of the premiere.
Check out photos of the cast at the New York Stock Exchange below:
And check out these venues to celebrate "Mad Men" this upcoming weekend:
When you get around as much as Don Draper does, you're bound to rack up several notches on the old belt over the course of four seasons. As we near this Sunday's Mad Men premiere, let's take a look back at the many ladies whom the ad man wooed - and ultimately left in his dust. Don, you cad.
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Carnie Wilson weighed more than 300 pounds before undergoing gastric bypass surgery in 1999, and 12 years later she's turned to surgery again in her battle against weight gain.
On January 18, Wilson underwent lap-band surgery -- a procedure in which a silicone band is placed around the stomach, effectively shrinking it to the size of a golf ball, reports People magazine.
"It was the right decision for me and I'm doing really well so far," says Wilson, who has already lost 30 pounds since the surgery. "It's all about taking good care of myself."
It's the same sentiment the singer had after she lost more than 150 pounds through gastric bypass surgery in 2000. "The surgery is a tool to assist in helping you get back your health, but you have to participate in your wellness by really being aware of what you eat," she told USA Today.
Much has changed in the past 12 years for the singer, who is reuniting with Wilson Phillips to promote their new album and reality show "Wilson Phillips: Still Holding On." She's also now the mother of two girls aged 6 and 2, whom she had with husband Rob Bonfiglio. Though she lost nearly half her body weight with the first surgery, pregnancy and motherhood have thrown her off track.
"Having children derailed me a bit," she told People in February 2010 after she failed to lose the 61 pounds she gained while pregnant with her younger daughter, Luciana.
Just weeks before she underwent her second surgery, Wilson told Fox News she had gained weight but was looking forward to getting into an exercise routine agan. "It's like a daily decision. Am I going to eat healthy today or am I going to make some shitty decisions?"
The 43-year-old explained, "I've really struggled since I've become sober. How do I balance that? How can I relax and not overeat? Because I have a lot of pressure in my life. I'm a working mother ... You try to pay the bills, you try to keep your life going and there's pressure."
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Plimpton is returning to the legal drama as high-powered lawyer Patti Nyholm, who teams up with Michael J. Fox's character Louis Canning to take on Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies)'s firm.
In other casting news...
"SVU" star Stephanie Marchhas been cast in new CBS drama. March has nabbed the part of Natalie in CBS' legal drama pilot "Baby Big Shot." Labeled "Spence-educated Manhattan royalty," March will play a law associate who hopes to be head of the firm. [EW]
"ER's" Eric La Salle will appear in the "Widow Detective" pilot. La Salle is set to guest star in the CBS pilot as a friend to John Corbett's character, with the potential of a recurring role if the series is picked up. [THR]
Jason O'Mara will co-star in a new period drama. The "Terra Nova" alum has landed a key role in the still-untitled CBS drama about the life of cowboy and sheriff Ralph Lamb. [TVLine]
"Smallville" actor Alan Ritchson joins the "Super Fun Night" pilot. On "Super Fun Night," which revolves around a group of friends who are perpetually chasing "super fun" Friday nights, the actor will play hunky boyfriend to nerdy character Kimmie's younger sister, who is described as a hotter version of Kimmie. [THR]
Tom Lennon will guest star on the season finale of "New Girl." The "Reno 911" actor will appear on the finale as a potential new roommate for Jess (Zooey Deschanel) and the rest of the "New Girl" gang on the freshman Fox hit comedy. [THR]
The actor will play the potentially recurring role of Ryan on the prospective Fox comedy.
Glee mastermind Ryan Murphy is planning a remake of The Who's 1969 rock opera Tommy in upcoming episode of the Fox show, according to The Chicago Tribune.
Cable channel IFC officially announced its upcoming comedy programming Tuesday.
The shows in the lineup, slated to debut at various points throughout the next year, is anchored by a third season of "Portlandia," as well as a new show created by and starring Marc Maron and a batch of other new shows largely centered around up-and-coming comedians.
Scott Aukerman and Reggie Watts, the host and "one-man bandleader" respectively of the upcoming talk/variety show "Comedy Bang! Bang!," hosted the first-ever IFC upfront Tuesday night, which the network nicknamed "Upfront-landia." In addition to "Bang! Bang!," the network previewed the comedy game show "Bunk" and announced a Marc Maron comedy, a new installment of R. Kelly's urban operetta "Trapped in the Closet," a second season of the reality show "Whisker Wars," and an adult, animated program entitled "Out There."
The news of Maron's show, which is currently using the working title "Maron" (and not "WTF" as had been previously speculated), was reported by Laughspin last week, but IFC has now officially announced that a 10-episode season will air sometime in the third quarter of 2013. The show revolves around Maron playing a barely fictionalized version of himself, a neurotic comedian who records a podcast out of his home.
Maron told The Huffington Post that almost no details had been finalized for the show's production, including whether or not Ed Asner would reprise his role as Maron's father from the pilot episode, or whether the show would continue to shoot at Maron's actual home.
The comedian also indicated that the show would not interfere with recording his popular podcast, "WTF."
New York-based comedian Kurt Braunohler is hosting "Bunk," a show reminiscent of "Whose Line is it Anyway?" and "Win Ben Stein's Money." In the game show format, Braunohler gives challenges to a panel of comedians and arbitrarily awards points.
"'Bunk' is barely controlled chaos," Braunohler said. "At one point, we had a child emerge from one of the podiums and all the contestants [had] to break a harsh truth to him. It was beautiful."
A mini-version of the show was presented at the upfront, featuring comedians Chris Gethard, Ethan T. Berlin and Michael Che as panelists.
The 10-episode seasons of both "Bunk" and "Bang! Bang!" will debut June 8. Clips of "Bang! Bang!" were shown, and included glimpses of Zach Galifianakis, Jon Hamm, Amy Poehler, Andy Richter, Seth Rogen, Paul Rudd and Adam Scott. The irreverent talk show, based on the popular podcast of the same name, ventured out of the studio frequently, and seemed similar to early episodes of "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" as well as "Pee-Wee's Playhouse."
Live versions of "Bunk" and "Bang! Bang!" were also performed at the IFC Crossroads house at South By Southwest in Austin, Texas, last week.
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How well do you know the Bible? Jeff Foxworthy can help you find out.
GSN has tapped the comedian to host "The American Bible Challenge," a game show that tests contestants' knowledge of the scripture, with the intention of celebrating the Bible and incorporating it into contemporary life.
"I am excited to be hosting a show about the bestselling book of all time," Foxworthy said in a statement. "It will be interesting to find out what people really know, and an opportunity to present the Bible in a fun and entertaining way."
Foxworthy has authored several books including "You Might Be A Redneck If..." and several versions of "Jeff Foxworthy's Redneck Dictionary." He starred in 1995's sitcom "The Jeff Foxworthy Show," and most recently hosted Fox's "Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader?," which aired from 2009-2011.
The pilot for "American Bible Challenge" will be shot later this month. The show's official air date is yet to be announced.
The Walking Dead finale this week was BANANAS and a great way to end the season: some questions answered, some new ones raised, a new character to ponder over the summer, and everyone important made it out alive (a big "Sorry!" to all TWD fans that were hoping to see Lori or Carol not make it out - both are alive, to throw disapproving glares at us for at least another episode). Last night opened with the black helicopter Rick saw in Season 1 still hovering, and in a "let's kill two confusing birds with one stone" angle, said helicopter can be blamed for the crazy horde of Walkers that descended on the farm. As some have guessed, the Zombies are sound driven with a herd mentality - the helicopter sparked interest in a few of them and they started walking toward it, others mindlessly followed. This snowballed into an even bigger mass of the undead. There was a really cool scene when the horde comes upon the perimeter fence of Hershel's farm and just by sheer numbers breaks the fence down.
Daryl and Glenn get back to the farm before Rick and Shane, unaware that Shane is dead and Carl is missing from the house. (Anyone actually surprised that -gasp- Lori can't keep an eye on her son??). Lori asked Daryl if he would mind going out and looking for Rick and Shane - and it looks like "Caring Daryl" is back because without hesitation he starts to leave to go find them before they all get out on the porch and realize that the shit is seriously about to hit the fan.
Carl and Rick are walking back to the farm after they took Shane down together when they see the oncoming horde. They run to the barn but the Walkers give chase. They come up with a plan to douse the barn in gasoline and draw as many Walkers as they can inside before torching it, hoping this will distract the zombies long enough for their friends and family to make a getaway. The group on the porch see the barn go up in flames and know someone's over there on their side - they just don't know if its Rick, Shane or both of them, and they don't know if Carl is with them. They decide to kill as many Walkers as possible before escaping - Hershel's all "This is MY farm!" and okay, sure, but hey buddy - this is your family - what's more important? Screw the farm; get your kids out alive!
But logical decisions make for boring TV - so instead they fight it out, and lose a few people in the process. Andrea got stranded and left to fend for herself, but Jimmy (Hershel's son) and Patricia (Otis's wife) were the only two that technically didn't make it and became Walker-Food. Daryl and Carol are on Daryl's motorcycle heading to the meet point. T-Dog has Lori and Beth in one truck and Rick, Hershel and Carl are in the other truck, Maggie and Glenn got out together in the compact car.
Rick, Hershel, and Carl are the first to arrive at the rendezvous point - the traffic jam at the highway that started this whole farm-mess in the first place, so very fitting. Luckily, since this is TV, just when they're debating staying or going, all the other survivors show up, conveniently at the same time. They regroup and count their losses but no one can say for sure that Andrea was actually killed. Daryl mounts his bike to go back for her - but Rick stops him and says it doesn't matter - IF Andrea was left behind (she was) then she's dead by now (she's not) or she's left the farm (she has). So they actually decide to leave her behind. Whenever they do run back into Andrea, I hope she kicks all their asses. Just saying.
The caravan gets moving but Rick's truck runs out of gas. He decides they should camp then go on a gas hunt in the morning. Rick steps away from the group and Lori joins him; he admits that he was the one who killed Shane. He explains what happened, and that he had a feeling Shane was setting him up but wanted to be done with their rivalry and get it over with. Cue where I continue to dislike Lori - because the death glare she gives him after he tells her what happened made me want to slap her. Back at camp Rick admits what we all guessed over the past two weeks: Jenner from the CDC did in fact tell Rick during Season 1's finale that everyone is infected, which means you don't have to be bitten or scratched to become a Walker when you die. It's all about your immune system, and how strong it is dictates how long it will take you to turn into a zombie. This of course means that I'm completely screwed, as I get so much as 10 feet from a sick person and like clockwork I'll feel like death in a matter of days. I guess it's good to know that in the Zombie Apocalypse - once I go, my Happy Walker Fun Times will soon be upon me.
They camp for the night, Rick tells everyone that this is no longer a democracy; he's calling all the shots and if they don't like it, then leave the group. No one leaves, but they all give him "shady-face" so we'll see what happens later. I have a feeling that if they find a comfortable place a few of them will break away from the Grimes and strike out on their own.
Speaking of striking out on your own - Andrea showed all of us she's a force to be reckoned with. Much like Daryl in 2.1's "Chupacabra" episode, Andrea is left to fend for herself in the woods. She's running like crazy, hasn't slept at all, the Walker's have her scent so they're not letting up. She falls and hits the ground and turns to fend off an oncoming Walker - who's suddenly decapitated by an unknown hooded figure who has two armless and jawless Walkers on chains behind them. BAD. ASS.
That's right everyone, Michonne has finally entered the building. Bow down to your new favorite character ever. We didn't get to see her face but she's being played by Danai Gurira, best known for her role as Jill on the TV series Treme. Just one quick note to settle something for those that haven't read the comics - some viewers noted the two Walkers Michonne has in chains were African American, and might think that's in poor taste. Before non-comic-readers get their collective panties bunched - the two zombies Michonne keeps on leashes are actually her boyfriend and the bf's bestie, and all three are AfAm - they're two people she won't part with so she removed their arms and their jaws, and keeps them as pets. So don't get upset - that tidbit probably gets revealed early next season, but until then - let's just get that part cleared up. Okay now I'm done. Oh crap! That's right - I really am done! What am I going to do with myself now?? Interact with others? Why on earth would I want to do that? Obviously I prefer the undead to the living. Maybe I'll volunteer at the morgue and do makeup. I'll figure something out.