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Mad Men: Season 5 Premiere

It’s been a year and a half since the finale of Mad Men season 4 and about the same amount time has passed in the Mad Men world bringing the show up to sometime in 1967. The episode begins with one of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce’s competitors throwing bags of ice water from their office building onto the marching civil rights protestors below which in turn sets off a series of plot points which will inevitably lead Mad Men along the course of the Civil Rights movement. But first let’s catch up.

Because a lot of time has passed there are some seemingly major events that were missed including Don Draper’s wedding to his new wife Megan whom he suddenly proposed to at the conclusion of season 4. Based on the reception Don gave to Megan’s surprise 40th birthday party in this episode I’m guessing their wedding was probably of the Vegas style anyhow. Last season we also learned that Joan was pregnant and it was the result of a rekindled affair with Roger Sterling while her husband was overseas in Vietnam. In season 5 we catch up to her post-pregnancy and get further insight into her cattiness as she is tortured by her mothers “help” with the baby. Somehow they managed to get through the episode without any breastfeeding jokes but not without Roger exclaiming ‘There’s my Baby!” after Joan visits the office quickly amending his statement wryly with an added [and some child as well]. Having a baby in the office winds up being a vehicle for multiple uncomfortable moments as it is passed from person to person until Peggy is left alone with the child only to run into Pete in the hallway where they resurrect the family that never was.

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One Week Until Community! New Trailer, New Webisodes, and Hope for a 4th season?

One week. One week till the horror we’ve had to endure from NBC ends. One week until our faith in television is restored. One week until Community! And I couldn’t be happier. The staff of Grizzly Bomb couldn’t be happier, the entirety of the Internet couldn’t be happier, and I couldn’t be happier. I said that already.

So to celebrate the return to the airwaves, check out this trailer for Community‘s return to Thursdays! Pop Pop!

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Community: Donald Glover, Gus Fring, and the Future of Annie’s Boobs

Last place network NBC has 3 of the 5 best comedies on Television right now with Parks and Recreation, 30 Rock, and Community.  Pair those with ABC’s Modern Family and the FX masterpiece It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and you’ve got the best 5 show rotation in a long time. Community however, has been consistently scheduled opposite CBS’ The Big Crap The Big Bang Theory, and it consistently gets its brains bashed in. Why television viewers seem to favor formulaic drivel put out by CBS to the far superior cast/writing/overall product produced by the peacock is unknown to me, except to say perhaps the ‘Nielson Ratings’ are outdated and stupid. Of the approximately 115 million households in America, Neilson boxes are present in only 25,000 of them. That’s about 1 in 4600 households making viewing decisions for the rest of us. Stupid.

Anyhow, based on the poor ratings from the select few Nielson households,  NBC placed Community on hiatus, while renewing terrible shows like Whitney. So once this happened the internet went nuts wondering if we would ever get to see our favorite study group again, then Donald Glover released this.

Not the most inspiring thing I’ve seen, but more recently announcements have been made that seem to indicate there will be more episodes, just not sure when or in what time slot. We do know the following though… First Joel McHale has informed TV Guide that someone will die…

“A character from the show will die,” reveals star Joel McHale. He says the victim, although probably not one of the comedy’s main stars, is “someone you’ve seen a lot. And he dies in the mid-afternoon.”

In response to this, Warming Glow released odds on who they think it will be…

Annie’s Boobs (2-1) — It is a monkey that lives in the heating ducts, plus the death of Annie’s Boobs has the greatest comedic potential.

Leonard Briggs (4-1) — He’s the oldest character on the show, he’s had his hip replaced, and he rides around in a wheelchair. This seems logical. Maybe too logical?

Alex “Star-Burns” Osbourne (12-1) — He is a drug dealer, which can be a dangerous profession. But then again, he only deals marijuana, and his clients are Greendale students.

Fat Neil (6-1) — Fat Neil is both fat, which makes him a health risk, and he’s manic depressive, having considered suicide once before.

Magnitude (5-1) — Although not a high risk for death, his catchphrase, “Pop Pop,” would make him a likely candidate as a gunshot victim.

Professor Ian Duncan (20-1) — He does have a huge drinking problem and his with rivalry with Señor Chang could lead to violence.

Vice Dean Robert Laybourn (7-1) — In addition to being overweight, Vice Dean Laybourne is the true power of Greendale, which could develop into a “Game of Thrones” type plotline, in which he’s picked off by Dean Pelton.

Dr. Marshall Kane (12-1) — He has served prison time, and is uncomfortable with the way that the world has changed in the two decades he spent inside. This could provoke violence, or even suicide, particularly if faced with the prospect of handling those new, tiny LEGOs.

The Greendale Human Being (15-1) — Fumes from magic markers used on his mascot costume have been known to make him aggressive; they could also potentially be lethal.

 My vote is for the ‘Greendale Human Being’, guys is just asking for it…

So the fact that they’re gonna kill someone off certainly indicates to me that the show would have to first come back to do so. In addition to that, there is also news that Breaking Bad star Giancarlo Esposito (Gus Fring) will be appearing a in an upcoming episode as a business associate of Pierce’s late father, Cornelius Hawthorne.

Gus's Face, Two-Face, Breaking Bad, Animated Gif

In addition to the little bit of actual news here, and since we still don’t have a real return date, I’ve included a bunch of pictures I thought you might enjoy, most of them from Warming Glow…

The Return of ‘Mad Men’: Season 5

For those of you who have been pining for the most boringly interesting show on television to return, and I say that as a fan, your wait is almost over.

Don, Peggy, Roger and especially Joan will be back when Mad Men finally debuts its first episode of season five March 25th on AMC.

The poster announcing the return has been creating some online controversy because of its likeness to some chilling images from 9/11, but anyone who’s upset about this is late to the party because Mad Men has been using the falling man graphic since it’s debut in 2007. This is simply a bit of Don Draper magic, capturing the viewer as simply and as powerfully as possible. It will be a relief to see the Mad Men characters back in their familiar swarthy Manhattanite atmospheres instead of popping up in various television shows and movies.

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Movie Trailer Roundup: Wrath of the Titans, The Dictator, Lock-Out and MORE!

Wrath of the Titans

Perseus embarks on a treacherous quest into the underworld to rescue Zeus, who has been targeted for capture by his traitorous son, Ares, and his brother, Hades.

Stars: Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Bill Nighy, Rosamund Pike, Edgar Ramirez, Danny Huston

Release Date: March 30th, 2012

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