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Ask Matt: Go, Peggy! Plus White Collar, Big Bang, NCIS, and More!

Elisabeth Moss

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Question: I'm starting to think Elisabeth Moss is going to have a major problem to deal with next summer: deciding which Mad Men episode to submit for Emmy consideration! Peggy has always been one of Mad Men's most complex and intriguing characters, but this season it just feels like Moss and the writers providing her material have been stepping it up more and more in each episode. I can't decide which Peggy moment has been my favorite so far this season: her dabblings in '60s counterculture, her moving reaction to the news of Trudy Campbell's pregnancy, her clever takedown of the horrid new art director, or any of her scenes with Don in the heartbreaking "The Suitcase" episode. What really is blowing my mind is that we're only about halfway through this season of Mad Men. If it's this good already, I can't even imagine how great the climactic episodes are going to be! I just wanted to check in and see if you have been enjoying Peggy lately as much as I have been... read more

Matt's TV Week in Review

Elisabeth Moss and Jon Hamm

As summer TV begins to hand off to the fall season, some thoughts and observations on a few of the shows and headlines that stood out.

Instant Classic TV: I haven't been able to stop thinking about Sunday's episode of Mad Men, regarded by many as the high point of the season to date and a series peak as well, a blistering tour de force for Jon Hamm and Elisabeth Moss, who now have dynamite entries for their Emmy reel next year. (This season has been particularly strong for Moss, as Peggy Olson comes into her own: partying with bohemians, doffing her clothes to unnerve the chauvinistic new art director, and now standing up to Don.) "The Suitcase," so masterfully penned by Matthew Weiner that it wouldn't be a surprise to see him at the Emmy podium yet again next year, felt like watching a three-act play — or maybe a three-ring circus veering from drama to comedy back to drama, or perhaps an emotional heavyweight bout that went on much longer — and with more actual ferocity — than the legendary Cassius Clay-Sonny Liston rematch knockdown of May 1965.

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Mad Men Episode Recap: "The Suitcase"

"Somebody very important to me died." Don Draper
"Who?" Peggy
"The only person in the world who really knew me." Don Draper
"That's not true." Peggy

While the rest of the world was watching (and losing money on) the second bout of Cassius Clay and Sonny Liston, a much more personal boxing match was going on inside the Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce offices. Don tries to avoid making a phone call destined to bring him earth-shattering bad news by making his protégé, Peggy, stay behind to help him with a troublesome Samsonite ad. The result is one of the series' finest hours, allowing each character to jab the other with various grievances. But they ultimately come to realize what we already knew: These characters love each other — enough to stand by and pick the other up when life delivers a knockout punch.

It's no secret that Don and Peggy have always been kindred spirits, but it's been a while since Mad Men put them in the same room together as much as it did in this episode. And I wouldn't be surprised to see more of it. While Don mourns the loss of Anna Draper, he should take comfort in the fact that Peggy does know him. She may not know the Dick Whitman that Anna loved, but Peggy knows more about polished ad man Don Draper than anyone. And she got a crash course in Whitman 101 straight from Dick's mouth over dinner. Perhaps now, Don's life raft isn't 3,000 miles across the country, but in the office next door... read more

Ask Matt: Post-Emmys, Plus Fall Preview, Secret Life, Huge, Weeds, Persons Unknown and More

Jim Parsons

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Question: I was absolutely thrilled with the Emmys, both the show itself, plus the recipients of the awards were for once not terrible to watch. But a couple of questions remain. I was probably happiest that Jim Parsons received the Emmy for outstanding lead actor in a comedy, though I wish the show itself would have gotten recognition. I know that you have discussed previously why Big Bang Theory wasn't nominated and probably won't be, but do you think that Parsons' win could possibly change that? The show seems to be on a continuing upward spiral, and I hope that the Academy will maybe recognize that next year.

My mom and I were discussing the Emmys the morning after, and I told her that Modern Family had beat Glee in the comedy series category. She couldn't fathom how Glee would possibly be considered a comedy (she's probably seen about half of its episodes). I tried to explain to her that if Glee had gone in as a drama that it would have had absolutely no chance, and that putting Glee and, for example, Mad Men on the same playing field would be absolutely ridiculous. Maybe you could help better explain why Glee is a comedy, and why it's not a drama? — Alex

Matt Roush: First, Big Bang. This is going to be such a... read more

Roush Review: The Emmy Awards

Jimmy Fallon

Dare I say it? This year's Emmy Awards show was almost, gasp, Emmy-worthy (well, up until that deadly stretch in the back half; kills the show every time). And with a surprising number of first-time winners, a few of them quite surprising and even for the most part surprisingly satisfying, it rarely felt like a retread of past seasons.

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Jimmy Fallon to Include Viewer Tweets During Emmys

Jimmy Fallon

Want to be a part of Sunday's Emmys ceremony? All you need is a Twitter account and some something clever to say.

"Jimmy Fallon can't read your mind, but he can read your tweets!" NBC's website says.

Check out our Emmys section for complete coverage

On Tuesday, a list of the presenters participating on the awards show — including nominees Jon Hamm and... read more

True Blood Trio to Present at Emmys

Stephen Moyer, Anna Paquin and Alexander Skarsgard

Newlyweds Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer have a date with the Emmys: The True Blood couple will present at the ceremony, along with co-star Alexander Skarsgard.

Check out our Emmys section for complete coverage

The trio — on the current cover of Rolling Stone naked and drenched in blood — joins previously announced presenters ...
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Jon Hamm, Jim Parsons Tapped to Present at Emmy Awards

Jon Hamm

Emmy nominees Jon Hamm and Jim Parsons have also been tapped to present at the 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards. Eva Longoria Parker and Blair Underwood will also serve as presenters.

Hamm is nominated for best actor in a drama series for Mad Men, and for... read more

Vincent Kartheiser Gets a Mad Men Promotion

Vincent Kartheiser

"There's only one Don Draper," Vincent Kartheiser says, "and when you work alongside somebody like that, you make your peace with being a beta male." Kartheiser is talking about his Mad Men character, Pete Campbell, the ambitious WASP who has never quite matched the profile of his ad-agency superior, played by Jon Hamm. But that dynamic might shift... read more

Mega Buzz: Cristina's Grey's Breakdown, Mitchell's Hidden Past, and CSI: NY's New Face

Sandra Oh, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Sela Ward

Every week, senior editors Mickey O'Connor and Adam Bryant satisfy your need for TV scoop. Please send all questions to mega_scoop@tvguide.com.

What's Cristina up to when Grey's Anatomy returns? — Jenni
ADAM: She won't be great. While Cristina is usually the rock the other docs lean on, her reaction to the traumatic season finale rampage takes longer to sort out than some of the other surgeons. In fact, when she is finally cleared to go back into surgery, an accident in the OR freaks her out so much that she collapses into a sobbing mess on the floor.

Can we get some more Modern Family scoop? — Rusty
MICKEY: If you were as tickled as we were to discover that Mitchell and Claire were once an figure-skating duo named Fire and Ice, you're going to love the next nugget... read more

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