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  • The 2015 Emmys: Gender-bending, groundbreaking

    By Danielle Berrin

    September 21, 2015 | 10:11 am

    “I guess the new rule in Hollywood is not to wear makeup, or get your hair dyed,” a friend quipped during the 2015 Emmys telecast on Sunday night.

    She was referring to actress Frances McDormand, who shepherded HBO’s “Olive Kitteridge” all the way from idea to golden idol – six of...

  • The Emmys enter the age of ethnicity

    By Danielle Berrin

    July 16, 2015 | 1:20 pm

    This year, once again, there are plenty of Jews and Jewish-themed shows among the Emmy nominees — pointing them out would be pointing out the obvious. But what really sets apart this year’s crop of nominees from years past is how much more deeply and authentically Judaism is...

  • “Mad Men” creator honored at Los Angeles City Hall

    By Ryan Torok

    June 17, 2015 | 2:08 pm

    "Mad Men" creator Matthew Weiner accepted an award from the City of Los Angeles on June 17 at Los Angeles City Hall. 

    Appearing to hold back tears, Weiner called Los Angeles “his muse” and said he was thankful to city officials for “not throwing the entire past away to [land]...

  • As ‘Mad Men’ concludes, creator ready to rest on laurels, stay offline

    May 18, 2015 | 12:02 pm

    For "Mad Men" creator Matthew Weiner, Monday is the day to begin "officially resting on my laurels" and staying off the Internet while he basks in the twilight of the television show that has occupied his life for the last eight years.

    "This whole thing has exceeded all of my...

  • Why ‘Mad Men’ was one of TV’s most deeply Jewish shows

    May 15, 2015 | 9:29 am

    AMC’s ad campaign for the second half of the final season of “Mad Men” centered on the phrase “The End of an Era.” The clever double meaning of the phrase was that this was not only the end of an era within the show, as the plot spilled into the 1970 and left the ’60s behind – it...

  • Does Don Draper want to be Jewish?

    April 6, 2015 | 11:42 am

    Spoiler alert: The post below discusses the content of “Mad Men” Season 7, Episode 8 (“Severance”)

    In the weeks before the beginning of the final season of “Mad Men,” the show’s creator Matthew Weiner did rounds of interviews on his Jewish roots. He even recently sat down for an ...

  • Matthew Weiner on ‘Mad Men’ and male friendships

    August 22, 2014 | 3:05 pm

    As the creator of "Mad Men," AMC Networks' period TV drama and its brooding, dysfunctional ad man Don Draper, Matthew Weiner has had some experience in exploring the male psyche.

    In his directorial feature film debut "Are You Here," in theaters on Friday, Weiner wanted to tackle...

  • Weiner talks the societal reality mirrored in his ‘Mad Men’

    May 14, 2014 | 11:11 am

    "It’s got to be clear that I do not control what people think about the show in any way, and can’t obviously,” Matthew Weiner said recently during an interview in his downtown Los Angeles office. The creator of “Mad Men” had just been discussing the relationship between Don Draper...

  • Yes, that was Moshe Dayan on ‘Mad Men’

    June 11, 2013 | 9:53 am

    A few months back, JTA board macher and fellow “Mad Men” fan Danny Krifcher suggested that I write up a column predicting how each of the characters would respond to the Six Day War.

    It was a fun idea. I gave it some thought, but couldn’t come up with any good ones. So I let it go.

    And so did the show. This season picked up after June 1967, skipping right over Israel’s dramatic victory.

    Until this week.

    Which is my long-winded way of saying… yes, that was a big picture of Moshe Dayan hanging over Stan Rizzo’s bed.

  • Alison Brie on her very Jewish mother

    May 14, 2013 | 9:59 am

    This week on his podcast, Jewish comedian Marc Maron chats with Alison Brie, who opens up about lots of stuff, including what it was like splitting her time between her divorced interfaith parents as a kid.

    On weekends with her dad she’d go to Sunday school at his Christian-Hindu...

  • ‘Mad Men’s’ Jewish factor

    April 10, 2013 | 6:56 am

    Advertising, it’s fair to say, is in Ben Feldman’s blood.

    Yes, he technically plays a fictional advertiser, the Jewish copywriter in AMC’s award-winning drama “Mad Men.” But Feldman says it was his excellent marketing skills that landed him the role.

    “The casting loved that I...

  • Meet Michael Ginsburg: On ‘Mad Men,’ Sterling Cooper gets a Jewish copywriter

    April 10, 2012 | 11:41 am

    “Mad Men” is like the Jews—it gets a lot of attention for a show watched by less than 2% of the population.

    And, now, to kick off its fifth season, the 1960s period drama, winner of four straight Emmys for best drama, has a new Jewish character. To be more precise, the...

  • ‘Mad Men’ masochism

    By Danielle Berrin

    March 27, 2012 | 3:25 pm

    The most interesting scene by far of Mad Men’s season five premiere was not the party, when Don Draper’s new wife Megan sang a silly little ditty in a sexy little dress, thrusting her legs apart for extra effect (who was possibly in the mood for cutesy French fanfare the week after...

  • Glenn Beck, ZOA and mad men

    By Mark Paredes

    November 28, 2011 | 12:44 am

    When Mormon media figure Glenn Beck was under attack last year by major Jewish groups for inappropriate comments he made about financier George Soros, one of the few Jewish leaders to defend him was Mort Klein, the head of the far-right Zionist Organization of America (ZOA). Last...

  • And the Primetime Emmy Award winners are…

    September 19, 2011 | 1:12 pm

    Here is the list of winners of Primetime Emmy Awards that aired on Sept. 19:
    “Mad Men”
    Kyle Chandler, “Friday Night Lights”
    Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife”

  • ‘Modern Family,’ ‘Mad Men’ and other Jewish thoughts on the Emmys

    By Danielle Berrin

    September 19, 2011 | 3:28 am

    Not even a last minute save by Leonard Nimoy could save the Emmy Awards ceremony from its usual sterile simplicity. Relying on its predictable mix of soft comedy and repeat honors, the show was safe from controversy but sorely lacking in entertainment.

    Nimoy’s appearance in the...


    By Annie Korzen

    July 20, 2011 | 1:02 am

    As with any addiction, there came a time when my bargain-shopping pleasure turned to pain. Every closet, shelf, and drawer in the house was overflowing with valuable stuff that was never used. I don’t wear the designer clothing because I live in sweatpants. I don’t use the...

  • Filmmaker marries Hollywood to tikkun olam

    November 22, 2010 | 7:13 pm

    What was Elisabeth Moss, star of the AMC hit series “Mad Men” and an avowed Scientologist, doing hanging out with a Lubavitcher Jew?

    They were making a movie together to promote “tikkun olam,” the Jewish value of repairing the world.

    The product of their work, “A Buddy...

  • Emmy Awards: Top Ten Jewish Moments

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 29, 2010 | 11:06 pm

    It’s fitting that the 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards on Aug. 29 showed a clip of this year’s Oscar ceremony—the one where Steve Martin decreed that in “Inglourious Basterds,” Christophe Waltz played a Nazi “obsessed with finding Jews.  “Well, Christophe,“ Martin added,...

  • Meshugene Men - It’s How Mad Men Does Purim

    By Jay Firestone

    March 3, 2009 | 5:28 pm

    Advertising genius and mystery man, Dan Draperberg unravels the secrets of making mayonnaise the next herring or chopped liver to the Jewish world. I’ll admit, I’ve only seen Mad Men a few times, but if it’s anything like selling condiments to Jews, I’m in.

    A promo for Purim show,...

  • Sandler, Stewart, “Mad Men” creator make Forward 50

    By Danielle Berrin

    November 18, 2008 | 5:57 am

    The “Forward 50,” a list of prominent Jewish Americans compiled by the New York Jewish weekly has featured a whopping three Jews from the film and television industries. If this is the best they could do for their 2008 culture and media set, I’d like to know what other areas are...

  • Is Don Draper Jewish?

    By Rob Eshman

    October 11, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    When they say Jews control Hollywood, I always think to myself: Thank God.

    What if Hollywood were founded by the same people who brought you Detroit or, say, agribusiness? Would our movies and television shows be so much better?

    Understanding the people who shape America's culture...