Hollywood Prospectus Podcast: Game of Thrones, Mad Men, and TV Fan Service

Mad MenDo you know who I am? Do you know who Chris is? These are the questions that America’s sweetheart, Reese Witherspoon (:50), would ask were she in the podcast studio with us instead of locked up in an Atlanta drunk tank. And though we had much to say about the Academy Award winner’s transgressions down south, we actually had a great deal more to say about television. First, some light weekend reading got Chris thinking about Howard Hawkes and the means of Hollywood production, which (a) was actually much lighter than it sounds, and (b) dovetailed quite nicely with a piece I wrote last week about how cable’s niche targeting and fan service may be limiting future greatness (7:10). But luckily we still have plenty of present greatness to debate, so we spent plenty of time raving over a truly phenomenal episode of Game of Thrones (23:25) and puzzling our way through a knotty, occasionally ugly episode of Mad Men (35:45). Now if you’ll excuse us we’re going to lock ourselves in an office with Stan Rizzo and 100 takeout menus, and we’re not coming out until this pitch for our separatist moon colony series is in tip-top shape and ready to go. (It’ll make more sense if you listen. Honest.)

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Filed Under: Game of Thrones, Grantland Network, Mad Men, TV

Andy Greenwald is a staff writer for Grantland.

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