Monday, November 30, 2009

Mad Men meets Bewitched

The "tying up loose ends" column genre is by definition hit-and-miss, but I laughed at these two Mad Men queries from Stuart Elliot's advertising column in the NY Times today:
¶With the third season of “Mad Men” concluding as the characters advanced to December 1963, how long will it be before they meet other familiar Madison Avenue figures of the period like Darrin Stephens and Larry Tate of the McMann & Tate agency on “Bewitched”?

And if the fourth season of “Mad Men” proceeds as far as the New York City blackout of 1965, will Robert Morse, who plays the executive Bertram Cooper, run into the younger version of himself filming the movie “Where Were You When the Lights Went Out?” about the blackout?

(This reminds me of my favorite episode of The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, when it's revealed that Indy's high school girlfriend is none other than Nancy Drew. Sort of--the redhead is Nancy Stratemeyer, daughter of Edward of Stratemeyer Syndicate fame. At the beginning of the episode, Indy helps Edward with a plot twist for the latest Tom Swift novel and then he and Nancy use their knowledge of how plot twists and character deceptions work in those books to solve a mystery that's generically very similar to a Syndicate story!)

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Blogger Katy on Tue Dec 01, 10:53:00 AM:
Quantum Leap!
Anonymous Steph Mineart on Sun Dec 20, 10:17:00 AM:
And while Edward Stratemeyer rightfully gets credit for the ghost written/serial novel factory style of publishing, it was actually Nancy Stratemeyer who took over when he died and did the lion's work of bringing their flagship product, the Nancy Drew series, to it's powerhouse fruition. Nancy Stratemeyer was largely responsible for the girl genius that was Nancy Drew.
Anonymous Steph Mineart on Sun Dec 20, 10:37:00 AM:
Actually, I've got that a bit wrong - Edward's daughter wasn't named Nancy, she was Harriet, and became Harriet Adams when she got married. But she was the driving force behind Nancy Drew.