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Next week’s news: Emmys edition

This week I look two whole days into the future, to this Sunday’s Emmy awards. My prediction: this year’s Emmy for best drama will go to… “Mad Men.” You heard it here first, folks.  Well, actually, you didn’t. It was also on the cover of “Duh” magazine.

The popularity of “Mad Men” has already inspired several trends, as viewers have started drinking, smoking and neglecting their children. But it’s also inspired a trend that’s not so positive: people trying to dress like “Mad Men” characters. We’ve seen this kind of thing before. Remember when Lance Armstrong first came on the scene? This was the unfortunate result. And what about all the sad Rolling Stones fans who try to look like Mick Jagger? Pathetic.

But this trend of dressing up like “Mad Men” characters is even worse — and here’s why. The thing we like about “Mad Men” is that it’s a period show. If we all start dressing like “Mad Men,” it won’t be period anymore. The same thing happened in the ’70s, when everyone started dressing like “Happy Days,” which was set in the ’50s.

This led to confusion about what decade we were actually living in, so that by the ‘80s, we elected a movie star from the ’40s. So let’s not let history repeat itself. If you feel compelled to dress like a TV character, how about these?

Crockett and Tubbs.

“The Hoff.”

Or Alf.

Okay, not Alf — he was naked.  Now, I know what you’re saying — you want to dress like Don Draper because of his timeless elegance and cool. Well, if it’s timeless elegance and cool you’re after, there’s another TV character you could dress like. Classic.

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  • Kitty Cone

    I was a great fan of Bill Moyers Journal and Now and hoped that Need to Know would continue the same type of investigative journalism that so informed those programs. Unfortunately I feel that many of the programs treat subjects that are interesting, but don’t shed light on current events in the way the old programs did.
    What about a program that researches the sources of funding for the right wing? The tea party is getting exceptionally “balanced” coverage. The New Yorker and Frank Rich can’t reach the viewers you could for an in-depth look at Rupert Murdoch and the Koch brothers’ huge funding of what could turn out to be a dangerous in the streets movement that its own participants don’t really understand.
    I worked in election law reform and dealt with the Libertarian party in their efforts to achieve ballot status. They do not believe in any government programs except police to guard private property. They would do away with public schools and programs of all types, as well as the taxes to fund them, and would allow corporations to carry out whatever they are able to without regard to the public good. This is particularly true in the case of the Koch brothers who are absolutely committed to funding anti-climate change and pro-oil research because they stand to gain financially. It’s a gold mine for program like yours, if you have the courage. Thank you for your consideration, Kitty Cone

  • Avi Neustadt

    Andy Borowitz continues to be the best part of the show. Why doesn’t PBS give him his own series? It would be the perfect antidote to the week’s news, right after Washington Week.