Saturday, July 13, 2024

“Mad Men” Outrage: John Slattery and Jessica Pare Snubbed


This is a scandal: both John Slattery and Jessica Pare were snubbed by the Emmy Awards for their outstanding work on “Mad Men.” This is sort of unbelievable. First of all, Slattery–Roger Sterling’s acid trip was one of the two highlights of the season. It was a landmark episode. As well, Slattery’s delivery in every scene of every episode almost seems effortless. Slattery’s Sterling is maybe the best character on all of television, frankly. He’s as smooth and wry as well, whiskey and rye. It’s quite maddening that he’s been left out of the Emmys. At the same time, Jessica Pare nearly stole “Mad Men” and the spring TV season as Megan Draper. Her performance of “Zou Bisou Bisou” was maybe the most talked about moment of TV all season. For Slattery and Pare to be ignored means there’s some snafu at AMC. There’s some disconnect, that’s for sure. On Emmy night, these two should have their own party, and have statues presented to them.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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