Weekend Vid Picks: Just Mad About Those Mad Men Parodies!

While you can hardly say that the AMC hit drama Mad Men isn’t on the public radar, the fact is that it has a lot smaller viewership than, say, CSI: Miami. But all that’s going to change in the next few days, as the 1960s-set rumination on advertising and America is not only up for a bajillion Emmys on Sunday, but (probably more of note) stars Jon Hamm and January Jones will be on Monday’s Oprah.
Which means that now is as good a time for compiling some Mad Men parodies. Because, oh, there have been parodies…
The latest one I’ve seen is courtesy of, oddly, former New Kid on the Block Joey McIntyre, and co-stars Nate Cordry (Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip) and Rob Delaney (Coma, Period). The extremely NSFW (for language) short resets Sterling Cooper in the present day — and in Boston.

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Rant: Rumors of the Death of Web Series Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

Break A Leg creator Yuri Baranovsky posted a provoking piece on his blog on Wednesday called Let’s Save the Web Series. It’s a thoughtful look at the current state of web content, one that echoes some recent thoughts from our own Chris Albrecht, but it’s driven by the following sentiment: “It seems to me that we’ve finally dropped the act and now just think that the whole damn genre is failing.”
To be blunt, it sounds like Baranovsky doesn’t get out much. If he did, he’d be in touch with the new generation of web series creators, who are playing with their cameras, trying new things and making new deals. There is so much happening here that, frankly, we can’t cover it all. But heaven help us, we’re trying. Because we are watching the new stuff. And each new great show is another reason not to give up.
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Thing Labs to Launch New Twitter App In Coming Weeks

thing labsJason Shellen, founder of Thing Labs, the startup formerly known as Plinky, is keeping details about its new social media product tightly under wraps — except to say that initially it will only work in conjunction with Twitter. While other application developers focus their attention on multiple social network sites, Thing Labs decided to develop its latest application for the API friends and fellow ex-Googlers Biz Stone and Evan Williams created.

Thing Labs is primarily familiar with the Twitter API via the friendships of Shellen and VP of Technology Chris Wetherell with Stone and Williams, so it seemed natural to start building its new application on that platform first. Wetherell, a former senior software engineer at Google, even spent a few months working on projects at Twitter after he left the search giant earlier this year. Read More about Thing Labs to Launch New Twitter App In Coming Weeks