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Don’t Call Christina Hendricks ‘Full-Figured’

The sex-symbol status of Mad Men star Christina Hendricks flies in the face of the idea that only waif-thin or super-sporty female body types qualify as objects of lust. Her confidence and “I know I’m hot” attitude have made her a poster child for size-immune self-esteem, and some see her as a modern day Marilyn Monroe.

But even Hendricks has moments of discomfort and self-doubt. During a recent interview, Australian Sun-Herald fashion editor Kate Waterhouse asked the star about her famous curves, saying, “You have been an inspiration as a full-figured woman. What is the most inspiring story that you can remember where you’ve inspired someone?”

It seems clear to us that the journalist meant no harm and probably meant to pay the actress a compliment. But Hendricks didn’t take it that way, and we’re willing to bet that what Waterhouse actually said and what what Hendricks heard were not one and the same. To Hendricks, the question probably sounded more like: “You’re too heavy to be conventionally beautiful, but somehow you’re confident and popular in spite of that. Let’s discuss.”

While some might see this incident as a PR failure, it’s more a reflection of the fact that “full-figured” is simply too close to the word “fat”, which remains one of our most painful insults. The connection inspires moments of insecurity even for a successful and self-assured woman like Christina Hendricks. She doesn’t have a PR problem — curves do.

The AMC/Dish Network Kerfuffle gets Snarky

The ongoing dispute between AMC and Dish Network that resulted in Dish’s 14 million customers losing access to the home of “Mad Men“, “The Walking Dead” and “Breaking Bad” early this summer isn’t showing any signs of resolution. In fact, in the above PSA-style ad, AMC takes its side of the argument to next level, appealing to viewers not affected by the dispute in an apparent effort to gin up some positive PR.

It’s basically the snarky, for-profit equivalent of those familiar ads for holiday season charity efforts: “You know how much you love your Thanksgiving feast AMC shows? Well, many others, perhaps even some in your very own neighborhood, aren’t as fortunate. Please consider inviting them into your home to share your dinner ‘Breaking Bad.’”

The ad then points out that Dish customers are still paying the same price for their TV packages as they were before AMC was dropped.

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Dish Network Wants Glenn Beck to Punch Eliot Spitzer

Dish Network has gone all out in an effort to promote its new offerings to American cable cutters—and to distract the public from the ongoing PR problems stemming from its controversial “Auto-hop” commercial skipping technology and its and its decision to drop AMC.

Today in New York, Dish held a “news conference” that involved former New York governor/TV host Eliot Spitzer, pundit Glenn Beck and legendary boxing announcer Michael Buffer–and turned out to be a bizarre fake “fight” between the two TV personalities. Why did this happen? Because Spitzer hosts a show on Current TV, a channel carried by Dish–and the provider recently announced that it has given Beck a chance to turn his website, The Blaze, into an entire channel filled with original content (we assume there will be chalkboards).

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Free PR: ‘Breaking Bad’ Fan Art

We’ve heard about the power of digital fanfiction to elevate popular literary brands like Harry Potter, Twilight and 50 Shades of Grey. But what about fan art based 0n movies and shows?

AMC’s cult hit “Breaking Bad” has inspired its own ongoing art project called Breaking Gifs—and this week, the Los Angeles-based Gallery 1988 will feature a series of posters and other works by painters, print-makers and graphic designers who chose to pay visual homage to their favorite show. Check out some images here, here and here.

While the exhibit’s organizers did not appear to work with AMC in any official capacity, their event obviously provides a nice organic PR boost for the show, the gallery and all the artists involved. Members of the cast and crew–including show runner Vince Gilligan–even stopped by the exhibit on opening night to say hello—and why not? Everybody loves a little free PR.

P.S. Did we mention that we really love this show?

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‘Walking Dead’ Goes for Oversaturation Strategy

Say what you will about AMC’s zombie drama “The Walking Dead” (slow plotting, community theater-level acting, not enough gore, yada yada), but the show’s marketing team certainly knows its way around a creative promo. The Season 3 PR blitz started two weeks ago with this (inevitable?) video of oblivious New Yorkers alternately shocked and amused by the coming zombie-ocalypse:


And the fun continued last week with the release of the show’s official Facebook game: Read more

No Love Lost Between AMC, Dish Network

Dish Network goes full HeisenbergIf you’ve ever “liked” Mad Men, Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead or The Killing (yeah right), chances are you’ve received some version of the “Tell Dish Network to keep AMC!” message this summer.

That’s because Dish refused to agree to AMC’s supposedly unreasonable demands for a contract extension, effectively forcing a blackout of the channel and related properties (IFC, WE tv, Sundance Channel) for all subscribers. Note: AMC still claims that an unrelated lawsuit stretching way back to 2008 is the real culprit.

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AMC Selling Its Own Version of ‘Zou Bisou Bisou’

The words “Zou Bisou Bisou” are falling off of everyone’s lips and fingertips this morning following a rendition of the song on last night’s widely publicized season premiere of Mad Men. The title is trending on Twitter and a number of websites have done stories about the origins of the song and Megan/Jessica Paré’s rendition of it last night.

And AMC and Lionsgate Television Music, not missing a beat, released a digital version of the actress’ performance of the song on iTunes and has made a vinyl of the song available on the AMC website.

Before the season premiere, last week’s issue of Newsweek took on the Mad Men/1960s theme, adding to the news and pop culture reach of the show.

If you missed the performance last night, you can watch it here on Pinterest. (h/t @CaseeMarie) The original, in the clip above.

GetGlue’s Fan Base Loves Its Geek TV

A zombie from GetGlue fave "The Walking Dead"

Damn! Why didn’t I check in last night while I was watching that fascinating PBS show Nature: The Radioactive Wolves of Chernobyl?

It has come to the attention of television networks that social media tools like Twitter and GetGlue can really boost a program’s ratings. GetGlue, a New York-based social media site that allows users to check-in and connect in real time while consuming media, has more than one million users and has been a big factor in promotion.

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Zombies Attack a Few Days Early!

You thought the zombies would wait until Halloween? Silly living person. Zombies are attacking cities around the world starting tomorrow while you’re going home from work, as if your day isn’t hard enough.

They’re promoting AMC’s hotly-anticipated (by us) new show The Walking Dead, which premieres on Halloween at 10p.m. EST. AMC, the Mad Men channel, and Fox International Channels will unleash zombies in 26 cities around the world in the days leading up to the premiere. Zombies will be heading to places like the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City, the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C., Big Ben in London, and the Prado Museum in Madrid.

This picture is worth a thousand words, but if you want zombies in motion, click through for video.

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