I caught up on “Mad Men” today, and while the finale was a lot of fun, the seven-episode run we saw this spring left me longing for more, and not merely in the sense that I would like the back half of the season today. Given everything that has happened on the show this season, I wonder if “Mad Men” might have benefited from a longer episode order that would have given the show space to spend more time on Michael Ginsberg, Dawn Chambers and the long-suffering (and tormenting) Betty Draper. Which brings us to our question of the day: Have we gone too far in worshiping the short season of television?
-Ben Alpert takes a fascinating look at what film critics thought of as fascism in the 1970s.
-Kelly McBride reflects on the responsible ways to publish and contextualize Elliot Rodger’s manifesto and the writings of other mass killers.
-“Burgerchef isn’t a family table, a Carousel isn’t a time machine, and the little boy who watches TV in your living room isn’t your son.” On “Mad Men” and the false idol that is advertising. And James Poniewozik asks if the series could have a happy ending.
-Questlove wraps up his series about the state of hip-hop.
-The Television Critics Association, of which I am a member, has released our nominees for our awards, to be announced later this summer.
-Red Sox fandom + affection for Norman Rockwell = big money at auction.
-My colleague Andrea Peterson talks to Wil Wheaton about his new show and dealing with depression.
-Time and Sports Illustrated will start running advertising on the covers of their print editions.
–More information about “Inside Out,” the Pixar movie that will take us inside a little girl’s brain.
-Also, tidbits about the second season of “True Detective,” if you are still excited about that.