Your predictions for the ''Mad Men'' finale, disappointment that ''The Closer'' is coming to an end, and more
Thanks to costume designer Janie Bryant , Hamm's '60s ad man single-handedly revived an interest in the classic two-button suit.
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Vampires Don’t Suck
I am writing my annual email in appreciation of the True Blood covers and article. Alexander Skarsgård (Eric) is my favorite cover, but to see 10 more True Blood actors is beyond fabulous — the covers represent the characters so well. EW, you are partly to thank for my True Blood obsession. Since June 10 was Maker’s Day, a day when HBO asked us to thank our Makers, please consider yourself sincerely thanked.
Jody Kanner

Moundsville, W.Va.

Coming to a Close
As Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson would say, ”Thank you so much” for your big reveal that she doesn’t die in the series finale of The Closer (”10 More Hot Shows”). Though her methods are questionable, the chocoholic with the God complex is the quintessential strong female lead.
Olivia Kuntz

Las Vegas

Don’t Mess With Texas

I’m looking forward to the new Dallas more than I ever expected to. When I opened to the spread with J.R., Bobby, Miss Ellie, and everyone else, I felt like a kid getting a present. Talk about nostalgic! The sun, the heat, that house, those sexy Texas drawls…damn! I just hope the young ‘uns will be as devious, lusty, and scheming as their folks.

April Tavener

London, Ontario

Matters of the Heart
I was delighted to see your piece on two new books influenced by Edith Wharton (Books). My own favorite Wharton-influenced novel (based on The House of Mirth) is Jyotsna Sreenivasan’s And Laughter Fell From the Sky, about a young Indian-American woman torn between pleasing her parents and following her heart. It is simply brilliant.
Diane LaRue<

New York City

Proud Papa
I teared up reading Casey Wilson‘s ”Father Knows Zest” (Guest Column). I now understand where she gets her enthusiasm from. She is lucky to have such a great cheerleader in her life, and her dad is lucky to know how much she appreciates him.
Laurie Isakov

Southampton, Pa.

Host With the Most

Richard Dawson was the best host of a game show since Groucho Marx (Monitor). With wit and a constant twinkle in his eye, he brought fun to an otherwise banal guessing game.

Mel Maurer

Westlake, Ohio


Contrary to what we said in our DVD review of Red Scorpion, M. Emmet Walsh (Blood Simple, Blade Runner) is alive and well — and working. Next up, he will portray Patty’s father in the final season of Damages. EW regrets the error.

Predicting Mad Men‘s Finale

The end isn’t quite nigh for Mad Men, which just closed out its fifth season, but we can still speculate about its last hurrah. Spurred by Owen Gleiberman’s online musings, readers make their best guesses.

Maybe the final image is of the back of Peggy’s head, as she sits on the couch, smoking a Virginia Slims — the mirror image of what we see at the end of every opening credits with Don on the couch. —RHR

Don excels at reinventing himself. The ending might involve a big downfall for the agency. So the final shot is of Don walking into a big crowd, off to start over again. —Guest

Don has always had an affinity for California. I think he will retire there and finally live a peaceful life, his dual personae of Don and Dick merged at last. —Chelle1491

Peggy can serve as a trailblazer for Sally as well as a symbol of the rise of professional women. The show does not need to leap ahead with an older, future Sally, just leave her story on a very positive and hopeful note. —Shannon

Joan was born to be the boss, and if Don ever does work for a woman, it will probably be her. The true dinosaurs are Roger Sterling and Bert Cooper, and the unshackling of women in the 1970s is going to really leave them in the cold. —Satan

It would be entertaining if Pete wound up asking Peggy for a job. —Phillip Collector

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Thanks to costume designer Janie Bryant , Hamm's '60s ad man single-handedly revived an interest in the classic two-button suit.
Mad Men

Jon Hamm stars as Don Draper in the Emmy-winning ’60s-set drama

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