Mad Men may be off the air, but the men and women of Boardwalk Empire are picking up its slack when it comes to onscreen boozing. This TV season has already seen drunken dates, drunken texts, and beautifully wrought drunken forgiveness. The suburbanites on Cougar Town down a few bottles of wine each episode—as do the Real Housewives of Atlanta. To determine this week’s drunkest shows on TV, we’ve tallied up the intake on select dramas, sitcoms, and reality shows. How do Kathie Lee, Gossip Girl guest Ivanka Trump, and the husbands on The A-List: New York compare? View the surprising results to find out.
A New Horror Series for Halloween
AMC has hit it big—again—with terrifically scary The Walking Dead, cementing its status as TV’s hottest network. Joining a roster containing Mad Men, Rubicon, and Breaking Bad, this new zombie series falls in line with the network’s push to create premium television on basic cable. The Daily Beast’s Jace Lacob spoke to the channel’s top executives about its jump from 10 million homes in 2006 to the 96 million people it reaches now. The Walking Dead, based on the comic book by Robert Kirkman, might not challenge the ‘60s-set drama for an Emmy this year, but its debut on Halloween is wonderfully appropriate—and just one reason to stay indoors.
A Wild Literary Heiress
What do you do when your mother is a famous heiress and your father might be Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Robert Lowell, Bob Silvers, or some other literary icon? If you’re Ivana Lowell, you write a revealing memoir. Claire Howorth spoke to Lowell about her book Why Not Say What Happened? and her grand and odd upbringing as the daughter of Lady Caroline Blackwood, the famed heiress to the Guinness fortune. Considering her genetic and sociological predisposition to good writing, it’s not surprising that Lowell has executed an impeccable memoir, writes Howorth. For stories about a childhood disaster that scarred her for life and Harvey Weinstein bribing her doorman, pick up the book, in stores now.