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The Week That Was: Starring Mad Men and Etch-a-Sketches

A recap of the week's most relevant (and irrelevant) events

posted by Philip L. Levine, March 27, 2012 More by this author

Los Angeles–based Philip L. Levine has covered news, politics and popular culture for more than two decades.


Whitney Houston Death Related to Drugs Autopsy results indicated that the diva had cocaine in her system when she drowned in her hotel bathtub last month. In a related story, the world is round.

The Etch-a-Sketch Politician After a top Romney adviser said the campaign would "hit a reset button" if his candidate wins the nomination and likened it to "an Etch A Sketch — you can kind of shake it up, and we start all over again," neither Santorum nor Gingrich lost any time using that to deride their rival. There is no confirmation whether a shaken Mitt Romney will respond with a Silly Putty power point presentation.

Mike Tyson Takes On the Strip The 45-year-old former ear-biting “Baddest Man on the Planet” is premiering a sentimental, autobiographical one-man show at the MGM Grand. What’s next: Bin Laden, The Musical?

Ashton Kutcher to Go Into Space The ubiquitous television star is heading to the heavens after dropping $200,000 to be the 500th passenger on Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic commercial spacecraft. Demi thought she was catching a break, but apparently, there’s a re-entry strategy.

Madonna’s New Record Gets Rave Reviews The 53-year-old pop queen still reigns on the Top 40 charts after three decades. Most encouraging? This may distract her from moonlighting in the movies.

Mad Men Returns for Season Five
The celebrated retro-show returns for its fifth season on Sunday, leading one to wonder how they'll be able to keep it up. In other words, are there any women Don Draper hasn't slept with?

Rosie O’Donnell Turns 50 TV’s former Queen of Nice taped her final Oprah Winfrey Network show on her 50th birthday this week. Oprah celebrated the occasion by sacking her when Rosie brought in only about 130,000 viewers a day … while driving out about the same number of staff members with her charm. Ironically, that’s exactly how Barbara Walters celebrated Rosie’s 45th birthday.

Pink Slime Gets the Pink Slip Safeway, Supervalu and Food Lion all announced that they will no longer carry meat additives called pink slime. Now we’re hoping for an announcement explaining why in God’s name any store in the 21st-century Western world would ever have to make that kind of announcement.

Gene Simmons and Tommy Lee Slam Rihanna for Lip-Syncing
The head-banging ’70s Kiss front man slammed pop queen Rihanna for not being genuine in her live performances. “Hold up a sign that says, ‘I'm a karaoke singer,'" Simmons said. Fair point, but a better initiative might be to get him to stop singing.