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Video: From Mad Men to The Good Wife, Bowdoin Hits Prime Time Twice in Two Weeks

Story posted October 20, 2009

For the second time in as many weeks, Bowdoin has been thrust into prime time — this time on the CBS legal drama The Good Wife.

In the opening scene of the October 20, 2009, episode titled "Crash," a character introduces new assistant Marnie Compton and includes among her credentials, "Bowdoin 2005, summa cum laude."

The Good Wife focuses on Julianna Marguiles who plays Alicia Florrick, the wife of a disgraced politician who returns to her old job as a defense attorney to rebuild her reputation and provide for her two children.

There is a Bowdoin presence behind the scenes, as well. Ivano Pulito '08, originally hired in June as an office production assistant for the series, now works as an accounting clerk for the show.

On October 11, the popular AMC series Mad Men featured a character wearing a Bowdoin T-shirt on the episode, "Wee Small Hours." Read more about the Mad Men appearance and watch a clip that includes the Bowdoin T-shirt scene.

The Good Wife airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. on CBS and can be seen locally on WGME (Channel 13).

Bowdoin on Book Store Shelves, Too

Best-selling author Richard Russo's latest novel, That Old Cape Magic (Knopf, 2009), about a professor's midlife crisis, includes passing mention of the College.

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On page seven, in describing the academic careers of the protagonist's professorial parents, Russo writes: "[T]hey'd each had opportunities — she at Amherst, he at Bowdoin — but never together."

Russo's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Empire Falls was made into an HBO film, parts of which were filmed at the College’s Breckinridge Public Affairs Center in York, Maine.

Read more about the Breckinridge Center's role in the filming of Empire Falls.

Watch the Empire Falls trailer.

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