DAVID BIANCULLI

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ERIC GOULD

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LINDA DONOVAN

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TOM BRINKMOELLER

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MONIQUE NAZARETH

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DAVID SICILIA

NOEL HOLSTON

JONATHAN STORM

 
 
 
 
 
2016
Dec
1
 
 
The first time I met Grant Tinker, on my wide-eyed first TV critics press tour way back in 1973, I wanted to be him. I mean, c'mon. He looked like the distinguished gentleman in the Hathaway shirt magazine ads and he was married to Mary Tyler Moore...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Sep
15
 
 

James Arness’s Gunsmoke marshal, Matt Dillon, made his first appearance on television in 1955. So did Hugh O’Brien’s dandified Wyatt Earp...But only one of these iconic TV characters’ chronological contemporaries is still with us and, amazingly, still getting work. That would be Kermit the Frog...

 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Sep
7
 
 
Almost 40 million people saw at least part of The Civil War when Ken Burns’ multipart documentary premiered in September 1990...It’s coming back Monday, September 7, for a special anniversary encore on PBS. Two things will be different...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Aug
21
 
 
Contrary to his atomic-fireball TV persona, the Morton Downey Jr. I knew was a pussycat. A pussycat o’nine tails sometimes, but a pussycat all the same...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Aug
10
 
 
Liberals who have American flags (a larger contingent than our more conservative fellow citizens typically acknowledge) are likely flying them at half-mast to mark the retirement from Comedy Central of Jon Stewart...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Feb
13
 
 
The news hit hard – and then the irony. Bob Simon, the decorated journalist and 60 Minutes mainstay, was dead, killed in an automobile crash Wednesday in New York City. Simon had survived as many war zones and hot spots in his 47-year career as any reporter alive...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Jan
16
 
 
Only a couple of artists can claim a PEGOT – Peabody, Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Aug
12
 
 
The apparent suicide of comedian/actor Robin Williams has affected people more personally than any celebrity death I can recall. A big part of that, no doubt, has to do with Williams’ ubiquity... But the strong reaction to Williams’ death also speaks to his warmth and vulnerability...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Jul
1
 
 
If Louie is unlike any TV series, ever, that’s not to say it’s the first series to toss one or more TV conventions to the winds, or to expand the boundaries. It has precedents in daring...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
May
30
 
 
Pivot, a cable and online network, will be televising a condensed, impressionistic version of the May 19 Peabody Awards ceremony on Sunday, June 1, at 9 p.m. ET, with online access the next day. Less will almost certainly be more...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

Noel Holston

Noel Holston wrote about TV, radio and popular culture for the Orlando Sentinel, Minneapolis Star Tribune and Newsday before going to grow wine bottles near Athens, GA.
 
 

Good news, TVWW readers: David’s new book from Doubleday, The Platinum Age of Television: From I Love Lucy to The Walking Dead, How TV Became Terrific is now avaialble on Amazon.

Doubleday says: “Darwin had his theory of evolution, and David Bianculli has his. Bianculli's theory has to do with the concept of quality television: what it is and, crucially, how it got that way."

"The Platinum Age of Television is an effusive guidebook that plots the path from the 1950s’ Golden Age to today’s era of quality TV. For instance, animation evolved from Rocky and His Friends to South Park; variety shows moved from The Ed Sullivan Show to Saturday Night Live; and family sitcoms grew from I Love Lucy to Modern Family. A high point is the author’s interviews with Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks, Norman Lear, Bob Newhart, Matt Groening, Larry David, Amy Schumer and many others...Bianculli has written a highly readable history." —The Washington Post

 
 

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