DAVID BIANCULLI

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TVWW critic David Hinckley reports that the most poignant highlight of this year’s annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony special will be a clip of the late Prince from his own 2004 Hall of Fame induction...
 
 
 
  
 
 
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Actor Bill Murray is widely known for his love of poetry. Here he visits Jimmy Kimmel Live to read "What the Mirror Said" by African American poet Lucille Clifton...
 
 
 
  
 
 
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The comedian's death at age 66 generated many testimonials of praise. One of the best was from fan Lawrence O'Donnell of MSNBC...
 
 
 
  
 
 
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Stephen says the lyrics to the classic Irish weeper are just too depressing...
 
 
 
  
 
 
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Here is a controversial and moving short film, The Present, that has been around since 2014, but quietly keeps winning awards...
 
 
 
  
 
 
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Out for a drive, Late Night comic James Corden spots Chris Martin looking for a ride to San Francisco to perform with Coldplay in the Super Bowl 50 halftime show...
 
 
 
  
 
 
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"Stephen the Person" talks philosophy with  Kermit the Frog, and together they challenge some age old questions about free will, why cross the road, the dangers of biology classes, the importance of pants with pockets...
 
 
 
  
 
 
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In politics, a man who changes political positions to match the prevailing mood is labeled a flip-flopper...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

Jim Davis

After a brief teaching career at Kansas State University, the University of Nebraska and California State University, Long Beach, Jim Davis joined the Philadelphia Inquirer in 1974 as deputy national and foreign editor. From 1980-92, he was assistant managing editor, features. From 1992-2005 Jim was television editor for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and was also a consultant for TV programming guides for a number of newspapers, including The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times.   

 
 

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 available on Amazon for $20. (Paperback will be available September 5th, here.)

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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