DAVID BIANCULLI

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2012
Apr
21
 
 
With the hundreds of nature documentaries that have aired over the years, you start thinking there must be nothing left for us to see on this Big Blue Planet. But Frozen Planet is a project four years in the making, in extreme conditions...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Mar
26
 
 
When I first heard about Smash, the NBC drama that goes behind the scenes of a fictional Broadway musical, I figured it would be a lot like Glee. But it's not like Glee at all. In fact, it couldn't be any less like Glee if it tried...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Mar
14
 
 
After eight seasons of watching Kiefer Sutherland kick terrorist tush on 24, I wasn't sure I'd be able to see him as any other character. But after watching the pilot for "Touch" I'm not sure it's going to be a tough-guy role for him, but it's early in the game and anything could happen...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Feb
24
 
 
I've had a heck of a time lately writing about good TV shows for families, mainly because there are so few on the airwaves. So to restore my faith in TV's ability to produce true family series that everyone in the house can watch, let's reach back in time to highlight five that made the grade. Not only are these great shows for and about families, but they're also funny and well written. If they produced more shows like these right now, I bet people would watch. THE COSBY SHOW (Weeknights at
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Jan
2
 
 
It's that time of year again. The fall TV shows are wrapping up (those that survived past the first few episodes), and a brand new flock of midseason premieres are heading to our living rooms -- some are practically leaping off the screen...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2011
Nov
9
 
 
I shouldn't like FX's American Horror Story. It's weird and shocking and disturbing. It goes against everything I know is good and true from my Midwest Methodist upbringing. And yet, every time an episode screener arrives here from FX, I drop everything to go watch it, gluing myself to the TV in rapt horror...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2011
Oct
15
 
 
After some recent marathon TV-watching -- so I'd have something useful to say for the TVWW 2011 Fall Preview guide -- I was starting to think there just aren't any great shows anymore. And shows that families can watch together? Practically nonexistent...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2011
Sep
5
 
 
Screeners for the new fall TV shows have been rolling into Reel Life With Jane headquarters, and my family and I have been busily watching to see what's ahead. As is usually the case, some shows are godawful, some are mediocre, and some have us wishing we could jump right into the next episode...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2011
Jul
2
 
 
Summer means sunny days on the beach, excursions to the Cherry Bowl Drive-In, and, of course, plenty of TV time! Sometimes we'll check out new shows, but more often than not, we're watching new seasons of old favorites. Here's a look at five shows we're watching this summer...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2011
Jun
5
 
 
Hormonal teens, mysterious creatures, cops with flashlights -- no, it's not a show on The CW. It's Teen Wolf, MTV's new show based loosely on the 1985 movie starring Michael J. Fox. It premieres Sunday at 11 p.m. ET immediately following the MTV Movie Awards, then moves to its regular time slot this Monday at 10 p.m. ET...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

Jane Boursaw

Jane Boursaw's love of TV goes back to the 1960s when she watched Charlie, the Lonesome Cougar on The Wonderful World of Disney with her family every Sunday night. After school, she'd race home, grab some Pop Tarts, and watch That Girl, The Monkees, and Gomer Pyle on her brother's little TV in his room. The Galloping Gourmet and The Mike Douglas Show were on the opposite channel. (Yes, there were only two channels at the time.)

These days, with two teenagers and a history buff husband in the house, Boursaw viewing habits range far and wide -- The Vampire Diaries, Lost in Space, The Office, Conan, Pawn Stars.

Jane's syndicated family movie and TV reviews, based at Reel Life With Jane, are presented to 20 million readers monthly in print and online publications (find out how to include them here). She's a member of the Television Critics Association, and her work has also appeared in Variety, Family Circle, The New York Times, Parade and other publications.

 
 

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.

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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