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Rachel Maddow's Crystal Ball
November 18, 2015  | By Jonathan Storm
 

People waking up Wednesday morning to news that police had raided an apartment in the Paris suburbs, and killed two terrorists, were perhaps not surprised, if they had seen this Monday night introduction to MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Show. In the nearly 15-minute-long clip, Maddow delivers a detailed and stunning report of the link between the alleged mastermind of Friday’s Paris attacks and a nearly year-long series of terror incidents in France and Belgium. Abdelhamid Abaaoud, Maddow says, was “pinging like the sunrise” on security radar, and on Wednesday, police in Saint Denis came upon a hornets nest while pursuing him. The reporting is not original; the dot-connecting is, and it reflects the long-form journalistic possibilities, sadly rarely demonstrated, of cable news. —Jonathan Storm

 
 
 
 
 
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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 under $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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