DAVID BIANCULLI

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JONATHAN STORM

 
 
2008
Oct
31
 
 
"Five more days," Jon Stewart said Thursday on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" with Jon Stewart. holding up his outstretched fingers. He was counting down to Election Day -- but it's also a countdown to the end of Stewart's astoundingly funny, incisive, important coverage of this marathon political campaign...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2008
Oct
30
 
 
Is NBC's "30 Rock" the "Cheers" of the 21st century -- or "The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd?" We'll find out tonight...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2008
Oct
29
 
 
After a full season of major league baseball, and more than a year of presidential campaigning, the end is in sight for all the players -- and even at this late date, the outcome is in doubt and each move is critical...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2008
Oct
28
 
 
Suspending Game 5 of the World Series last night may have been a logistical nightmare -- but resuming it is likely to be even trickier...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2008
Oct
27
 
 
Sunday night, actor Jon Hamm delivered another expected performance of excellence in the second-season finale of AMC's "Mad Men." But the night before, as guest host of NBC's "Saturday Night Live," his excellence as a comic actor was much more of a surprise. And a delightful one...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2008
Oct
24
 
 
It's a great weekend for "Mad Men" fans. First, Jon Hamm, the talented star of that show, is the guest host of this week's new edition of NBC's "Saturday Night Live." Then, on Sunday, AMC presents the second-season "Mad Men" finale...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2008
Oct
23
 
 
Tonight at 9:30 ET on NBC is the third and final Thursday prime-time special edition of "Saturday Night Live's" "Weekend Update." Next week, Tina Fey's "30 Rock" returns to the schedule, reclaiming its old time slot with its third-season premiere...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2008
Oct
22
 
 
Let us pray... for ABC's "Pushing Daisies." Last year, it was the best new show of the season -- but it was a short season because of the strike, and ABC opted to stockpile episodes and return this fall rather than resume last spring. Big mistake...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2008
Oct
20
 
 
In the short window of opportunity between last Wednesday's final presidential debate and Nov. 4's Election Day, there are only two arenas for the candidates to visit in hopes of reaching sizable national audiences and winning their votes...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2008
Oct
17
 
 
John McCain showed up on Letterman's CBS show Thursday, and was lampooned in prime time on NBC's "SNL Weekend Update" Thursday the same night. Also, new TV versions of the movie "Crash" and the novel "Robinson Crusoe" are unveiled this weekend. Let's get right to them...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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