DAVID BIANCULLI

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2008
Nov
27
 
 
The original plan today was to review last night's Rosie Live!, Rosie O'Donnell's attempt to revive the variety-show format on NBC. But since today is Thanksgiving, and the show was such a turkey, TV Worth Watching has decided to spare it...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2008
Nov
26
 
 
Tonight at 8 ET, in a very rare attempt to revive the TV variety show format, Rosie O'Donnell is hosting a one-hour live special on NBC, smack in the middle of prime time. I concur completely with her passion that this is a genre worth reviving -- but I doubt whether Rosie, despite her enthusiasm and clout, is the person to do it...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2008
Nov
25
 
 
The FX series The "Shield" shook up viewers, and all of TV, when it burst onto the scene in 2002 -- with the show's purported hero, Michael Chiklis' rogue cop Vic Mackey, knowingly and ruthlessly killing an undercover officer...six years later, the show goes out the way it goes in -- with a killer episode...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2008
Nov
24
 
 
Last night the broadcast networks presented one of their biggest guns of the November ratings sweep: Fox's two-hour telemovie, "24: Redemption." But over on cable, some of the regular weekly offerings were even more satisfying -- including the season finales of HBO's "True Blood" and "Entourage"...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2008
Nov
21
 
 
"Pushing Daisies," the best new series ABC has presented in two years, has been cut down by the network. Obviously, and stupidly, ABC loves it not...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2008
Nov
20
 
 
Last night's episode of ABC's superbly sublime "Pushing Daisies" tied, in the preliminary ratings, with NBC's supremely stupid "Knight Rider." Not good. For Daisies, it was a series low in terms of viewers, but close to a series high in terms of writing and acting...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2008
Nov
19
 
 
The latest episode of ABC's "Pushing Daisies" airs tonight at 8 ET, and its fate may be determined by the number of viewers who tune in. So please, please watch -- but shame on ABC for not supporting and nurturing this excellent series more lovingly...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2008
Nov
17
 
 
Most TV ads are eminently, instantly forgettable, but once in a while, one appears that's either really good or really bad. On television right now, there are stellar examples of both...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2008
Nov
14
 
 
There isn't much to look forward to in this very weak November sweeps month, but here comes something great: The new HBO standup special, "Ricky Gervais: Out of England"...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2008
Nov
13
 
 
How low will NBC stoop in its enthusiasm for in-program scripted product placement? As low as "Knight Rider" and its ubiquitous Mustang, we all know that. But last week on "My Name Is Earl," NBC sank even deeper into the bottom of the barrel...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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