DAVID BIANCULLI

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2008
Dec
26
 
 
Before giving my list of the Top 10 TV shows of 2008, I'm asking for yours. The readers of this website are so discerning and tasteful (you're here, aren't you?), I thought it would be fun, maybe even enlightening, to ask for YOUR Top 10 lists...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2008
Dec
24
 
 
Sometimes I provide TV reviews for "NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross." Sometimes I guest host. And very rarely, I get to do something that's an awful lot of fun: Have an on-air conversation with Terry herself. On today's Fresh Air, Terry and I talk about the year in TV. There's a lot to talk about, and it takes up most of the hour...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2008
Dec
22
 
 
Last year, the writers' strike put a Scrooge-like end to David Letterman's annual late-night Christmas show. Tuesday night at 11:35 ET, on a fresh edition of "Late Show with David Letterman," it's back. Darlene Love will sing, Jay Thomas will tell his Lone Ranger story, and Jay and Dave will toss footballs at the giant meatball atop the tree. And I'll be watching, and grinning...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2008
Dec
19
 
 
This is the last weekend before Christmas -- so it's the last chance, here at TV WORTH WATCHING, for us to trumpet our easy shopping lists of great DVDs, holiday-related and otherwise. Find the dogs with the Santa hats on the home page, click, and shop. There's still time to have them rush delivered in time for the holiday. (The gifts, not the dogs). And here's my foolproof, last-second, under-$10 recommendation for the perfect DVD gift...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2008
Dec
18
 
 
Tonight at 8 ET, after a run of summer specials, CBS launches "Million Dollar Password" as a weekly series. Because of the way the show is revamped, and what it means for TV in the future, the password is... "Unfortunate"...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2008
Dec
16
 
 
Here's what NBC executive Jeff Zucker told "Broadcasting & Cable's" Ben Grossman recently, defending the decision to program a Jay Leno talk show weeknights at 10 p.m. ET next year. The reduced number of available hours in prime time, he said, would make competition tougher, and, by inference, the programs better...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2008
Dec
11
 
 
First the FX drama "The Shield" ended, perfectly. Then, two weeks later, the ABC comedy-drama "Boston Legal" ended, perfectly. And that same day, NBC announced, far from perfectly, it would replace all weekday 10 p.m. ET programming with a new Jay Leno talk show...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2008
Dec
10
 
 
Now that Jay Leno has landed -- and landed at a surprising place, in prime time on NBC -- the other players in the late-night wars of 2008-09 can begin planning their moves...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2008
Dec
9
 
 
I had intended to devote today's column to ABC's "Boston Legal" finale (thoroughly delightful), then to Craig Ferguson's remembrance of his mother on CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (touchingly emotional). Both deserve fuller attention...But today's breaking-news topic, trumping the others, is NBC's reported decision to turn over its 10 p.m. hour each weeknight next fall to a new talk show hosted by Jay Leno.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2008
Dec
8
 
 
December 8, 2008 9:21 AM ABC's Boston Legal, one of the braver and more delightful TV series of the past five years, ends tonight, with a two-hour episode that concludes with one last scene on the balcony. And that's only fitting, since this David E. Kelley series has done more for the balcony scene than any drama since Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet... Last week's episode had Carl, the attorney played by John Larroquette, complaining that there was nothing on TV worth watching, especially
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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