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2008
Mar
31
 
 
Last night's Davidson-Kansas game was a down-to-the-buzzer thriller, and I wish Davidson had won. As it is, though, Kansas' victory means that all four regional #1 seeds made it to the Final Four. That's unprecedented -- and it makes for the prospect of some more terrific television...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2008
Mar
28
 
 
Last year was an image-changing year for the Showtime cable network in its battle to emerge from the shadow of HBO. "Dexter," more brilliant than ever. "Californication," audaciously enjoyable. "Meadowlands," quirky and unpredictable. "Weeds," always a delight, with its best guest-star list ever...And, oh yes, "The Tudors"...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2008
Mar
27
 
 
Here's an exclusive I'm very pleased to report: NBC's "Friday Night Lights" will, indeed, be returning for a third season, according to series star Kyle Chandler...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2008
Mar
26
 
 
When HBO's "In Treatment" began nine weeks ago, it established its unorthodox dramatic structure instantly: Gabriel Byrne would play a therapist, Paul, who each weekday would take part in a different scheduled session...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2008
Mar
25
 
 
PBS offers a fabulous documentary tonight, the conclusion of its thorough two-part "Frontline" examination of "Bush's War." HBO offers a fabulous documentary tonight, too, an inspiring special called "Autism: The Musical"...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2008
Mar
24
 
 
As the first step in her career reclamation attempt, troubled pop star Britney Spears goes the sitcom route. She appears tonight (8:30 p.m. ET) in a guest spot on the CBS comedy "How I Met Your Mother"...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2008
Mar
21
 
 
After six seasons, "American Idol" finally got rights to the John Lennon-Paul McCartney catalog and did a theme night, then returned a week later with George Harrison's songs added to the mix as well. Given such an amazingly deep and rich resource, how could the contestants and the show fail? Yet they did. Big time...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2008
Mar
20
 
 
If March Madness is an annual illness, TV, satellite and computer technology have combined to make it a pop-culture pandemic. There are 64 games in the NCAA men's basketball brackets -- and if you subscribe to the right cable or satellite system, purchase the right package, or have signed up for a free VIP pass to watch streaming video on your computer at home or (gasp!) at work, it's all available...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2008
Mar
19
 
 
I'm so grateful, truly, for every single one of you who takes the time to visit this site, that I want to apologize for the delays in making TV WORTH WATCHING every bit as dynamic and interactive as originally envisioned. But we're getting there... or, at least, getting closer...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2008
Mar
18
 
 
The FX drama series "The Riches," about husband-and-wife con-artist gypsies who steal the identities of a well-to-do dead couple, returns for its second season tonight at 10 ET. It's a wonderful series, but it made me wonder: When, exactly, did we start rooting for the gypsies, tramps and thieves in our weekly TV dramas?...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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