DAVID BIANCULLI

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2008
Jun
30
 
 
One minute after midnight tonight, the contract expires between the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP). There's no imminent strike threat, but bottom line: There could be a strike two, another crippling Hollywood work stoppage in the same 12-month period...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2008
Jun
30
 
 
It's great enough seeing a prime-time screening of the 1940 Cary Grant-Rosalind Russell screwball delight His Girl Friday. But this zippy newspaper tale/knockabout romance is only the first of 36 Russell films airing Wednesdays throughout July in TCM's Star of the Month salute...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2008
Jun
27
 
 
Tonight's TV choices include several last-minute prime-time additions, programmed by their respective networks to honor recently deceased stars. Turner Classic Movies presents three movies by Cyd Charisse, and Home Box Office repeats George Carlin's final standup comedy special. These are very welcome moves, and ones from which other networks could learn a valuable lesson...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2008
Jun
26
 
 
There are other places today where I'm talking excitedly and approvingly about "Hopkins," the new six-part ABC documentary series premiering tonight at 10 ET. ...But here, I want to rave a little more, for a few other reasons...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2008
Jun
26
 
 
While everybody's tributes to the influential comic who died last weekend mentioned his "seven dirty words" (including mine), most of us forgot about a different side of this "adult" performer...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2008
Jun
25
 
 
Give me 55,000 cans of beer and I'm there. That's what's promised by the premiere of Hillbilly Deluxe, a look at the dee-lux lifestyles of rich and famous hicks...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2008
Jun
25
 
 
"Wipeout" and "I Survived a Japanese Game Show," ABC's new series premiering last night, weren't sent out in advance for critics to preview -- no doubt because ABC figured there was little point. And yes, "Wipeout" was even more horrendous and repulsive than expected -- but "I Survived a Japanese Game Show" -- and I'm as shocked to write this...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2008
Jun
24
 
 
First things first. I'm absolutely blown away by the thoughtfulness, support and incredibly high caliber of writing in your emails to me about my website advertising dilemma. Anyone reading your comments to yesterday's blog should be convinced, beyond any doubt, what a smart and discerning bunch of people are visiting this website...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2008
Jun
23
 
 
I could joke that those are the seven right there. (And they're not even dirty!) But why should somebody like me try joking while invoking one of the smartest comic minds (and mouths) of all time?...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2008
Jun
23
 
 
That's not Rod, either. It's Jon...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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