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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
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
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
22
 
 
David's blog about bringing advertising from network shows to TVWW pages elicited a spirited discussion about impartiality, integrity and for-profit journalism. One reader wrote to David: "You have an amazing amount of credibility. I and, I assume all of your other readers, trust you very much to remain unbiased in your reviews." Another wrote: "Ever since I started reading your blog (after hearing you several times on "Fresh Air"), it has become one I check daily for recommendations on what to watch..."
 
 
 
  
 
 
2008
Jun
20
 
 
Yesterday, I told you what I think of the new movie remake of the classic "Get Smart" spy spoof TV series. Now, because I'm really curious about how it will play with audiences, I'd like to know what YOU think...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2008
Jun
19
 
 
There are moments of the new "Get Smart" movie, which opens tonight at midnight, that are truly funny -- a sight gag here, a sly reference there, a perfectly delivered line of dialogue over there. And just before it ends, there's a cameo appearance that absolutely screams for a sequel...But in the end...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2008
Jun
17
 
 
Showtime's cable and satellite network reaches about 15 million subscribers, which means the vast majority of America hasn't seen its programming firsthand. That's why secondhand, which means DVD releases, is so meaningful -- and why today's DVD release of the first season of" Californication" is such good news.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2008
Jun
16
 
 
From morning until midnight, broadcast TV yesterday provided one memorable, riveting Father's Day offering after another. Tim Russert, saluted on "Meet the Press"...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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