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2008
Jul
31
 
 
Yesterday I checked out, for the first time, the office I'll be using when I become a full-time college professor, teaching TV and film at Rowan University in New Jersey. It had enough room that I requested a media roller cart, so I could house my dad's first TV set there and do something I've wanted to do for 10 years as an adjunct professor...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2008
Jul
30
 
 
I try, I really do, to take a positive approach to TV criticism -- to get more joy from finding and celebrating the good than from gang-tackling and mutilating the bad. But sometimes, a show is so bad that its failure is, as Martha Stewart would say, is a good thing...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2008
Jul
29
 
 
Part of me wanted to say nothing, so you'd all think you'd gone mad... especially since, until and unless a few more bugs are worked out, it may be a one-time thing. But today, TV WORTH WATCHING finally implemented something my website designer worked up a few months ago...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2008
Jul
28
 
 
Just as in Vegas: you bet too often, you get too cocky, you lose big. Buoyed by my relatively accurate predictions for the opening-weekend box-office totals for the "Sex and the City" and "Get Smart" movies, I returned to the table to bet again, on the summer's third and final TV-to-film offering, "X-Files: I Want to Believe"...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2008
Jul
25
 
 
I hope Matthew Weiner, the passionate and innovative creator of AMC's Mad Men, won't take this the wrong way, but I've found errors in his fabulous period drama about Madison Avenue ad-agency employees in the early 1960s. Of course, to find them, I had to visit the set, poke around, and look closely. Very, VERY closely...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2008
Jul
23
 
 
Okay, gang. I've held dinky little contests to see which TV WORTH WATCHING reader comes closest to the opening-weekend box-office totals for the TV-to-movie versions of "Sex and the City" and "Get Smart." Now it's time for the third and final small-to-big-screen effort of the summer, and another guessing game -- this time with "The X-Files"...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2008
Jul
22
 
 
I'm back -- a little early since it ends today, but I'm back. Back from the latest Television Critics Association press tour, the highlight of which was the 24th (and, so far, best) TCA Awards show Saturday night. I'm a little fatigued, a little proud, and, since this most likely was my last time on press tour, a little nostalgic...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2008
Jul
20
 
 
Saturday night at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, the 24th Annual Television Critics Association awards were handed out in a memorable, enjoyable ceremony that isn't televised -- and is all the better, and rowdier, for it...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2008
Jul
18
 
 
Of all the news emanating from the Television Critics Association press tour after the Emmy nominations were announced and dissected, the nugget I found most interesting came from "Desperate Housewives" creator Marc Cherry, who admitted he got the idea for last May's season cliffhanger by watching another ABC show...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2008
Jul
17
 
 
Nominations for the 2008 Primetime Emmy Awards were announced this morning, and the verdicts are clear. AMC is latest cable-network darling to catch the eye of the voters, with "Mad Men" getting more than twice as many nominations as any other drama series, and with "Breaking Bad" being noticed, too...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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