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2008
Sep
30
 
 
Turner Classic Movies comes through. TCM just announced a 24-hour Paul Newman marathonfor Sunday, Oct. 12 -- awhile to wait, but then we get 11 straight Newman films, including some not often seen...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2008
Sep
29
 
 
Sorry, TV Land. It's over between you and me. And that's sad, because I loved you like mad when you launched in 1996, suffused in affection for Our TV Heritage...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2008
Sep
29
 
 
The trajectory of Sarah Palin has been both accelerated and extreme. When she steps to the podium Thursday to debate Joe Biden, it'll be only a month since she was introduced to the nation... Since then, her political stock has risen and fallen with a rapidity that makes Wall Street look stable...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2008
Sep
28
 
 
Paul Newman may have died Friday, but his performances will live on via TV and DVD for decades to come. The first thing we did upon hearing of his passing was check the movie listings for Newman titles scheduled to air...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2008
Sep
26
 
 
Showtime's "Dexter" series, starring Michael C. Hall as a serial killer who targets and kills other serial killers, begins its third season Sunday night at 9 ET. Please seek it out, and dive in...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2008
Sep
25
 
 
Yesterday Republican presidential nominee John McCain not only announced he was temporarily suspending his campaign in order to return to Washington and focus on the financial crisis, but he backed out, at the very last minute, of a scheduled appearance on Wednesday's "Late Show with David Letterman" on CBS...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2008
Sep
24
 
 
If the broadcast networks are hoping to get us excited that they're back with new shows and fresh episodes of old ones, tonight's lineup isn't exactly an enticing pile of bait...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2008
Sep
23
 
 
Two new series premiere tonight: "The Mentalist" on CBS, which is okay, and "Opportunity Knocks" on ABC, which I'll see tonight for the first time as it airs nationwide...But there's an additional option: the first two-hour chunk of a five-hour, three-night PBS "American Masters" documentary on the history of Warner Bros...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2008
Sep
23
 
 
He or she or -- ? Gender-benders fill Tuesday night on Turner Classic Movies with masquerades, impersonations and serious/silly sexual confusion...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2008
Sep
22
 
 
In case you missed last night's Emmy Awards -- and really, the final game at Yankee Stadium on ESPN was a much more exciting place to be -- ABC.com has a clip of key acceptance speeches on its Emmys web page...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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