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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
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
22
 
 
When Tommy Smothers was given his honorary Emmy last night, in recognition of his having unduly removed himself from the list of winning writers on the final 1968-69 season of "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour," that was my favorite moment of the entire night...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2008
Sep
19
 
 
Changes to the voting procedures for the Emmy Awards, in both nominations and final tallies, have improved things by widening the field and reducing the rote reappearance of certain nominees. But problems remain, and so does the unpredictability...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2008
Sep
17
 
 
One of the best TV series on the air right now, one of the classic children's series of all time, and a super-obscure import from England all have been released on DVD -- and all three qualify as TV WORTH WATCHING...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2008
Sep
16
 
 
Tonight, as the Fox series "Fringe" settles into its regular time slot, TV gives us a way to enjoy three straight hours of gripping, unpredictable, quality television simply by making one channel change...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2008
Sep
15
 
 
Expectations for the 34th-season opener of NBC's "Saturday Night Live" were high, and the show delivered brilliantly. For five minutes. Once the opening sketch was over, SNL, for a variety of reasons, tanked more than it floated, and never again soared...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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