DAVID BIANCULLI

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TOM BRINKMOELLER

GERALD JORDAN

MONIQUE NAZARETH

CANDACE KELLEY

GABRIELA TAMARIZ

DAVID SICILIA

NOEL HOLSTON

JONATHAN STORM

 
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2009
Dec
19
 
 
[Bianculli here: Contributing writer Tom Brinkmoeller's specialty is finding, enjoying, and finding out more about shows on the fringes, especially on public television. In his latest column, he presents two more, both of which sound delicious...]
 
 
 
  
 
 
2009
Nov
24
 
 
[Bianculli here: Pledge periods for PBS stations are notorious for bait-and-switch tactics, but sometimes some very valuable fish can be found among the bait. Contributing writer Tom Brinkmoeller writes about one such public TV special, but using much better metaphors...]
 
 
 
  
 
 
2009
Nov
5
 
 
[Bianculli here: Last year, I interviewed cooking author and columnist Mark Bittman for Fresh Air...Today, contributing TV WORTHWATCHING writer Tom Brinkmoeller revisits him. I asked about steaks; Tom asks about podcasts and television. Showoff...]
 
 
 
  
 
 
2009
Oct
23
 
 
[Bianculli here: This weekend, contributing writer Tom Brinkmoeller tracks down the executive producer of the long-running PBS series "Nature," to explain the birds and the bees. Or, at least, the bees and the stallions...]
 
 
 
  
 
 
2009
Oct
15
 
 
[Bianculli here: Contributing writer Tom Brinkmoeller delights in unearthing TV treasures from the remote spectrum of broadcast TV. This time he's outdone himself, and champions a show I've never even HEARD of, much less seen...]
 
 
 
  
 
 
2009
Sep
23
 
 
[Bianculli here: Once again, I'd like to encourage you to click on the Fall TV Preview banner above the Best Bets and check out TV WORTH WATCHING's constantly updated analysis of the new fall shows. And today, keep reading to check out contributing columnist Tom Brinkmoeller's advice about taking advice, at least from critics...]
 
 
 
  
 
 
2009
Sep
17
 
 
[Bianculli here: With the new fall TV season about to arrive, contributing columnist Tom Brinkmoeller checks out the revamp of a website devoted to old TV, and the preservation of its oral history. Warning: The site, like the columnist, may prove addictive...]
 
 
 
  
 
 
2009
Aug
31
 
 
[Bianculli here: Finding quality TV shows can be tough enough. Showing your support for them, even when they're on public television, can be even trickier, as contributing critic Tom Brinkmoeller reports today, using two current series to make his point...]
 
 
 
  
 
 
2009
Aug
27
 
 
[Bianculli here: We here at TV WORTH WATCHING are gearing up for the fall TV season, and wrestling with a site relaunch that may or may not be done in time. Meanwhile, asked to start perusing the new fall fare in advance, one of our contributing critics had an identity-crisis epiphany...]
 
 
 
  
 
 
2009
Aug
17
 
 
[Bianculli here: The best TV comedy and drama series benefit from synergy, when their casts feature actors who are strong individually and superb collectively. Contributing critic Tom Brinkmoeller wonders why some of those actors never get lightning to strike twice...]
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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. (Paperback will be available September 5th, here.)

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

 
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