DAVID BIANCULLI

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2009
Jan
30
 
 
Hoping to cash in on Sunday's Super Bowl audience and momentum, NBC is employing one trick after another. One trick is presenting a special one-hour edition of "The Office" after the Super Bowl post-game show, and the other is promoting and presenting a special 3-D episode of "Chuck" on Monday...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2009
Jan
29
 
 
Wednesday's prime-time edition of "The CBS Evening News with Katie Couric" was the first volley in a three-part prime-time salvo aimed at heightening her profile in the next 10 days. Next Wednesday, she hosts a special prime-time interview special keyed to the Grammys. Then, a week from Sunday on "60 Minutes"...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2009
Jan
29
 
 
Great price on Amazon's deal of the day -- Don Adams' 1960s spy spoof Get Smart, an enduring comic treat from writers Mel Brooks (pre-feature films) and Buck Henry (pre-Saturday Night Live), with mod icon Barbara Feldon playing savvy Agent 99 to Adams' silly Agent 86...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2009
Jan
28
 
 
If you haven't seen Elvis Costello's smart Sundance Channel interview/ performance series Spectacle, here's a great chance to catch up...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2009
Jan
28
 
 
Tonight at 8 ET, in what's called a one-night experiment, "The CBS Evening News" with Katie Couric is presenting a special prime-time edition. What's wrong with that? Not much... but there is something...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2009
Jan
26
 
 
TNT's newest series, "Trust Me," premieres tonight at 10 ET. It's set in the world of advertising, and thus, in theory, aspires to be a modern "Mad Men" or an updated "thirtysomething." In practice, though, it's more like another "Knight Rider"...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2009
Jan
23
 
 
Today I have a question to ask, as well as one to answer. The one to ask concerns Fox's House -- and the one I've been dared to answer involves something that happened to me on press tour some, sigh, 30 years ago. And I've decided, in this instance, it's high time to come clean...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2009
Jan
23
 
 
Conan O'Brien is the latest James Lipton interviewee/victim on Inside the Actors Studio on Bravo...But not before Lipton grills/sucks up to a whole bunch of other funny folks in a Monday daytime marathon...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2009
Jan
22
 
 
Sorry for the late heads-up, but I just noticed Chiller is airing Adrian Pasdar's entire kinky Profit series Friday...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2009
Jan
22
 
 
ER doesn't often intersect with Monty Python, but a strange connection came to me watching last Thursday's fresh NBC episode. Like the guy being dragged off by the plague corpse collectors in Monty Python and the Holy Grail, this hospital drama is "not dead yet"...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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