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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
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
22
 
 
Tuning in to the two-hour season premiere of ABC's "Lost," I did something I haven't done with a commercial broadcast TV drama all year. I stopped everything else I was doing, leaned forward excitedly, and watched. If broadcast television has a future, the future is "Lost." And shows like it...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2009
Jan
20
 
 
Purely by coincidence, the opening-day class of my Tuesday "TV History & Appreciation 2" class at Rowan University began at 10:50 a.m. -- the perfect time of day to make Barack Obama's inauguration part of the curriculum. How cool...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2009
Jan
19
 
 
Today, Jan. 20, 2009, President-Elect Barack Obama becomes President Obama, the 44th President of the United States. It's THE show to watch today, wherever you decide to watch it. Let me know where you watched, and what you thought and felt, and I'll do the same...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2009
Jan
16
 
 
What a Sunday. In the afternoon, and again in the evening, different factions of TV are vying for our attention, serving up powerhouse lineups that exemplify TV Worth Watching. It's a day made for VCRs, DVRs, picture-in-picture TVs, and rapid-fire channel-flipping...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2009
Jan
15
 
 
Patrick McGoohan's death at age 80 this week, announced Tuesday, was a sad event -- made sadder by the realization that, in the media world of 2009, few editors and opinion-makers seemed to know or care who he was and what he contributed to TV alone...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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