DAVID BIANCULLI

Founder / Editor

ERIC GOULD

Associate Editor

LINDA DONOVAN

Assistant Editor

KARLE DUNBAR

Social Media Manager

Contributors

ALEX STRACHAN

TOM BRINKMOELLER

GERALD JORDAN

MONIQUE NAZARETH

CANDACE KELLEY

GABRIELA TAMARIZ

DAVID SICILIA

NOEL HOLSTON

JONATHAN STORM

 
 
2009
Oct
29
 
 
The hockey fanatic in me can't let this one pass without promotion. Sunday marks the 50th anniversary of hall-of-famer Jacques Plante donning the first true goalie mask in an NHL game...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2009
Oct
29
 
 
Fright flicks are all over the place Friday and Saturday, in places you'd expect (TCM, AMC) and places you wouldn't (like PBS stations). Choices run the gamut from classic Boris Karloff to blaxploitation's Blacula to Troma's Toxic Avenger...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2009
Oct
26
 
 
Are you having a laugh? You certainly should when Ricky Gervais hosts January's freewheeling Golden Globe Awards ceremony on NBC...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2009
Oct
26
 
 
The Best Bets will continue daily, but I'm taking a few days from writing a blog because I just can't stand it any more. Not the blogging -- the mess. My basement office, and everything in it, desperately needs some attention...
 
 
 
  
 
 
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
23
 
 
They're sucking all the fun out of TV. "They" would be the grim reapers of time and evolution. While the latter agent of change seems intent on making TV as grim and/or convoluted as possible...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2009
Oct
21
 
 
A friend called Monday night, knowing I was a big Phillies fan, to share in the joy of Philadelphia's bottom-of-the-ninth, two-out comeback victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers, right after Jimmy Rollins hit the game-winning two-run double. The phone call woke me up. I'd passed out on the couch the inning before, after a long teaching day...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2009
Oct
19
 
 
I just spent a few glorious days at the Fred Rogers Center, an inspiring facility at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, PA. It's a place devoted to the development of children, and worthwhile children's media, and it's populated by employees, executives, fellows and advisors that leave no doubt that Mister Rogers' mission is in the best of hands...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2009
Oct
16
 
 
Beginning Sunday night at 9 p.m. ET, The Independent Film Channel presents a six-day, six-hour documentary series honoring the 40th anniversary of Monty Python's Flying Circus. You can expect new details, big laughs, fresh insights and, yes, you can even expect the Spanish Inquisition...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2009
Oct
16
 
 
It isn't just Monty Python hitting the air on IFC this Sunday. That's also the night the channel starts its Indie Screams festival as we head toward Halloween...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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