DAVID BIANCULLI

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2009
Feb
25
 
 
Against the unstoppable juggernaut of Fox's "American Idol" and the can't-miss mysteries of ABC's "Lost," NBC's "Life" is getting lost in the mix. But it shouldn't be. Its stories, and its actors, are too impressive and likable to go unnoticed...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2009
Feb
24
 
 
Last Friday, Conan O'Brien said goodbye to his New York venue and long-running NBC "Late Night" talk show, preparing for a fall move to take over "The Tonight Show." Next Monday, Jimmy Fallon takes O'Brien's slot, and both he and tenured CBS competitor Craig Ferguson are taking the opportunity to define the viewers they're after...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2009
Feb
23
 
 
Griping about the Oscars the day after is a national pastime and an annual rite. Hugh Jackman, as host, threw more energy into it than anyone since Billy Crystal. And while he's not as funny, his razzle-dazzle dance moves made for some nice, big-stage moments...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2009
Feb
20
 
 
Every night this weekend, there's a great reason to turn on your TV. Conan O'Brien presides over his final "Late Night" show on Friday, HBO presents the excellent "Taking Chance" telemovie on Saturday, and ABC presents the Oscars on Sunday...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2009
Feb
19
 
 
"Welcome to season eight!" Ryan Seacrest keeps saying, as contestants make it from one rung to another on the "American Idol" elimination ladder. Last night, the first three singers to make it to the Top 12 were identified -- bringing a new level of drama, as well as competition, to the new season...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2009
Feb
17
 
 
Well, I didn't know this was coming, but I'm thrilled it's here: a new website called eGuiders.com, whose intent is to steer you towards the best of what's out there on the web. It's the Internet equivalent of what we aim to provide here, regarding television, at TV Worth Watching: a guided tour, by people with taste, of the best of what's out there in this nearly infinite world of video entertainment...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2009
Feb
16
 
 
What were my history teachers doing in high school, that they never bothered to tell me the story of Abraham Lincoln's body being stolen, 11 years after his assassination, and held for ransom? The story told tonight in History Channel's "Stealing Lincoln's Body" is astounding. Unbelievable. And even more unbelievable, for being true...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2009
Feb
11
 
 
It's been five years since Joss Whedon has presented a show on network TV -- and much too long since we've enjoyed weekly doses of entertainment from the deliciously warped brain that gave us "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Angel" and "Firefly"...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2009
Feb
11
 
 
Sunday on "60 Minutes," Katie Couric did a wonderful profile of the US Airways "Miracle on the Hudson" crew by asking the right questions and letting the story tell itself. Tuesday night on another CBS show, David Letterman provided another wonderful hour -- by showing the human, funny side of these everyday heroes...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2009
Feb
10
 
 
This notice is a bit premature -- but it's fair warning, and one I'm thrilled to make, that TV Worth Watching is about to expand a bit. Updated design, new features, and, most important of all, some new contributors...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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