DAVID BIANCULLI

Founder / Editor

ERIC GOULD

Associate Editor

LINDA DONOVAN

Assistant Editor

KARLE DUNBAR

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Contributors

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TOM BRINKMOELLER

GERALD JORDAN

MONIQUE NAZARETH

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GABRIELA TAMARIZ

DAVID SICILIA

NOEL HOLSTON

JONATHAN STORM

 
 
2009
Mar
31
 
 
One of the things I enjoy most about the experience of watching episodic television on its own terms is the feeling of breathless anticipation generated by the run up to a sizzling season finale. This can happen with a reality series...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2009
Mar
30
 
 
I adore "60 Minutes." I love that the oldest surviving TV show in prime time is still among the very best. I'm thrilled that it caters to intelligence rather than panders to stupidity. Living up to its name, it's 60 minutes of outstanding television. Well, 55 minutes, anyway...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2009
Mar
30
 
 
Don't forget that CBSSports.com has free streams of March Madness on Demand, offering live game action online until the NCAA men's basketball championship is decided April 6...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2009
Mar
29
 
 
C'mon, you know you've been eagerly awaiting the day when Stewie and Brian would meet Data and Worf. And now that day is here...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2009
Mar
29
 
 
Have fun (and fears) in the '50s all day this Tuesday as Turner Classic Movies salutes a pivotal decade. TCM's time trip collects everything from a surreal lesbian western smackdown (Johnny Guitar) to a gritty drama of media manipulation (Sweet Smell of Success)...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2009
Mar
26
 
 
I love the way NBC's "ER" is winding down. Rather than wait for next week's two-hour finale to serve its veteran and current characters, the series has been doing it every week, with moments that are touching, revealing, surprising and eminently satisfying. Shane West, as Dr. Ray Barnett, made a surprise appearance to cap last week's show with a perfect grace note...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2009
Mar
24
 
 
[No kidding: This place, all of a sudden, is starting to turn into a Dream Team of TV critics. First Diane Werts, then Bill Brioux, then our newest veteran recruits, PJ Bednarski and Ed Martin. More are on the way, and here comes one now: former TV critic Tom Brinkmoeller, of The Cincinnati Enquirer and elsewhere.]
 
 
 
  
 
 
2009
Mar
23
 
 
This week's movie treats range from raunchy pre-code Hollywood all the way to late-century Steve Martin...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2009
Mar
23
 
 
Ronald Reagan and First Lady-to-be Nancy Davis made only one film together. This is it...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2009
Mar
20
 
 
I'm glad Battlestar Galactica ends this Friday night -- only because I can now start watching it over again from the beginning, on DVD, in uninterrupted marathon sessions. That's the ideal way to absorb this landmark series' escalating stakes and ever-keener insights...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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