DAVID BIANCULLI

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2009
Apr
29
 
 
Fans of ABC's '80s emo-fest thirtysomething will finally see the pre-midlife crisis drama hit DVD this Aug. 25, thanks to those fine retroheads at Shout! Factory...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2009
Apr
29
 
 
[Bianculli here: Tom Brinkmoeller, for his latest column, reverted to his old print reporter instincts, and conducted interviews as well as delivered his own opinion. The topic: TV's food shows. And while I'll agree to disagree with him about Gordon Ramsay, whose shows I find immensely entertaining, he's really onto something about the respective informative values of certain shows.]
 
 
 
  
 
 
2009
Apr
27
 
 
ABC's once-mighty General Hospital has been on a downward slide for far too long. Too many years of too many violent and repetitive (and ultimately silly) stories about mobsters and their women, coupled with the senseless deaths in recent years of a number of popular core characters, have left it in ruins...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2009
Apr
27
 
 
Ahead of the curve, behind the curve -- now PBS is ahead again. Public TV was the first network to really "get" the internet, providing loads of value-added text content when the World Wide Web was still in its infant stage. But when online video exploded, PBS was a laggard...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2009
Apr
27
 
 
After Beatrice Arthur died over the weekend, TV channels went into overdrive scheduling episodes of her classic '80s sitcom The Golden Girls...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2009
Apr
24
 
 
Cain vs. Abel. Frasier vs. Ali. And now, in this corner, another duel for the ages: Joan Rivers vs. Annie Duke. NBC's "Celebrity Apprentice" has been providing some of the most jaw-dropping television of the season. And, I'm happy to say, it's not over yet...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2009
Apr
23
 
 
Last year at about this time, ABC renewed "Pushing Daisies," one of the best shows in its entire lineup -- then yanked it prematurely once the new season began. This year, with the announcements of next year's prime-time schedules only weeks away, there's still time for the networks to make some smart moves -- and some TV-improving renewals -- and, this time, stick with them. But will they?...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2009
Apr
22
 
 
Since most broadcast networks seem to be abandoning quality, the field is wide open for a competing network to embrace it. Satellite's DirecTV is doing just that, and has just added two more champion thoroughbreds to its stable: the first off-HBO telecasts of Tom Fontana's "Oz" and David Milch's "Deadwood."
 
 
 
  
 
 
2009
Apr
21
 
 
Even as TV Land loses interest in "our TV heritage" (finely eyed in David Bianculli's Cougar post), some folks still value what's good, even as it's still going on...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2009
Apr
21
 
 
When J. Max Robins became the editor in chief of Broadcasting & Cable magazine in 2004, his role was to goose the place into the 21st century. He often told us that before he took over, he had read a lead in the magazine that referred to Jimmy Durante, and that was a cultural reach-back that bothered him a lot. B&C was just too damn old to appeal to younger readers...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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