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2009
Jun
30
 
 
Diane Werts' recent column -- a great-news post about the just-announced forthcoming full-series release of Fox's Ally McBeal on DVD -- ended with her prodding for the releases of other not-yet-available series, like ABC's brilliant 1988-93 The Wonder Years. I'm taking her ball and advancing it a little, by giving my own list of TV shows I'd love to see released on DVD -- then asking for yours...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2009
Jun
16
 
 
There is much to salute about TNT's "HawthoRNe," the new drama series premiering tonight at 9 p.m. ET -- first and foremost, that this program about a dedicated nurse stars Jada Pinkett Smith, making it one of the still-rare weekly series centered around a black lead. But there's much to regret, too, in how ordinary, rather than extraordinary, its first installment comes off..
 
 
 
  
 
 
2009
Jun
13
 
 
Last year's introductory season of HBO's "True Blood" established the characters, and the swampy Louisiana setting, of the Sookie Stackhouse novels written by Charlaine Harris. "Six Feet Under" creator Alan Ball, adapting the vampire novels for television, amped up the sex and the wit, making it a fun summer TV ride...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2009
Jun
10
 
 
Audience figures for current shows are telling some surprising stories, from a late-night turnaround to some obvious summer losers and winners. Dave has caught "Conan," "Wipeout" is doing surprisingly well, and so is Obama...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2009
Jun
9
 
 
Completing my book left me a day behind, so watching and reacting to the CBS Tony Awards is a day tardy. But I have to do it anyway, because the closing number by Neil Patrick Harris, as wickedly funny as anything served up by a real musical in years, deserves praise, annotation, and a revisit...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2009
Jun
8
 
 
It's been 15 years since I conducted my first interview for my book on the Smothers Brothers, and over a year -- May 1, 2008 -- since my 100-page proposal sold the idea to Simon & Schuster/Touchstone, for a book to be published this November. This morning I emailed the final chapter to my astoundingly patient, but understandably nervous, editor...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2009
Jun
5
 
 
Thanks to Diane Werts (thanks, Diane Werts!), TV WORTH WATCHING is presenting its latest holiday page gift guide. This time -- JUST in time -- it's for Father's Day. Need a gift suggestion or two for what to get dad, at a good price, that will bring a smile? Diane has assembled a whole page of suggestions old and new, with direct links to discount sales on Amazon...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2009
Jun
2
 
 
NBC honored its history and tradition Monday night by presenting a polished premiere of "The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien." A few hours earlier, it betrayed that history and tradition by presenting a wretched revival of a six-year-old ABC disaster, "I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!"...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2009
Jun
1
 
 
In late-night this evening, "The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien" premieres, continuing a proud NBC tradition that goes back to 1954. But before that, NBC fills two hours of prime time with "I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!," reviving a vile ABC tradition that should have stayed buried in 2003...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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