DAVID BIANCULLI

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2009
Aug
31
 
 
[Bianculli here: Finding quality TV shows can be tough enough. Showing your support for them, even when they're on public television, can be even trickier, as contributing critic Tom Brinkmoeller reports today, using two current series to make his point...]
 
 
 
  
 
 
2009
Aug
31
 
 
Could it be that the lowest of the low has actually hit rock bottom? Britain's hit Big Brother "reality" franchise is being dropped by Channel 4 next year after a 10-year run. It's part of a "creative overhaul"...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2009
Aug
30
 
 
Bernard Herrmann is the man to thank for those Psycho shower scene strings. And the spooky rumble under Citizen Kane. For Taxi Driver's moody Manhattan vibe. And Vertigo's dizzy delirium.Now Herrmann gets a suitable salute...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2009
Aug
28
 
 
Like a lot of people -- more of them almost every week -- I'm loving my Sunday night dose of HBO's "True Blood," one of the most enjoyable thrill rides on TV right now. But unlike most people, I have another Sunday night thrill-ride TV treat...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2009
Aug
27
 
 
[Bianculli here: We here at TV WORTH WATCHING are gearing up for the fall TV season, and wrestling with a site relaunch that may or may not be done in time. Meanwhile, asked to start perusing the new fall fare in advance, one of our contributing critics had an identity-crisis epiphany...]
 
 
 
  
 
 
2009
Aug
26
 
 
Sen. Edward Kennedy's funeral ceremonies will be carried live on cable's C-SPAN this weekend, starting with Friday night's "Celebration of Life Memorial Service" 7-9 p.m. ET from Massachusetts' JFK presidential library...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2009
Aug
26
 
 
Bet you thought it would never happen: That oh-so-'80s fave thirtysomething finally hits DVD this week. And it turns out to be oh-so-21st-century, too...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2009
Aug
25
 
 
One of the most eagerly anticipated TV-shows-on-DVD releases hits stores today: the first season of thirtysomething, the ABC series that, beginning in 1987, examined yuppie angst. The tangled web of music rights is what has discouraged the series from being packaged until now... but now, as Diane Werts already has alerted us in her blog, Shout! Factory has made it a reality...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2009
Aug
22
 
 
Who needs Good Morning America and The Tonight Show? Celebs can always hype their stuff on The Weather Channel. Seriously...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2009
Aug
20
 
 
If you only know Angela Lansbury for TV's Murder, She Wrote, you don't know Angela. Not only was she a '60s Broadway musical star in Mame (and a '70s revelation baking those man-made meat pies in Sweeney Todd), but decades before that, Lansbury had launched her career in her teens as a busy Hollywood studio contract player...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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