DAVID BIANCULLI

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JONATHAN STORM

 
 
2011
Jan
1
 
 
We've got reason to celebrate here at TV WORTH WATCHING: In 2010, the roster of writers expanded exponentially, the redesign brought daily video and other offerings to the site, and we've got equally ambitious plans for 2011. And personally, part of it begins now, as I make a sincere resolution to try to offer one new daily feature for you loyal, treasured readers...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2010
Dec
29
 
 
It's the end of the year --and though I've already revealed my year's best and worst on NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross (you can hear my lengthy conversation with her HERE), I'm reprinting it here, with additional comments. And, after that, with one final 2010 thank-you, to both the writers and readers of TV WORTH WATCHING...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2010
Dec
26
 
 
The weather forecast for Sunday in Philadelphia is for a foot of snow, and blizzard-like conditions which at least one of our local meteorologists insists on calling a "thundersnow...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2010
Dec
24
 
 
doctor-who-christmas-specia.jpg Here in the U.S., our Christmas TV traditions include seasonal reruns and movie marathons -- but in the U.K., there's a Christmas Day TV tradition that each year offers something new: a fresh Doctor Who holiday special, broadcast by BBC 1 as a family post-dinner treat. Thanks to BBC America, this year -- for the first time -- we in the colonies get the same treat, on the same evening...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2010
Dec
22
 
 
Hey, Listen! Terry Gross and I Talk TV, for Most of Today's 'Fresh Air'. I didn't want to mention this until it got scheduled for sure -- but on today's (Wednesday's) edition of NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross, Terry spends almost the entire show talking about the year in television with... me. Listen in, either on air -- or later, on the Fresh Air website -- and be prepared to take exception with my choices, or at least my omissions, for the year's Top 10. Terry already did, in a very funny way...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2010
Dec
15
 
 
Maybe it's because I've just graded my final college papers of the year. Maybe it's because Diane Werts has been listing such great holiday offerings on TV and DVD. Probably, it's a little of both. Regardless, here's what I'd like to know: Are there any holiday TV traditions you still keep? Any all-time favorites? Any memories you'd like to share of watching holiday TV specials or movies as a kid?...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2010
Dec
13
 
 
Diane Werts, our esteemed managing editor and over-the-top Christmas entertainment nut, can't stop herself. Now she's added not only the latest listings to her ever-expanding lists of hoiday-related TV episodes, specials and movies, but she's added pictures, too. So now, the mere sight of something may jog your memory and make you want to set your recorders. The Yule Log, for instance...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2010
Dec
10
 
 
Sometime Friday afternoon, you'll be able to tune to your local NPR station and hear my list of the very best new TV boxed sets and gifts for the holidays. But for TV WORTH WATCHING readers, the list follows immediately, along with easy links to go buy them...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2010
Dec
8
 
 
I've watched The Simpsons with delight, and with rather dedicated regularity, ever since they first popped up on Fox's The Tracey Ullman Show 23 years ago. And though I'm merely noting, not complaining, last Sunday's Christmas special ended with what I consider the naughtiest joke in the lengthy history of Matt Groening's cartoon clan. And yes, it involved the week's special "human" guest star, Katy Perry...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2010
Dec
4
 
 
Don't worry, I'm not revealing ANY secrets about this Sunday's installments of Showtime's Dexter or (the season finale of) AMC's "The Walking Dead". But what I AM revealing -- what I marvel at -- is how incredibly, impressively tense these two shows make me as I watch...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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