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2010
Dec
4
 
 
Were there a logical answer to the following, finding lasting world peace wouldn't be far behind: Why are there three seasons of Keeping up with the Kardashians available for sale on DVD, but none for Brooklyn Bridge, The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd, The Wonder Years and Ed -- and only partial video releases of Newhart, St. Elsewhere and The Paper Chase? Now is the season of, among other things, give and get. Great news for people who want to drink endlessly from the well of Kardashian w
 
 
 
  
 
 
2010
Nov
30
 
 
Successive American presidents in the '60s and '70s ordered all-out bombings in Vietnam as an arguably oxymoronic weapon of peace. Peace, of course, lost. In a smaller scale of carpet bombing, CBS News presidents, stretching back to the '60s, have ordered repeated obliterations of the network's morning-news troops. The latest happened Tuesday...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2010
Oct
28
 
 
It's pretty safe to assume that wherever a voter in the upcoming election falls on the Red-to-Blue political spectrum, that person may be a little wary of the efficacy of America's voting system. A story on Friday's "Need to Know" on PBS might give that suspicion bug additional shelf life...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2010
Oct
22
 
 
If more television commercials had been made by the people profiled on Tuesday's "Independent Lens," there would have been no need to invent the mute button. "Art & Copy" premieres Tuesday, Oct. 26 on PBS, and it offers a satisfying look at what could be called advertising's hall-of-famers -- the people who create commercials we don't want to ignore...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2010
Oct
16
 
 
It's neither cool nor civilized to criticize someone who has recently died, and that's not the purpose of this effort. But the death Saturday of Barbara Billingsley, at age 94, brought to mind all the criticism and parody the moms of the Golden Age of Television attracted as the world slowly enlightened to the role of women as people versus patterns...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2010
Oct
15
 
 
By Tom Brinkmoeller PBS's lead affiliate station in Los Angeles, KCET, is dropping its network membership because of the amount of dues it was being asked to pay. Several public TV stations have decided to furlough employees to prop up weak budgets. One public-TV station in Texas and another in Michigan, each formerly owned by educational institutions, have been jettisoned, reportedly for reasons that include money. For public television near the end of 2010, that's only the top of the prob
 
 
 
  
 
 
2010
Oct
12
 
 
Last week in this space, Ed Bark convinced me and a lot of others, I hope, to watch "Michael Feinstein's Great American Songbook," a first-rate, three-part PBS series which premieres its second segment Oct. 13 at 8 p.m. ET. Feinstein has been collecting, preserving and archiving 20th century American popular music for almost 50 years...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2010
Sep
29
 
 
It was easy to wonder whether something of a gastronomic nor'easter was brewing last week in the exclusive East Hampton community in which Ina Garten lives, after "30 Rock" trained its parody rifle on The Barefoot Contessa herself and her husband...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2010
Sep
28
 
 
I can't figure this one out. A recent CBS news release announced the network was planning to broadcast a weekend daytime religious program called "Faith in Action: Young People Making a Difference." I didn't know such things still were being made...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2010
Sep
22
 
 
Pace, as in the miles-per-hour context, always seems to have had a large role in the life of Graham Kerr. When he was in his 30s, in the late 1960s, he won over a very large number of viewers and pretty much invented a TV cooking form when he was known as "The Galloping Gourmet" and hosted a daily syndicated show of the same name...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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

 
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