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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
Nov
29
 
 
When the Naked Gun movies came out in the late '80s and early '90s, friends would not sit next to me in the theaters -- I laughed that much. So, when I was invited to have lunch with and interview Leslie Nielsen in the mid-'90s, when he was in Toronto promoting his mostly made up autobiography, The Naked Truth, I jumped at the chance...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2010
Nov
26
 
 
Wake up to seasonal spookery this Thursday morning. "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Angel" make "amends," while Santa's got a brand new bag that holds everything everybody wants in the "Night of the Meek" episode of "The Twilight Zone." Full listings here...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2010
Nov
23
 
 
If there's anything TV DVD collectors hate, it's collecting seasons of a series that the distributor discontinues before it's complete. "Hill Street Blues" ran 7 seasons, but only 2 are out on DVD. "NYPD Blue" fans scored 4 seasons on disc, but 12 were aired...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2010
Nov
23
 
 
Wednesday night, the PBS "Great Performances" series presents a two-hour concert that lives up to that series' title from start to finish. Taped March 15-16 at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall, "Sondheim! The Birthday Concert" celebrates Broadway composer Stephen Sondheim's 80th birthday, and it's an absolute, start-to-finish delight...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2010
Nov
22
 
 
Tonight at 9 ET, the invaluable PBS arts documentary series American Masters presents its latest offering: "LennoNYC", an examination of John Lennon's final, New York City years. It's not comprehensive, but it does contain some rarities and solid insights -- and whether or not you're a diehard Beatles fan, it's well worth watching. And hearing. Especially hearing, because the outtakes and acoustic versions of Lennon songs are treasures in themselves...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2010
Nov
21
 
 
If you think it's all art and design here at The Cold Light Reader, get ready for some football. Last week's Monday Night Football telecast brought us gridiron fans an athletic display so amazing, it will probably never be seen again -- and at the same time, reprised a topic so reprehensible, it will never be easily dismissed. Nor should it be...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2010
Nov
21
 
 
Looking for Festivus? Consider it found! This week's listings have a couple of new additions for Friday (Nov. 26). Take a look...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2010
Nov
21
 
 
We'd say the latest postings from our TVWW columnists have hit a home run -- except that one of these new must-reads is about football. Of course, it's also about transgression and redemption, as reflected in Michael Vick's record-setting on-field performance at the same time a new book about his dogs demands our attention. Another great column recalls the Who Shot JR? mania of 30 years ago this week...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2010
Nov
19
 
 
American Idol's weekly results shows will get a Thursday night berth for the first time as part of a Fox midseason lineup that also includes five new series, all but one of them scripted. Idol, which will deploy new judges Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler plus some format changes, has been airing on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. But Season 10 inaugurates a Wednesday-Thursday shift...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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