DAVID BIANCULLI

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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
19
 
 
Several days after the last-second scrubbing of Craig Ferguson's much-rehearsed, much-anticipated musical opening to his Doctor Who special edition of CBS's "The Late Late Show", it still hasn't shown up on the Internet....TV WORTH WATCHING would be HAPPY to post the original number, by the way, if there's any way we could obtain it...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2010
Nov
17
 
 
Tuesday night on late-night television, Craig Ferguson didn't sing, as he had promised to, on CBS -- but over on NBC, as Jimmy Fallon's guest, Bruce Springsteen did. Both the singing and the non-singing, as it turned out, involved a surprise...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2010
Nov
15
 
 
One of the bad things about being a television critic is having to work odd hours -- so little time, so much TV. Another of the bad things, an occupational hazard, is stumbling upon late-night horrors few people are awake to endure. I dealt with one this morning, on a super-late, or super-early, film review on ABC's World News Now...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2010
Nov
12
 
 
AMC has cancelled "Rubicon", its intellectual thriller about global conspiracies, but ordered a second season of "The Walking Dead", its other freshman series, which continues Sunday night at 10 ET. Why are spies executed, but zombies allowed to, uh, live? Our Rowan University student correspondent, Rich Greenhalgh, looks at "zombie appeal"...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2010
Nov
11
 
 
Most of the time, when I teach TV History and Appreciation to my students at New Jersey's Rowan University, one goal is to get them to imagine watching old television when it was new. But every once in a while, comparisons to TV old and new have me looking at today's television through THEIR eyes. It's a very different experience -- and recently, NBC's 30 Rockgave me that chance...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2010
Nov
10
 
 
Just a quick follow-up to the new Conan O'Brien TBS talk show status. Had the show he delivered Tuesday night run instead as the Monday back-to-TV premiere, my review would have been substantially more positive...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2010
Nov
9
 
 
I expected more, and less, out of Conan O'Brien's new Conan TBS talk show than he delivered in Monday's premiere. More, because with months to prepare, the opening and prepared bits should have been sharper. And less, because I hoped, without the constraints of trying to please most of the people most of the time on NBC's The Tonight Show, he'd be freer to be himself...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2010
Nov
8
 
 
Monday night at 11 ET, with the premiere of Conan, Conan O'Brien steps into the spotlight of a TV talk show for the third time. And whether or not this time's the charm, it is, for the first time, the one where we'll see him at his most undiluted... It's not that O'Brien, in his previous incarnations, lacked conviction or wit. I was at the NBC press conference where Conan O'Brien first met the press in 1993, introduced as David Letterman's successor on Late Night. The first volley from reporter
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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