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2010
Dec
27
 
 
The TV world again turned on its head in 2010. Let's get right to our annual countdown of what had viewers buzzing...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2010
Dec
26
 
 
No. 1-rated CBS is doing less deck-shuffling than its rivals, but will still make some significant changes in the coming year. The network announced that four new series will be joining its new mix, although Paula Abdul's previously announced Live to Dance basically is a place-holder for Survivor as Wednesday night's lead-off hitter. The notable eviction is William Shatner's $#*! My Dad Says...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2010
Dec
10
 
 
Just five weeks before his Oct. 14, 1977 death, a crooning, cardigan-sweatered Ghost of TV Christmas Specials Past performed a well-worn carol with an androgynous, cutting-edge rock star 44 years his junior...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2010
Dec
4
 
 
TNT's best-ever drama series -- the show that defies all conventional wisdom about what should work on TV -- finds its way to Season 2 Monday night. Amazingly, Men of a Certain Age (10 p.m. ET) has nothing to do with fatalities, legalities or life-saving medical procedures. Its three middle-aged central characters...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2010
Dec
2
 
 
Barbara Walters and ABC's prime-time domain aren't quite done with one another. She's given up her yearly pre-Oscar specials, but hasn't yet relinquished her clout when it comes to big-time hobnobbing. So here comes ABC's "One Night, One Big Event" -- namely back-to-back Dec. 9th Babs specials in which she first spends an hour with Oprah Winfrey and then presents her 18th 10 Most Fascinating People of the year extravaganza...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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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