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2010
Feb
28
 
 
Those wacky DVD distributors, always looking for a bandwagon to jump on. This week, it's the one led by Tim Burton's phantasmagorical movie Alice in Wonderland starring Johnny Depp, which hits theaters Friday...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2010
Feb
27
 
 
I've seen lots of captivating TV the past few days -- Olympics skating, curling and hockey, ABC's Lost, and so on -- but nothing quite so riveting, and unforgettable, as Keith Olbermann's passionate commentary on Wednesday's "Countdown with Keith Olbermann" on MSNBC...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2010
Feb
26
 
 
Should've known this would happen. I just duped a bunch of blurry old VHS-taped episodes with my DVD recorder. And now it's coming out on real, pre-recorded DVD. (Gotta try this trick with my other wants)...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2010
Feb
26
 
 
Maybe you're Olympic-ed out. Don't wanna hear any more about Jay or Dave. Couldn't care less about a marriage ref or any of TV's other current Big Deals. I hear you. I, too, like to zig where others zag. (But apparently not enough to avoid invoking the cliche)...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2010
Feb
24
 
 
Monday evening, after the Olympics are over, Jay Leno will return to NBC's "The Tonight Show", and is bringing a pair of Olympic medal winners with him on opening night. Meanwhile, as Leno plans to return with a big splash, another late-night TV host is quietly experimenting, with no advance publicity whatsoever...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2010
Feb
22
 
 
Sometimes a documentary comes along that not only is TV Worth Watching, it is TV essential to a national discussion. We were fortunate enough to find "Under Our Skin", a 2010 broadcast investigating Lyme Disease. It revealed and disproved accepted ideas around this chronic illness, and TVWW readers responded overwhelmingly. One wrote, "Thanks David...Your TV criticism is welcome and needed..."
 
 
 
  
 
 
2010
Feb
18
 
 
Ricky Gervais, on television, has a perfect streak going. BBC's "The Office", the original series in which he starred, and which co-wrote with Stephen Merchant: brilliant. HBO's Extras, the series featuring both him and Merchant on-camera as well as off: brilliant. Gervais' HBO stand-up special: brilliant. And now comes "The Ricky Gervais Show", an animated HBO version of an ongoing series of conversational podcasts. And guess what? It, too, is brilliant...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2010
Feb
18
 
 
Oops, missed something big from the Vancouver Olympics? You can always try to catch it on one of NBC's myriad broadcasts across its network (NBC) and cable channels (USA, CNBC, MSNBC, Universal HD, Universal Sports)...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2010
Feb
18
 
 
Now's the time when viewers start wondering if their favorite network shows are going to get renewed. Turns out The Hollywood Reporter isn't just wondering, they're laying odds...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2010
Feb
15
 
 
Today's culture is so celeb-saturated that we know everything about everybody famous, and start to wish we didn't. Yet "regular" people have almost ceased to exist. Every ordinary American now seems to be appearing on a "reality" show or rehearsing for one. That's why I'm so addicted to Mill Creek's four new budget DVD sets of vintage game shows...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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