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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
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
15
 
 
The opening weekend of NBC's coverage of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games from Vancouver started tragically, ended thrillingly, and featured a lot of emotional and impressive moments in between. All in all, it was a strong start, establishing, once again, that the best - and worst - Olympic moments follow no set script...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2010
Feb
9
 
 
Both CBS and the Nielsen Company give credit to Sunday's CBS telecast of Super Bowl XLIV as the all-time most popular TV event, slightly beating the finale of the same network's "M*A*S*H", a record that has stood for 27 years. But if you look at the statistics from a slightly different angle, that record STILL stands...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2010
Feb
7
 
 
After Super Bowl LXIV ends, and after the post-game interviews and final analysis, CBS will attempt to retain as many members as possible of that huge TV audience, and introduce them to a new reality series: "Undercover Boss", a program in which the heads of corporation pretend to be new trainees, with cameras along to capture both their performances and their treatment. As post-Super Bowl programs go, it's a pretty good fit...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2010
Feb
6
 
 
David's review of HBO Films "Temple Grandin" prompted several readers to write and join in praising what remains one of the best bio-pics ever made for television. One reader wrote, "I wouldn't have known to watch if not for your recommendation, thank you..." and another, "I want to thank you for your website -- I have valued your opinion and been well rewarded for it. Thanks for saving me from hours of bad TV..."
 
 
 
  
 
 
2010
Feb
3
 
 
Once it's been broadcast, I feel, it's fair game for discussion. So what did YOU think of last night's episode of ABC's Lost?...Basically, I liked it, and was thrown by it in all the right places, and can't wait for next week's episode...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2010
Feb
2
 
 
When last we saw a first-run edition of ABC's Lost, nine months ago, Juliet was banging a nuclear device with a rock, hoping desperately to trigger an explosion that would, in theory, disrupt the existing time line and throw the island's inhabitants back to a time before its magnetic and mysterious forces drew them in. The season ended with Juliet succeeding in sparking an explosion -- a blinding, brilliant flash of white...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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 under $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