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2010
Apr
29
 
 
Friday night, the host of "Bill Moyers' Journal" presents an expanded 90-minute edition of his superb program, then says goodbye -- putting a self-imposed end to a stellar TV career that began 40 years ago. It's safe to say, given Moyers' reliable excellence and the qualitative demise of most network news and public affairs shows, we're unlikely to see his equal again...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2010
Apr
27
 
 
Beginning today, Amazon has begun offering exclusive distribution of a new documentary by Joe Pantoliano...But this time, as writer-producer-director of "No Kidding?!! Me, Too!", the performer known as Joey Pants isn't hiding behind a role. He's being as honest as he can, about his personal battles with depression and other forms of what he calls "mental dis-ease,"...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2010
Apr
20
 
 
Two of television's most exciting, inventive and original broadcast network series right now, Fox's "Glee' and ABC's "Lost", present can't-miss episodes tonight. Unfortunately, they're on at the same time, so a little time-shifting is required. But see them both, by all means...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2010
Apr
17
 
 
This weekend capped the latest frenzied round of what passes for my life, with a presentation about my book at the Broadcast Education Association convention in Las Vegas. But what I was most excited about at the convention was the King Foundation Awards show, which selected and honored the best student and faculty productions in various media categories...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2010
Apr
13
 
 
When last we saw the musical misfits of Fox's "Glee", they had won the Sectionals, the first step in becoming state champs for their singing glee club. Well, after a few months off, they return tonight, basking in their newfound glory -- for about 10 seconds. Then, once again, the reality and cruelty of high school sets in...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2010
Apr
9
 
 
The newest HBO drama from David Simon and company, "Treme", is a quality cousin to his previous classic examination of a specific urban landscape and populace, "The Wire". But where The Wire was set in Baltimore and exuded an air of grim hopelessness, Treme, set in a post-Katrina New Orleans, exudes something else entirely...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2010
Apr
8
 
 
I asked Rich Greenhalgh, who last wrote on the subject of anime, to take a look at one of the new shows aimed at young viewers, and write about whether it did or didn't work for him, a college student at Rowan University. Here is his not-so-glowing report on Fox's newest sitcom...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2010
Apr
7
 
 
I hate it when any Beatles music shows up in a TV commercial, as when "Hello Goodbye" is covered during a Target ad. But when music associated with the group or its former members is showcased on prime-time network TV, is that a good thing or a bad thing? Depends...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2010
Apr
5
 
 
Late shows and robots have been co-exisiting peacefully since the 1950s -- thanks to B movies -- but tonight marks a new, Terminator-type evolutionary moment. Tonight at 12:35 a.m., on CBS's "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson", we're introduced to the host's brand-new robot sidekick...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2010
Apr
3
 
 
On Easter Weekend in 1969, CBS refused to air the program Tom and Dick Smothers had supplied for telecast on Easter Sunday -- the one containing David Steinberg's second comic sermonette -- and fired off a memo which also fired the Smothers Brothers. So unhappy anniversary, guys, but thanks for letting me tell your story...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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