DAVID BIANCULLI

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Contributors

ALEX STRACHAN

TOM BRINKMOELLER

GERALD JORDAN

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GABRIELA TAMARIZ

DAVID SICILIA

NOEL HOLSTON

JONATHAN STORM

 
 
2010
May
31
 
 
Now's the perfect time for the return of our weekly TV DVD coverage because June 1 marks a major TV release smackdown: Oprah Winfrey vs. David Attenboroug! They're both narrating the epic nature series Life...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2010
May
29
 
 
[Bianculli here: Instead of taking the annual PBS summer holiday concerts for granted, contributing writer Tom Brinkmoeller goes to the source to ferret out all sorts of facts, figures and back-stage anecdotes -- just in time for Memorial Day...]
 
 
 
  
 
 
2010
May
26
 
 
[Bianculli here: I'm so proud of our TV WORTH WATCHING contributors. Tom Brinkmoeller, through a lot of dogged reporting, has news for anyone eagerly awaiting the DVD release of Gary David Goldberg's superb "Brooklyn Bridge" CBS series. Alas, the news isn't necessarily good...]
 
 
 
  
 
 
2010
May
26
 
 
Diane Werts here . . . to let you know that the words below come from our Diane2 -- Diane Holloway, who's digested the news from last week's network upfronts to let you know what's new, what's back and what's gone for good.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2010
May
26
 
 
The Current TV channel has had a hard time getting traction since its 2005 launch, partly because of its original schedule of short-take video "pods," and partly because, well, what the heck IS Current?...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2010
May
24
 
 
I used to love Lost, but my attention steadily dwindled as the plot's conniptions progressively ramped up...don't complicate your drama into something so intricate and internecine that only a small subset of the audience will have the time, energy or interest to follow it...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2010
May
24
 
 
The three most powerful punches of the Fox "24" finale all came at the very end -- like one final triple flurry of potent, emotional "Ka-Chunk, Ka-Chunk" sounds as the clock counted down one last time...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2010
May
23
 
 
The ending of ABC's "Lost", whatever it turned out to be, wasn't going to be able to please all of the people all of the time. But even with an unsettling core "explanation" and some frustrating unanswered questions, Sunday's 2.5-hour finale was one entertaining movie-length wrap-up...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2010
May
21
 
 
[Bianculli here: Contributing writer Tom Brinkmoeller looks at the next two "American Experience" presentations on PBS, and finds their Depression-era topics clearly pertinent to today...]
 
 
 
  
 
 
2010
May
20
 
 
It's been a while since we mounted a TV WORTH WATCHING contest for readers, offering tacky prizes for a predictive puzzler. So here's a new one, and it's a two-parter: Guess the opening-weekend grosses for two movies based on TV fare -- "MacGruber" and "Sex and the City 2" -- and, by so doing, predict which one will outdraw the other...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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