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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
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...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2010
May
19
 
 
Sunday night at the Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, the Smothers Brothers performed what they say was their final performance as a duo -- 50 impressive years after their FIRST performance as a duo. I flew in just to see it and be there, and was glad I did...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2010
May
16
 
 
Tuesday night at 9 ET, Fox's Glee presents guest director Joss Whedon and guest star Neil Patrick Harris in a new episode that counts as one more reason this musical series is one of the best TV treats of the year...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2010
May
14
 
 
Last year, when I was completing my first year as a full-time faculty member at New Jersey's Rowan University, I also was crashing on the final month of writing my Smothers Brothers book, so I passed on attending, and participating in, what would have been my first graduation ceremony as an associate professor...Friday, with the book done and published and the school year over again, I happily attended -- and was so glad I did...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2010
May
10
 
 
In two weeks, we'll be saying goodbye to the Fox series 24, and to Kiefer Sutherland's character of Jack Bauer, who's had a memorable string of terrible, horrible, no good, very bad days. The real-time clock on 24 is running out -- and so is the chance for the series to deliver one last, shocking, legendary twist...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2010
May
5
 
 
Once a term, I try to discover a student with enough obvious writing and critical ability to give him or her a shot at writing a guest column about TV -- and give us a chance to see things from a younger generation's perspective. Today, Rowan University junior Eve Patzlaff evaluates the shifting effectiveness of a long-time favorite. Please welcome her...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2010
May
4
 
 
Forty years ago today, the National Guard fired into a distant crowd of student protesters at Ohio's Kent State University, killing four students. As a TV critic and scholar, I've been quoted by the Cleveland Plain Dealer about one media-related aspect of the tragedy -- but back in 1970, at age 16, I relayed by thoughts via the media also -- delivering a controversial editorial for my high school's closed-circuit TV system...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2010
May
3
 
 
In a one-day-only, two-performances benefit staging for Writers Foundation East, a giggling gaggle of cast members from Tom Fontana's groundbreaking HBO drama series Oz reunited in New York yesterday, for a comedic, playfully homoerotic, revenge-fantasy comedy of Fontana's unproduced The Godfather Part IV. What a riot -- and what a shame it wasn't filmed for HBO, or as the funniest DVD Extra of all time...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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