DAVID BIANCULLI

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2010
Jun
29
 
 
The characters played by Denis Leary in FX's "Rescue Me" and by Louis C.K., who plays an exaggerated version of himself in the new FX series "Louie", have two major things in common: They misbehave so much, they almost dare you to like them. And somehow, the more abrasive and honestly caustic they get, the funnier they are...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2010
Jun
25
 
 
Long ago, I swore to myself that TV WORTH WATCHING would be redesigned and relaunched before we published "Guest Blog #100." Our guests, after that much time, deserve their own comfy spaces. Well, when we post our next guest contributor's column Monday, it'll be #99, so we're cutting it really, really close...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2010
Jun
24
 
 
While most so-called reality TV shows are unwatchable and uninspired, there's a show about actual reality that begins tonight on ABC, and sparkles like a diamond amid all the summertime TV coal. It's an eight-week documentary series called Boston Med, and it's captivating...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2010
Jun
22
 
 
Tonight ABC presents two high-action, low-brain competition summer series: the returning "Wipeout" and the brand-new "Downfall". Yet elsewhere this week, quality nonfiction offerings shine -- and deserve to be supported, applauded, and, in spirit, imitated...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2010
Jun
18
 
 
Two years ago, when I interviewed NBC's "Friday Night Lights" star Kyle Chandler for NPR's "Fresh Air with Terry Gross", Chandler broke the news about the impending deal with DirecTV that would save the series from cancellation for two more seasons. Well, I just recorded an upcoming Fresh Air interview with Lights co-star Connie Britton -- and, once again, emerged with some breaking news...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2010
Jun
17
 
 
The reason updates have been sluggish last week and this: a series of disconnected, disconcerting computer problems, requiring a repair, a replacement, some wholesale data movement and password changes -- and, today, hours on the phone with every third tech-support specialist in Mumbai...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2010
Jun
14
 
 
The opening-weekend box-office figures for the new movie remake of The A-Team were so low -- about half of general Hollywood predictions -- that I pity the fool who's still hoping for a cinematic sequel. Even so, one of our readers, in the contest to predict the opening grosses, came very close without going over, so wins some stuff...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2010
Jun
11
 
 
Robert Klein opens his latest HBO special, "Robert Klein: Unfair & Unbalanced" with a very funny song, backed by a full orchestra. By contrast, he opened our interview with a joke about TV WORTH WATCHING: "It's a small website, I take it..."
 
 
 
  
 
 
2010
Jun
10
 
 
There's so much going on, I'm going to try and catch up in one big burst. Today's column will cover a) the latest TV WORTH WATCHING TV-to-Movie contest; b) the latest late-night "war"; and c) a delightful new talk show...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2010
Jun
9
 
 
The third season of HBO's True Blood begins Sunday (9 p.m. ET), picking up right where last year's season ended -- and man, is it a joy to have back...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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