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2010
Sep
29
 
 
As we near the end of 2010, television certainly doesn't seem that interested in remembering its own past, much less celebrating it. But someone should... so here we are. Did you know, for example, that today -- Wednesday, Sept. 29 -- is the golden anniversary of the premiere of My Three Sons?... Or that, this weekend, The Andy Griffith Show also turns 50?...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2010
Sep
28
 
 
Today's such a busy day, even by my standards, that I barely have time to type what's going on. But since I do, I will. Starting with the fact that today, I host NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross, and conduct two TV-related interviews. We start off with Terence Winter, creator of HBO's Boardwalk Empire, and conclude with Jim Parsons, Emmy-winning star of CBS's The Big Bang Theory...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2010
Sep
27
 
 
This is getting ridiculous, this "Spoiler Alert" hypersensitivity. Now that VCRs and DVRs and DVDs have given everyone the opportunity to watch what they want to watch when they want to watch it, now some of them want to be protected from their enjoyment being spoiled before they DO watch it. Within limits, that makes sense But guess what, folks? There ARE limits...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2010
Sep
24
 
 
Sunday night is ridiculously rich for quality TV fans. AMC gives us Mad Men each week, with Breaking Bad waiting in the wings. HBO just ended True Blood, and started Boardwalk Empire. And Showtime, beginning this weekend, returns with another season of its brilliant Dexter. With options like this, who needs broadcast TV?...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2010
Sep
22
 
 
On Comedy Central, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert are mounting a Washington, D.C. rally that may end up being one of the biggest political stories of the season. Meanwhile, on HBO, Bill Maher is making news by resurrecting old Politically Incorrect clips featuring current Tea Party heroine Christine O'Donnell. What's going on here? Why are our politically interested comics making more sense, and news, than anyone else around right now?
 
 
 
  
 
 
2010
Sep
21
 
 
Starting today, there's another new columnist roaming free here on the TV WORTH WATCHING ranch...he's the only human I know who watches more TV than I do, and he's got some strong, often contrary opinions. His name is Mike Donovan (seen teaching above), and my nickname for him -- a nod to his childhood TV idol, Hopalong Cassidy -- is Hoppy...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2010
Sep
20
 
 
Busy day -- for the networks, and for us. The 2010 TV season begins officially today, and we have new stories, new summaries, and even new TV WORTH WATCHING writers on board. Plus we have our first Student Blog of the term, assessing whether NBC's new Lost-like drama really IS an Event. So welcome, and come dive in...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2010
Sep
17
 
 
There's only one new show, among all the offerings for the fall 2010 TV season, that has earned its place onto a must-watch list from the start -- and it's not a series from any of the broadcast networks. Instead, it's Boardwalk Empire from HBO, which starts Sunday night at 9 ET with the sort of opening salvo that promises great things ahead...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2010
Sep
16
 
 
Next week is the busiest, most premiere-crammed fall TV launch in many, many years. ABC, CBS, NBC and ABC all are rolling out a majority of their top guns, beginning Monday, in hopes of generating both buzz and viewership. But on broadcast TV, the most excitement, by far, comes from the returning shows. That's not to say that there's nothing from the broadcast networks this year that's both brand new and great...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2010
Sep
15
 
 
In what amounts to the first nearly unanimous vote of the 2010 fall season, nine critics here at TV WORTH WATCHING have delivered the same verdict regarding Outlaw, Jimmy Smits' new legal drama on NBC. Pending appeal, the verdict is: Don't bother. But there is ONE dissenting opinion...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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