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2011
Dec
31
 
 
By now you've read a number of year-end columns by television critics, naming their choices for the ten best programs of 2011. Here are ten that haven't shown up in many (if any) of those lists, yet still deserve special recognition...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2011
Dec
19
 
 
ABC Daytime's One Life to Live -- a show with more creative energy coursing through it than much of what passes for bigger-budget prime-time fare -- won't breathe its last until Jan. 13. But the show is already giving itself a grand send-off...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2011
Dec
11
 
 
Outrageous! Cartoon Network's Batman: The Brave and the Bold, one of television's most clever shows, ended its three-year run last month without any fanfare at all...The series finale was meta to the max, as Bat-Mite -- the pesky, somewhat obsessive Bat-fan from another dimension -- observed that the show was past its prime and decided to do something about it, ultimately bringing about its demise...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2011
Oct
6
 
 
Overlooked amid the excitement of the new fall season, the cosmically entertaining Cartoon Network series Batman: The Brave and the Bold last week outdid itself with an opening segment inspired by the long-forgotten sitcom The Pruitts of Southampton, which starred Phyllis Diller and ran for one season only (1966-67) on ABC...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2011
Jul
27
 
 
Year after year the annual San Diego Comic-Con feels more like a colorful convention for the television business rather than a mass gathering of comic-book and fantasy enthusiasts. Without question the Con builds bigger buzz for new and current television shows than just about anything else, simply by tantalizing an enormous segment of their existing and/or potential audience through star-filled panels and massive marketing initiatives...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2011
Jun
25
 
 
This year's Emmy Award nominees won't be announced until July 14, but the buzz about who should be nominated in what category has already kicked into high gear. So there is no time like the present to look back on the best series and performances of the last year and offer serious advice on who belongs where...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2011
Jun
8
 
 
MTV on Sunday treated kid, tween and young teen viewers of its annual Movie Awards extravaganza to the spectacle of some of their favorite adult stars using foul language, grabbing each other's breasts and genitalia, and dropping a number of f-bombs. Nothing new there...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2011
Apr
28
 
 
Anyone who is still wondering why broadcast soap operas are disappearing before our eyes need only review recent episodes of ABC's General Hospital...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2011
Apr
27
 
 
I don't know what bothers me more about ABC's announcement that it has canceled All My Children and One Life to Live, two of its three long-running soap operas...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2011
Mar
23
 
 
The 2010-11 television season has been a disappointing one, with the broadcasters failing to deliver a single new hit and the cable networks creatively under-performing, as well...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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