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2011
Jun
28
 
 
Yes, I'm back from Paris...I wrote were BEST BETS, while watching the view out my window of, sigh, the Notre Dame cathedral...And return to this column for a picture or two from Paris... including those magical time-travel steps in Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2011
Jun
27
 
 
Peter Falk, who died last week at age 83, embodied one of the most popular and durable characters in all of TV history, the mystery-solving sleuth of NBC's Columbo. There's a lot to love about Falk's characterization of the mumbling, fumbling but never bumbling Lieutenant Columbo -- and a lot to remember, too, including the time I had lunch with him and faced an unexpected pop quiz...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2011
Jun
17
 
 
After hosting NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross on Friday, June 17, I'm heading home, packing up, and catching a plane to France, where I'm embarking on an uncharacteristic week-long vacation, courtesy of two sets of friends who are there to a) put me up, b) put up with me, and/or c) take me around...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2011
Jun
15
 
 
Almost 20 years ago, in my first book, I predicted what TV might look like in the future - and now that the future's here, it happens I was right. So I'm wondering: What will television look like two decades from NOW? And this time, just for fun, why don't YOU guess?...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2011
Jun
13
 
 
I was watching a telecast of "Austin Powers" in "Goldmember" the other day and was surprised, when doing my habitual practice of closely reading the final credits, to see a name that was not familiar to me when the film was released in 2002, but is much more familiar now: Carrie Ann Inaba, one of the judges on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars"...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2011
Jun
9
 
 
I love it when I read something by one of our TVWW contributors and it makes ME go "Damn, that's brilliant -- and it had never occurred to me." It happens more than I'd care to admit, and it definitely occurs with Ed Martin's newest Ed Martin's TV Mix dispatch...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2011
Jun
7
 
 
Today I intended to present a lengthy review of the Season 3 DVD set of AMC's Breaking Bad, which just came out...And keep reading, for my one can't-resist observation about this new DVD set...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2011
Jun
6
 
 
James Arness, who died Friday at age 88, was described in some obituaries as playing the same TV series role longer than any other performer in prime time -- until, goes the asterisk, Kelsey Grammer beat his record, though Grammer took two different series to do so. To which I say: Bah, humbug. Arness still owns that crown, and probably always will...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2011
Jun
3
 
 
News surfaced this week that PBS plans, starting this fall, to insert promotional messages and corporate and foundation sponsor spots within a few core programs, rather than just between shows. Executives defend it as a way to keep viewers from defecting during the long bunched-up breaks at the end of each hour -- but this strategy carries its own risks. Besides, there's an easier way to reduce viewer turnout...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2011
Jun
1
 
 
Season 3 of True Blood has just come out on DVD and Blu-Ray, less than a month before Season 4 arrives on HBO. It's great to dive in, again or the first time, with Sookie Stackhouse and all her supernatural friends, enemies and lovers -- and it's a biting reminder why, no matter how many other creatures of the night may pop up in movies and TV right now, vampires rule...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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