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2012
Nov
17
 
 
PBS's The Dust Bowl arrives at a propitious moment. Superstorm Sandy recently flooded, pounded, or otherwise disrupted every state East of the Mississippi, but the massive dust storms of the 1930s were by far our nation’s greatest environmental disaster...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Oct
16
 
 
Americans seem to never tire of the exploits of our "captains of industry" or "robber barons." The problem with The Men Who Built America is that it never poses or even hints at this very intriguing question: Which were they?
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Aug
28
 
 
TVWW's resident business historian shares unexpected insights gleaned from an evening of convention viewing, illustrating how themes are lost when networks cut coverage...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Jun
12
 
 
At first, the idea of a retread about the oil business in our age of hybrid vehicles and e-commerce seemed anachronistic to me. But if the Iraq war and four-dollars-a-gallon gasoline taught us anything, it’s that now more than ever, oil is black gold...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
May
25
 
 
Some professions seem accessible to amateurs — the less we know about it, the more we think we can do it just as well as the so-called experts. Nothing in AMC's The Pitch suggests otherwise...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Apr
24
 
 
We know Costco charges membership dues and sells goods off pallets on concrete floors under cheap lighting. We know the portions are large. And we assume all of this means the prices are low.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Jan
19
 
 
Sometimes a TV show -- even a reality TV show -- can break the bonds of its premise. Shark Tank, which returns to ABC Friday, Jan. 20 at 8 p.m. ET, had a pretty good premise to begin with. The season premiere, though, serves up a couple of engrossing surprises...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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