DAVID BIANCULLI

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2012
Dec
31
 
 
This should have been a TVWW Christmas present, but let's call it a parting gift for 2012. This short, from the ESPN documentary series E:60, features Team Ghost Riders, the Cowboy Monkey Rodeo...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Dec
27
 
 
It's that last week on the calendar when we look back on another year (that flew by so fast) and the notable television stars that left with it. TVWW had a lot to remember in 2012...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Dec
25
 
 
Bill Moyers has taken inspiration from the film Lincoln, and what the movie about the late President can teach us about democracy and compromise. Moyers talked with Lincoln screenwriter Tony Kushner this week, and they talked about a process that can produce progress instead of stalemates and gridlock...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Dec
21
 
 
The gold-standard holiday film, It's a Wonderful Life, used to be wallpaper on Christmas Eve, running non-stop on multiple channels until NBC got the rights...Here's Dana Carvey and SNL's 1986 version of a lost ending that explains what happens when the Baileys discover that Old Man Potter (Lionel Barrymore) has the missing $8,000...Turns out, they go street on him.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Dec
18
 
 
The shock and grief is ongoing this week following the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut last Friday. President Obama went to Newtown on Monday and delivered heartfelt remarks at an interfaith prayer vigil for the victims...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Dec
15
 
 
This isn't video worth watching, or one that you'd ever want to see. But it is video that is now, regrettably, part of the national record. President Obama became emotional yesterday as he addressed the nation after the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Dec
11
 
 
Mel Brooks gives TVWW's David Bianculli a new exclusive interview this week on the release of his new HBO special, Mel Brooks Strikes Back...One highlight of Mel's new DVD, The Incredible Mel Brooks, is his 70's impression of Frank Sinatra doing "America the Beautiful"...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Dec
7
 
 
To accompany the special price Amazon has on A Charlie Brown Christmas, here's the opening song of the famous soundtrack album. So popular, and often synonymous with the Peanuts specials, it's known as "The Peanuts Theme", but the track is actually titled...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Nov
30
 
 
NBC's Parks and Recreation gave another very funny -- and, to TVWW, very much appreciated -- nod to NPR Thursday night...It's David's second surprise shout-out reference on this delightful NBC show -- but who's counting? (David is.)
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Nov
28
 
 
In another sign of the fall of western civilization, or, that we have not yet reached the bottom of cable programming, here's a recent clip from Tru TV's Killer Karaoke – where contestants sing while enduring challenges. Like mulitple shock devices...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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

 
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