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2012
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Call the Midwife er, delivers a worthy and unvarnished look at the low-tech home-birthing methods of the Fifties, and carries with it a charm and earnestness that goes deep into the heart and never leaves...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
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On a night when the TV schedule is so dead, why not spend prime time with the undead? Or, at least, with dead men walking. This 2005 zombie movie is one of the more recent genre efforts by George A. Romero, who revived the zombies, so to speak, with his classic low-budget feature, Night of the Living Dead.  This one stars Dennis Hopper and The Mentalist star Simon Baker.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
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Whenever things on TV are really slow, I turn for relief to Turner Classic Movies, where there’s almost always something worth watching. And presto: Tonight, TCM leads off prime time with this little-seen 1946 drama, about a woman (Laraine Day) whose horrid behavior towards men – one man in particular – may or may not be explained, and excused, by her schizophrenia.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
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I saw this 2011 movie in the theater, and just saw it again when it premiered on cable – and now, I’m afraid, it’s another movie I may have to add to my “spider-web” list, of films that ensnare me every time they’re televised. George Clooney stars as a husband and father who finds his marriage is about to change, along with his assessment of it. Stealing this Alexander Payne film is Shailene Woodley, who appears not to be acting, but simply captured on film.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
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This early vampire film – made in 1936, only five years after Bela Lugosi’s landmark Dracula – stars Gloria Holden as Countess Marya Zeleska, a forerunner of more modern vampires in that she’s portrayed somewhat sympathetically – and basically bisexually. You’re welcome.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Nov
30
 
 
I was a bit premature last week, identifying that night’s episode as the penultimate one of the season. Tonight, with Melissa George’s Sam finding important information about her own past, actually is the season’s next-to-last installment – and I’m pleased to report that Cinemax already has given the green light to a second season of this Frank Spotnitz spy series. Good news. Good move.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
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On this day in 1986, The Disney Channel — an 18-hours-a-day premium channel — signed off the air one last time...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
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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
30
 
 
On this day in 1986, The Disney Channel — an 18-hours-a-day premium channel — signed off the air one last time...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Nov
29
 
 
Two and a Half Men finally made me laugh. Well, OK, the half man did. It was a first, and as a much-appreciated bonus, I didn’t even have to watch the show...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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