DAVID BIANCULLI

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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...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Nov
23
 
 
...There was the Home Shopping Club. Before the internet, HSC made a good business out of round the clock home shopping on your television...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Nov
22
 
 
Here's what happens in South Park when the boys have to do a school project on Thanksgiving, and go to The History Channel for their research...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Nov
19
 
 
Sir Anthony Hopkins and his rubber nose premiere this week as Alfred Hitchcock...and here's a whimsical collection of his many cameo appearances in his films, all to the offbeat theme of the Alfred Hitchcock Presents American television series...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Nov
16
 
 
It looks like Jon Stewart got more than his fair share of the government gifts Republican candidate Mitt Romney referred to on a post-election conference call released last week...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Nov
12
 
 
The Emmy-winning Showtime series Homeland hasn't escaped mockery, with Anne Hathaway stepping into the Claire Danes role of Carrie Mathison for a Saturday Night Live sketch last weekend...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Nov
9
 
 
PBS Digital Studios has introduced a new web series, Inventors...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Nov
4
 
 
Louis C.K., appearing on the latest Saturday Night Live, included a parody of his own Emmy-winning show, Louie...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Nov
2
 
 
Here's Jon Stewart Wednesday night, having returned from two nights cancelled due to Hurricane Sandy...praising President Obama, Governor's Cuomo and Christie, and NYC mayor Bloomberg for putting aside the usual politics and for demonstrating the power and competence of their public offices...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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