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2012
Feb
29
 
 
It's less than 4 weeks now until Mad Men starts Season 5 on AMC March 25. But where did the Emmy-winner leave off oh-so-many months ago? Jon Hamm and friends remind us about the show's "unanswered questions." - DW
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Feb
29
 
 
THE APARTMENT Another great movie! The last black-and-white film to win Best Picture (1960) before this year stars Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine, under unrivaled writer-director Billy Wilder. It's just out in a stunning new Blu-ray, and on DVD.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Feb
29
 
 
Both of ABC’s best sitcoms are jumping on the same subject tonight, and doing episodes tied to birthday celebrations on Leap Year. On this series, while some of the Heck family prepares for a self-designed Leap Night to celebrate Sue’s Feb. 29 birthday, young Brick (Atticus Shaffer) is distracted by another rare event: He’s being circled by his first-ever potential girl friend. But as he learns more about her, his expression turns from happiness… to horror.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Feb
29
 
 
Last night, on the first live show of the season, the young men performed. Tonight is ladies’ night – the night when viewers learn if their favorite females have made it to the next round.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Feb
29
 
 
On this ABC comedy, it’s Cam (Eric Stonestreet) who has the Feb. 29 birthday. And good thing, because some people might want to make a big deal out of a birthday that falls every four years. But the excitable Cam – well, he’s not clowning around. Or is he?
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Feb
29
 
 
This 1988 Tim Burton film is worth watching any time – when Burton points his whimsy in the direction of broad comedy, the results are giddily successful. But this inventively costumed tale, starring Michael Keaton as a paranormal entity who’s about as far from normal as you can get, is worth watching tonight for a very timely reason…
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Feb
29
 
 
… And that’s because tonight’s episode of Face Off, the Syfy competition series featuring genre makeup artists, challenges its contestants to come up with character designs worthy of, and alluding to, the makeup and costume effects of Tim Burton.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Feb
28
 
 
The third phase of this show arrives tonight – and for the limping American Idol, couldn’t come soon enough. The live telecasts begin tonight, and if the judges and contestants can’t inject some energy into this week’s shows, then they’ll lose even more momentum to NBC’s The Voice.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Feb
28
 
 
(Check Local Listings) Tune in for the opening moments of writer-director David Belton’s two-hour documentary about the Amish, and you’ll know within seconds – because of the almost reverent silence and respectful distance of the rural landscapes at dawn – that you’re in good hands. This is the best, most complete documentary on the Amish I’ve ever seen. For more, see today’s BIANCULLI’S BLOG.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Feb
28
 
 
SEASON FINALE: After more than a season of messing up romantically but doing well professionally, Crosby (Dax Shepard) finally makes the right move, and ends up at the altar. But as he has cause to rejoice, there are other issues as well in this last episode of the season, including new and broken business propositions – one professional, one painfully personal.
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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