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2012
Mar
30
 
 
In honor of the late banjo king Earl Scruggs, here he is with bluegrass duo-mate Lester Flatt on The Beverly Hillbillies, for which they legendarily provided the theme song. Dancing Granny! Dancing dogs! And Buddy Ebsen struttin' the stuff that made him the original Wizard of Oz Tin Man. - DW
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Mar
29
 
 
Sure looks seductive, doesn't it? "Magic City," Starz' sleek big-money look back at circa-'60 Miami Beach, gets a sneak peek this Friday. That's at 11 p.m. ET, after the season finale of "Spartacus: Vengeance," into whose 10 p.m. time slot "Magic City" slides the following week. - DW
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Mar
26
 
 
Julia Louis-Dreyfus as the vice president of the United States? Stranger things have happened. (Maybe.) Here's a peek at her new comedy "Veep", premiering April 22 on HBO. - DW
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Mar
18
 
 
Mary's back! "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" gets a major cable showcase when it hits Hallmark Channel April 1 with a 10-hour welcome marathon. Here's a clip from the classic "Chuckles Bites the Dust" episode: Mary, who's been chiding her WJM newsroom co-workers for joking about the death of the TV clown, finds herself broken up in an entirely different way at his funeral. - DW
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Mar
17
 
 
Some long-gone shows are even better than legend has it. Here's one -- "My Living Doll", the 1964 sitcom starring Julie "Catwoman" Newmar as a robot, with Bob Cummings as her would-be minder. Newmar's deftly innocent mis-takes on human behavior prove enduringly delightful as My Living Doll hits DVD this Tuesday. - DW
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Mar
15
 
 
Brideshead Revisited, Upstairs Downstairs, Pride and Prejudice, The Jewel in the Crown, The Forsyte Saga, Moll Flanders, Cranford and I, Claudius -- if just the titles make you sigh, then public TV has the program for you. It's The Story of the Costume Drama, a too-short hour survey of great moments in British period miniseries over the past 50 years. (Check local listings for March airings.) - DW
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Mar
13
 
 
Do we buy Ashley Judd as an ex-CIA agent kicking ass to get her kidnapped son back? Click above to watch the first act of ABC's new series "Missing" before its Wednesday 10 p.m. ET premiere. One thing's for sure: It doesn't start slow. - DW
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Mar
8
 
 
Think about this the next time you consider driving through rising water: Japan Tsunami: Tales of Terror (Thursday at 9 p.m. ET, TLC) offers the testimony of a driver -- and footage from his on-board camera -- of being hit by the tsunami last March that also devastated the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. - DW
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Mar
7
 
 
You wouldn't necessarily expect to connect Modern Family patriarch Ed O'Neill to late martial arts icon Bruce Lee. But surprise! There's an impact. All is explained in the film I Am Bruce Lee (Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET, Spike), also featuring Kobe Bryant, Manny Pacquiao, Mickey Rourke, Taboo, Jon Jones, Gina Carano, Paul Rodriguez (the skateboarder), and more. - DW
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Mar
5
 
 
Whoa. It's been 30 years since John Belushi died of a drug overdose on March 5, 1982, at the age of just 33. One of Saturday Night Live's breakout regulars at its 1975 premiere, he's a big reason the show is still airing today. Here's one of Belushi's TV classics -- mimicking eccentric '60s soulman/Woodstock act Joe Cocker...right next to Cocker, in 1976. - DW
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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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