DAVID BIANCULLI

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JONATHAN STORM

 
 
2012
Apr
27
 
 
NBC’s 30 Rock presented a brilliant live episode Thursday night, inspired by and spoofing on the history of live TV itself. Then, three hours later, did it all over again, just as brilliantly – but by no means the same…
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Apr
26
 
 
NBC’s 30 Rock is performing and presenting this week’s episode live, a trick it pulled off successfully two years ago. But these days, is watching TV in “real time” a treat – or an annoyance?...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Apr
25
 
 
Thirty-five years ago, PBS’s Masterpiece Theatre imported a brilliant BBC miniseries about a family so twisted, it makes The Borgias and The Sopranos look like The Waltons -- now, reissued in a lavish new DVD set, I, Claudius still amazes...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Apr
23
 
 
No, you’re not seeing things. Well, actually, you are. This is still TV WORTH WATCHING – but we’ve finally delivered on our promise for another relaunch...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Apr
18
 
 
Fifty-five years after his American Bandstand pop-music show went national, TV host Dick Clark died Wednesday morning of a heart attack. He was 82...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Apr
14
 
 
HBO's new Girls series premieres Sunday, and we here at TVWW are welcoming it with open arms. Friday on NPR's "Fresh Air with Terry Gross," I preview the show with a lengthy clip chosen precisely to capture the writing and performing rhythms of auteur Lena Dunham...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Apr
11
 
 
Sometimes, despite the national mania about overly protective Spoiler Alerts, a TV show comes along that's too good not to talk about the next day...so stop reading now if you want to remain ignorant of its contents...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Apr
8
 
 
"60 Minutes" -- got caught a bit off guard by Wallace's death Saturday night at age 93. Morley Safer had to promise a full retrospective would be coming the following Sunday...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Apr
6
 
 
The new Starz series "Magic City," premiering Friday night at 10 ET, stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan as the owner of a flashy Miami Beach hotel in 1959 -- they got the look just right. With equal assurance, however, I can say they got everything else just wrong...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Apr
4
 
 
The 71st Annual Peabody Awards committee announced their latest awards Wednesday, and among those recognized were Showtime's "Homeland," HBO's "Game of Thrones," and IFC's "Portlandia." Also nabbing highly prized Peabody's for 2011...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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