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2012
Apr
30
 
 
Last year, Craig Ferguson and his cronies went to France for a week of freewheeling, genre-bending talk shows. The week of May 14, he does it again, this time in Scotland. He checks in on his home town of Cumbernauld, and presents some serious interviews, as well as lots of comic nonsense, along the way...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Apr
27
 
 
George Harrison: Living in the Material World, the brilliant Martin Scorsese HBO documentary on Beatle George Harrison, is available on DVD and Blu-ray May 1. Scorsese conducted extensive new interviews with Beatles contemporaries Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney and Yoko Ono; other musicians, such as Eric Clapton; and Harrison's widow, Olivia and son, Dhani. We loved the two-part documentary here, and then, here again. As a treat, here's the Beatles' last live performance...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Apr
25
 
 
In honor of today's pick in THIS DAY IN TV HISTORY, here are the opening credits to China Beach, the wonderful 1988-91 ABC series that made a star of Dana Delany, playing a combat nurse in Vietnam who thrives on the friendships and meaning, and even chaos, she finds there. And Delany, now the star of the same network's Body of Proof, isn't the only now-familiar face here...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Apr
22
 
 
Ah, yes, perhaps the most delightfully deranged show ever aired by Fox or any other network -- the 1996 classic, 'Profit' starring Adrian Pasdar as a corporate climber who gives new meaning to the word sociopath. These promos nicely hint at its dark and droll wit. (Hard to find on out-of-print DVD, but worth the search!)
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Apr
21
 
 
And now here is your weekend moment of zen . . . actually, a half-hour of zen: Comic innovator Ernie Kovacs' legendarily visual "Eugene" special, made just before his 1962 death. Today, we're used to all kinds of video tricks, but 50 years ago, Ernie was a pioneer, playfully expanding the TV medium with imaginative glee. Take a time trip that continues to delight . . . - DW
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Apr
20
 
 
Filmmaker Angelo Guglielmo describes his personal involvement with the title subject of his mesmerizing 9/11 fallout documentary The Woman Who Wasn't There (Friday 8-9:30 p.m. ET, Investigation Discovery). More in FOR BETTER OR WERTS review at left. - DW
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Apr
14
 
 
More on "Girls"? Yes, but this is straight from the big guns behind HBO's new Sunday comedy buzz-magnet -- writer/director/star Lena Dunham and executive producer Judd Apatow. - DW
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Apr
12
 
 
Can't wait for Ken Burns' next PBS documentary? Here's a peek at The Dust Bowl, which premieres Nov. 18-19, examining "the worst man-made ecological disaster in American history." - DW
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Apr
10
 
 
Plan now to watch Wednesday night's "Peter O'Toole: Live From the TCM Classic Film Festival" (8 and 11:30 p.m. ET), a 2011 conversation between the accomplished actor and Robert Osborne. It's accompanied on TCM by films including The Lion in Winter (9 p.m. ET) and Lawrence of Arabia (12:30 a.m. ET). - DW
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Apr
9
 
 
The late Mike Wallace grills 'em in this CBS News archive reel showcasing some of his tough interviews with Richard Nixon, Ayatollah Khomeini and other world figures. - 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 now available in paperback for under $15. 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. Interviews with Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks, Norman Lear, Bob Newhart, Matt Groening, Larry David, Amy Schumer are high points... Bianculli has written a highly readable history." —The Washington Post