DAVID BIANCULLI

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ERIC GOULD

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JONATHAN STORM

 
 
2012
May
31
 
 
The CW's Breaking Pointe, an unscripted summer series about a Salt Lake City-based ballet company, is already toe-tagging itself in its premiere episode...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
May
29
 
 
Dogs In The City is pet-able but also kind of annoying and redundant, says TVWW contributor Ed Bark. Bark's cats, on the other hand, give the new CBS series two paws down...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
May
25
 
 
Pretty as a picture, but sometimes too much of a still life, HBO's Hemingway & Gellhorn is a lengthy ode to star-powered, old time filmmaking...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
May
23
 
 
TBS' Men at Work: The saga of four buds who'll drink Buds (if TBS can land a product placement deal) while plotting their next plans of attack...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
May
22
 
 
During times when backlot filming provided cover for wide varieties of names and locations, Route 66 hit 40 different states for its 116 episodes — all of which can be seen on a new, 24-disc DVD collection...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
May
18
 
 
Now that we know what the 2012-2013 landscape looks like, let's look at a handful of pilots for potential series that didn't make the grade, either for the fall or midseason...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
May
17
 
 
No TV network worries in the least about being accused of the latter. And there's really no upside for a TV critic to upbraid NBC for canceling one of its very few hits, Harry's Law, because it didn't appeal to the "right" audience...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
May
12
 
 
Entering to the strains of "Hail to the Chief," Howard Stern considered it his due. "I'm the big star of the show. You'll see," he told a media gathering Thursday in New York, with the proceedings also piped out to interested out-of-town TV writers. The show is NBC's America's Got Talent, which launches Season 7 on Monday, May 14 with Stern replacing Piers Morgan and joining holdover judges Howie Mandel and Sharon Osbourne. Stern, 58, and now a self-described "elder statesman" of broad
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
May
11
 
 
Nice 'n' breezy does it. USA Network's newest series, Common Law, is reminiscent of the network's other successes: Royal Pains, Psych, Burn Notice, White Collar and Suits...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
May
8
 
 
Jake Johnson's very first pilot, New Girl, hit Fox running in September and became this season's first and really only instant hit. The actor reflects on the show's debut season, and his passion for Chicago sports...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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