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2012
Jun
29
 
 
TV and movies are still trying to recreate the screwball mayhem unleashed 70 years ago by writer-director-producer auteur Preston Sturges. This Saturday, Turner Classic Movies shows us why, piling up six Sturges flicks, starting at 8 p.m. ET...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Jun
27
 
 
Some people have interpreted this intensely edited video, excerpting and compiling recycled lines and bits of stage business from Aaron Sorkin’s various TV shows and movies, as a critical attack on the writer’s propensity for repeating himself. But I sense as much love and affection here as anything else...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Jun
19
 
 
Aaron Sorkin’s first TV series was ABC’s Sports Night, followed by NBC’s The West Wing and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. He’s back on NBC Thursday, but only for a few minutes – profiled by Savannah Guthrie for a segment on Rock Center...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Jun
16
 
 
Barry Levinson and Tom Fontana have produced a couple of memorable television series together, Homicide: Life on the Street and Oz. (You can add Diner, Rain Man and Bugsy to Levinson's credits, and St. Elsewhere to Fontana's.) The two are at it again with Copper, a period piece set in the notorious Five Corners of Civil War-era New York City. Premiering on Sunday, August 19, 9 p.m. ET, the crime-drama will be the first sole-produced series for BBC America...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Jun
9
 
 
I  intended to have spent this past week with other members of the advisory council for the Fred Rogers Center, but had to cancel. However, I was there in spirit – and Fred Rogers is here in spirit, in this delightful – and addictive – musical video mash-up called “Garden of Your Mind"...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Jun
5
 
 
TVWW's Diane Werts is previewing the returning summer shows, and among the first to premiere is Suits, one of the smarter of USA's quip-tastic dramedies, starting Thursday, June 14 at 10 p.m. ET. It features winning banter between Gabriel Macht as high-powered, dressed-to-win corporate attorney Harvey Specter, and Patrick J. Adams as Mike Ross, a junior player with a photographic memory and a secret to hide...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Jun
2
 
 
LONGMIRE — One of the better summer series, Longmire, premieres Sunday, June 3 at 10 p.m. ET on A&E. It's a contemporary western crime thriller based on Craig Johnson's best-selling mystery novels...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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