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2012
Jul
31
 
 
If you want to get up early (or stay up late) to watch live coverage of the Olympic Games from London, NBC Sports Network is the first and best place to go. As for NBC's prime time, expect it to be built around Michael Phelps. Period.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Jul
31
 
 
I recommended, and watched, this 1964 James Bond movie back on July 7 — and I’m doing it again today, only three weeks and a few days later. Why? The answer, as well as a question for you, is in my latest Bianculli’s Blog, which you can read HERE.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Jul
31
 
 
Sometimes TV is like a box of chocolates – and here’s a tasty confection from 1994, one that earned Oscars for Best Picture, for Tom Hanks as Best Actor, and four others. Gary Sinise, in a key supporting role as Lieutenant Dan, is one secret ingredient of this historical mash-up. Another is Mykelti Williamson (pictured), who plays the sweet, and slow, Bubba – and who, last season, played the much smarter, and much less sweet, Limehouse on FX’s Justified.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Jul
31
 
 
Here’s a super piece of guest casting: Laura Vandervoort, who played Supergirl on Smallville, guest stars as a beautiful widow who may be a murderess as well. And she also may be appearing in future episodes, because her chemistry with Matt Bomer, as Neal, didn’t escape the show’s producers.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Jul
31
 
 
Episode 4 in Terence Wrong’s latest, satisfyingly popular nonfiction medical series is loaded with tense cases, including a 4-year-old girl with a large tumor in her heart (her family is shown here, talking to the pediatric heart surgeon) and a man whose eating disorder compels him to eat metallic objects. (“Honey, have you seen my car keys?”)
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Jul
31
 
 

I saw the 1964 James Bond film Goldfinger when Encore televised it earlier this month, and I’ll see it again when it’s repeated July 31. I can’t help myself. For me, it’s one of those irresistible spider-web movies: a film that ensnares me every time it’s on TV…

 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Jul
30
 
 
You know about Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon as Johnny and June Carter Cash — but look a little deeper, in this 2005 biographical film, and you’ll see Ginnifer Goodwin, the Big Love wife (one of them) now featured as one of the stars in ABC’s Once Upon a Time.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Jul
30
 
 
Events presented, in repackaged form, in prime time tonight include more men’s swimming finals, men’s gymnastics, men’s synchronized diving, and beach volleyball.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Jul
30
 
 
This new documentary puts the best possible face on the topic of famous and beautiful faces – interviewing and gathering supermodels, past and present (including Christie Brinkley, pictured),  to talk about their respective careers and perspectives. You have to admit: it’s a gorgeous idea for a nonfiction film.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Jul
30
 
 
We’re down to the final three episodes of this series – so tonight, Brenda’s parents, played by Barry Corbin and Frances Sternhagen, decide it’s a good time to visit. But it’s not, because their daughter (played by Kyra Sedgwick) is embroiled in a sensitive investigation involving the murder of a priest.
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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