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2012
Jul
30
 
 
One of the bigger stories of the 2012 London Olympics is Michael Phelps' quest to become the all-time top medalist in history. Phelps already holds the record for most career gold medals (14)...Phelps has 17 medals one less than Russian-Ukranian gymnast Larisa Latynina, who captured 18. Here's a reel showing how Latynina's sport of the uneven bars, like so many others, has noticeably evolved since the '50s...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Jul
27
 
 
The unsuspecting internet sensation, Russian singer Eduard Khil, passed away recently at the age of 77. His 1976 Soviet TV performance of the American cowboy song "I Am Glad, 'Cause I'm Finally Returning Back Home" went viral on YouTube in 2009 and has had over 14 million hits since...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Jul
25
 
 
If we ever wondered if Aaron Paul's amped-up antics as Walter White' assistant Jesse Pinkman were carefully cultivated in rehearsal or sprang more out of intuitive improv, we need look no further than his long-ago appearance on The Price Is Right...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Jul
23
 
 
Usually Late Late Show host Craig Ferguson begins the CBS show with his trademark phrase, "It's a great day in America." But on July 20, following the mass shootings in Aurora, Colorado, Ferguson felt differently...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Jul
21
 
 
Tom Hanks' animated web series Electric City envisions a post-apocalyptic, low-tech future where electricity is a precious commodity and no one is quite who they seem...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Jul
18
 
 
...there was  Bill Moyers. If the idea of journalism as a critical part of democracy is important to you, the HBO series The Newsroom, and the Jeff Daniels character Will McAvoy, are going deep into that subject each week. And Bill Moyers has been doing it for real, for decades...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Jul
16
 
 
OK, so we're finally off to a new season of Breaking Bad. And it's been a verrry good start.  For as much enjoyment that we get out of the show, here's something to remind us that the cast might be enjoying it more...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Jul
13
 
 
The Season Five premiere of Breaking Bad is on Sunday, July 15 at 10 .p.m. ET. It's time for former high school chemistry teacher-turned-crime lord Walter White to burst back onto the screen, and indeed, he does just that...with a vengence...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Jul
11
 
 
Rod Serling just might be the blue print for the Don Draper character; combat veteran, thin, smoking, intense, articulate -- a rapid-fire machine of literary acumen. Here's the full 20 minute interview he gave Mike Wallace in 1959, coutesy of PBS/American Masters...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Jul
8
 
 
Romance novels have maybe never been more popular; and as the upcoming PBS documentary points out, one is sold about every four seconds around the world. it unmasks the forces shaping this large part of the publishing industry, but it's also a humourous and touching look at ordinary readers...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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

 
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