DAVID BIANCULLI

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2014
Jan
1
 
 

Happy New Year. The first day of 2014, basically, is a day of rest for television. But after that, almost instantly, TV’s winter dormancy is over. Prepare to strap on and dive in…

 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Dec
23
 
 

The last week of 2013 is a doubleheader for me on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross. First comes a last-second roundup of DVD gift ideas – then my year-end TV chat with Terry…

 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Dec
9
 
 

HBO’s Six by Sondheim special, premiering Monday night at 9 ET, tells the story of Broadway composer Stephen Sondheim while looking closely at six of his songs. Why stop there?...

 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Nov
21
 
 

Friday, on the exact 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy, NBC’s Tom Brokaw asks Where Were You? That same day, on NPR’s Fresh Air, I give my answer…

 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Nov
17
 
 
The actual ending to AMC’s Breaking Bad was among the most satisfying in TV history. But now there’s an “official” alternate ending, alluding to the finest TV finale of all…
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Oct
31
 
 

The Returned, which Sundance Channel launches in the U.S. on Halloween night, is a creepy, eerie, hauntingly memorable miniseries. But you’ll have to trust me on that…

 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Oct
18
 
 

Only a handful of Stephen Poliakoff’s British TV dramas have been shown in the U.S., but I’ve seen four wonderful ones. This weekend, Starz imports a fifth…

 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Oct
13
 
 
AMC’s The Walking Dead returns for its new season without a deadly warlord to oppose – but with plenty of drama just in existing, day to day, after the zombie apocalypse…
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Oct
13
 
 
Last week, the impending defection to the new firm created some unexpected allies, as Alicia (Julianna Margulies) found a sudden, crucial influx of funds provided by her own mother (Stockard Channing). This week, Will (Josh Charles) learns of Alicia’s plans – and he, too, reacts unexpectedly.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Oct
2
 
 
First Vince Gilligan won an Outstanding Drama Series for Breaking Bad. Then he ended his series, brilliantly. And to complete his terrific trifecta, he made a wild appearance on Comedy Central's The Colbert Report....
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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 avaialble on Amazon.

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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The Letters of 'Victoria'
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