DAVID BIANCULLI

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2013
Nov
28
 
 
Here’s Stephen Colbert’s contribution to your Thanksgiving table: a virtual family member who has had a little too much to drink, is embittered... anf chooses the absolute wrong time to spill it all...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Nov
27
 
 
Paul Simon went against type for his 1976 Thanksgiving appearance on Saturday Night Live by walking out in a turkey suit to begin “Still Crazy After All These Years”...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Nov
24
 
 
The body of slain President John F. Kennedy was carried by a horse-drawn caisson to the U.S. Capitol on November 24 to lie in state... the funeral took place the next day with representatives of over 90 countries attending. Here are clips from those  two days – all in color footage not usually associated with the events of the day...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Nov
20
 
 
As we noted in our review of the documentary, JFK: One PM Central Standard Time, Walter Cronkite's breaking-live broadcast of the Kennedy assassination was significant for his rigorous delivery of what were confirmed facts, and just as rigorous reminders of what were not, even though they were thought to be reliable...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Nov
17
 
 
Ken Burns has launched an initiative in which he’s inviting us to learn the Gettysburg Address to honor the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s speech...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Nov
14
 
 
John Hurt, Matt Smith and David tenant all star as Doctor in the upcoming Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special, The Day of the Doctor, premiering November 23 on BBC America...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Nov
11
 
 
Norway’s public TV company, NRK, has the antidote for those burned out on the deluge of quick-cut images on modern television. It’s the new genre they call “Slow TV”... and has shows that include 12 hours of knitting...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Nov
7
 
 
Sesame Street's parodies are turning out to be better than SNL's. In their homage to Showtime's Homeland, Carrie has to help find the big bad wolf...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Nov
4
 
 
Channeling his best Hunter Thompson-Lowell Thomas-Paul Bowles reportage, Anthony Bourdain finds Tokyo at once reserved, yet bound in erotic fantasy -- perhaps the ultimate enigma...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Nov
2
 
 
For the celebration of what would have been Jimi Hendrix’s 70th birthday, PBS American Masters will be premiering the two-hour documentary Hear My Train A Comin’...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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 available in paperback for under $15. 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. Interviews with Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks, Norman Lear, Bob Newhart, Matt Groening, Larry David, Amy Schumer are high points... Bianculli has written a highly readable history." —The Washington Post