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2013
Apr
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Given the recent Boston Marathon bombings, the HBO documentary, Manhunt — about the CIA's hunt for Osama bin Laden — is not only timely, but illuminating...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Apr
30
 
 
Amy Schumer seems happy enough to ride the one trick pony, playing the good-looking, wholesome girl with a cowboy mouth...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Apr
30
 
 
PART 2 of 2. This concluding half of Ken Burns' Dust Bowl documentary actually gets around to the Dust Bowl you thought this nonfiction film was about, after a first-part primer about previous dust storms and agricultural and environmental missteps. But that early groundwork served as the necessary roots system to make tonight's conclusion blossom - and, ironically, an abundance of groundwork, and a lack of roots system, is what led to the Depression-era Dust Bowl in the first place. Fascinating
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Apr
30
 
 
Tonight’s new episode is a flashback one, taking each character, including Zooey Deschanel’s Jess, back to the time when he or she lost his or her virginity. Set the “Awkward” dial to 11 – and enjoy.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Apr
30
 
 
NEW DAY: Viewers, to their credit, weren’t ready for NBC’s Ready for Love, a dating reality show that the network canceled after only a few viewings. And at NBC, the inventory is as thin as the quality, so instead of replacing Ready for Love with something new to follow The Voice, it’s moving Grimm from Fridays, where it’s been banished this season. This isn’t necessarily a recommendation, but by moving this show to Tuesdays, the evening, for NBC, is both a little m
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Apr
30
 
 
Tonight’s installment is an updated version of an earlier report, Top Secret America, detailing the country’s war on terror since 9/11. It’s updated to include the Boston Marathon bombings, putting that attack in a wider context of home-soil terrorism. Check local listings.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Apr
30
 
 
SERIES PREMIERE: Standup comic Amy Schumer gets her own series – one in which she tries, to quote a recent profile in The New York Times, to do her own Louie. That’s a commendable goal, but a tough landing to stick. For a full review, see Eric Gould’s Cold Light Reader.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Apr
30
 
 
ABC’s Family Tools is to comedy what a chainsaw is to birthday cake cutting. It doesn’t work well and makes a mess...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Apr
29
 
 
It’s the bachelor party for Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) – which has a good chance, given his insanely over-the-top hedonistic character flaws, to be legen – wait for it… – dary.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Apr
29
 
 
The title of this 1953 movie is more famous, and more memorable, than the movie itself. But it has some definite claims to fame, including a story (and co-screenplay credit) by Ray Bradbury, and the fact that it’s one of the era’s biggest efforts in a then-popular cinematic gimmick known as 3-D. Ah, how silly Hollywood was 60 years ago, thinking that a gimmick as obvious as 3-D could actually bring people into theaters!
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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