DAVID BIANCULLI

Founder / Editor

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2014
Dec
30
 
 

The week between Christmas and New Year’s Day, on television, is a vast wasteland, with one glorious exception. And, once again, the Kennedy Center Honors delivers the goods. And the greats…

 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Dec
24
 
 

Today (Dec. 24) on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross, I’ll be visiting with Terry to talk about the year in TV. That gets me in a reflective mood to think about my year, and to give thanks…

 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Dec
8
 
 
Here, for your holiday shopping ease, is a collection of new and classic TV shows on DVD.  All of them guaranteed to please, so long as you match the right gift to the right person...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Dec
3
 
 

On Thursday, Dec. 4, NBC presents Peter Pan Live!, a live musical telecast. I reviewed it the last time NBC performed it live – in 1960…

 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Nov
17
 
 

The 1960s TV series Batman has never been available on home video – until now. It’s finally emerging from the proverbial Batcave, in a set sure to please Baby Boomers and confuse today’s youngsters…

 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Nov
10
 
 

A lot of people, including some of you loyal readers, supported me as I prepared for my Apexart art exhibit. Now it’s time to say thanks – and also to reveal what, to my surprise, I learned in the process…

 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Nov
5
 
 
Well, not EVERYTHING. Not even a Charlie Rose table. But my Apexart exhibit on TV history does have a lot of things Stefon from Saturday Night Live might love, including the finale act-break note cards from Breaking Bad...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Oct
12
 
 

The arrival of Showtime’s The Affair, perhaps the year’s best new drama, is great news for quality TV fans. But it’s one more hour of great TV, on a night with so many already…

 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Oct
10
 
 

I was asked by CNN.com if I had any reaction to the reports that Jon Stewart had been offered the hosting duties on NBC’s Meet the Press, and had declined. I did…

 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Oct
5
 
 

Showtime’s Homeland burst onto the scene so forcefully that it won the Emmy Award for Best Drama Series its first year – then began to slide, markedly. But now it’s back, in more ways than one…

 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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.

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