DAVID BIANCULLI

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2014
Dec
29
 
 
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver may be on hiatus until February 8, but its host couldn't resist going on YouTube to give his take on the holidays. Specifically what he thinks is the "worst” holiday of them all: New Year's Eve...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Dec
20
 
 
Craig Ferguson’s Late Late Show signed off on Friday (Dec 19) after ten years on the air, closing out a memorable week as Ferguson and robot sidekick Geoff Peterson (Josh Robert Thompson) sent the show off with some great sketches...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Dec
17
 
 
We here at TVWW, like many of you, have clips of shows we like to watch over and over…primarily those that make us laugh so hard we can barely breathe. But when the holiday season puts me in a musical mood, I pull up two favorites...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Dec
9
 
 
As The Colbert Report draws to a close, Stephen is getting the A-list guests. On Monday (Dec. 8), it was President Barack Obama who stepped in, not only as a guest, but to take over “The Word” segment...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Dec
7
 
 
Vince Gilligan’s spin-off about the backstory of Breaking Bad crook lawyer Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk), Better Call Saul, is officially premiering Sunday, February 8 on AMC...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Nov
25
 
 
Here in the U.S., our last monarch was King George III and, as you may recall, that was a couple of centuries ago. Yet we still seem to admire many things British...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Nov
15
 
 
Over ten years ago Katie Couric demonstrated to us all, by being brave enough to have a colonoscopy on the air during the Today show, that it was the responsible, painless, and smart thing to do for our health. Now someone new is offering us that same encouragement...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Oct
27
 
 
We are big fans of alt-rock OK Go’s music video brand – stunning productions all done, unbelievably, in one take. They’re back with “I Won’t Let You Down” which uses drone cameras and gyroscopic unicycles, among other things...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Oct
25
 
 
Since Supreme Court sessions can’t be televised, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver recently proposed a new method for reenacting proceedings devised to get viewers to pay attention to the droll matters of the law...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Oct
16
 
 
There will be a new complete series collection of Reno 911 coming out next monthThe 2003-09 Comedy Central series parodied COPS-like police reality shows in a mockumentary, single-camera style with the actors improvising a lot of the dialogue...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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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