DAVID BIANCULLI

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2014
Feb
28
 
 
We first learned about Ken Burns’ celebration of the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address last year, with many celebrities participating in the project with their own video recitals. In this charming version, Elmo learns that the address isn’t a place but an important speech in American history.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Feb
24
 
 
This six-minute video isn’t a history of hand puppets on TV, though that would be fun, too. It’s a history of TV presented by hand puppets from the Glove and Boots puppet web series...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Feb
22
 
 
The Sugarhill Gang may have added those last two names to their famous “Rappers Delight” lyrics if they’d been able to see what Tonight Show viewers witnessed this past week.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Feb
14
 
 
The Netflix hit is due to return this week and in case you need a refresher, or maybe want to skip Season 1, here’s a lightning flash trip through all the main plot points from the premiere season...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Feb
11
 
 
Jimmy Fallon will soon take over hosting duties for The Tonight Show. To remind us of that upcoming historic event, Fallon used his waning days on his show recently to insert himself into a set that looked eerily similar to the bedroom of a character from a hugely successful sitcom from the glory days of ABC’s TGIF:  Full House...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Feb
9
 
 
Here’s an off-beat angle on the story of The Beatles first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964: Sullivan first saw the Fab Four on the CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Feb
6
 
 
With car insurance companies wallpapering commercial time 24/7, they need the most clever jokes and characters... Here's the Geico pitch that makes its discount strategy as commonly known as other obvious standards – like the oldest trick in the book...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Feb
3
 
 
It was a spry evening of Super Bowl commercials, and Audi’s cautionary tale of the perils of compromise that mused on an unwise breeding of a Doberman and a Chihuahua – a “Doberhuahua”– won the night, in our opinion. The spot got our most prolonged “what the hell” moment...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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 under $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