DAVID BIANCULLI

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2015
Dec
31
 
 

The U.S. Postal Service waited until the end of 2015 to announce its stamp roster for 2016, but one set of stamps deserves immediate special attention on TVWW. It’s a stylishly designed quartet of stamps devoted to the golden anniversary of Star Trek…

 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Dec
24
 
 

It’s that time of the year: holiday visits and visitors, annual Top 10 TV lists, and, tonight on NPR’s Fresh Air, my end-of-2015 debriefing with Terry Gross. Lists, links and holiday greetings follow…

 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Dec
23
 
 
(From NPR) When it came to new programming, broadcast TV didn't impress critic David Bianculli much this year. But if you add in cable and streaming services, then the story changes...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Dec
16
 
 
With the new Star Wars hitting theaters (perhaps you’ve heard?), there’s no better time to revisit what I consider the funniest Star Wars lampoon of all time, hands down. Or paws down, since it involves Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, the acerbic canine puppet alter ego of comedian and writer Robert Smigel. In May 2002, upon the release of Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Dec
8
 
 
This year’s scheduled musical performers include Selena Gomez and Ellie Goulding, and the Victoria’s Secret models this year include first-timer Gigi Hadid. She’s pictured here, for identification purposes – but personally, I only watch these Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show specials for the articles.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Dec
3
 
 

You might expect a Christmas special by Bill Murray to be an entertaining mixture of songs, comedy and special guests – and his new Netflix special is precisely that. But his A Very Murray Christmas is unexpected in at least one respect: It’s irony-free…

 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Nov
28
 
 

This time of year, what do The Great American Dream Machine, Better Call Saul and dozens of other great DVD boxed sets have in common? They’re all gift suggestions from myself, here or on NPR’s Fresh Air, or from other TVWW editors and writers…

 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Nov
20
 
 

The best new series of the year is about to drop on Amazon Friday, with every episode of Season 1 available at once: The Man in the High Castle, based on the Philip K. Dick novel…

 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Nov
6
 
 
I’ve been waiting for a collection of this groundbreaking 1971-72 PBS series to be released on home video for decades – ever since I bought my first Sony Betamax in 1977. Well, it took a while, but here it is...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Oct
19
 
 

One of the best bits to date from CBS’s Late Show with Stephen Colbert will be repeated Tuesday: Kevin Spacey’s literally poetic salute to Carol Burnett. And I recently got the whole behind-the-scenes story, from both Burnett and Spacey themselves…

 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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 avaialble on Amazon.

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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The Letters of 'Victoria'
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